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The 'awfulness' of Southampton Road
1:50pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in Postbag
THE A36 from Southampton to Salisbury is the gateway for tourists to this wonderful cathedral city of ours.
The panorama from the top of Pepper Box Hill is stunning and three-quarters of the way along the Alderbury by-pass the view of the cathedral is as fine a one as you will find anywhere in England.
From then on in visitors must think they are entering a Third World country.
The Clarendon junction at the end of the by-pass is full of detritus; so much so that even the kerbs are no longer visible.
Further on, at Petersfinger, there is a smashed down fence, opposite is a builders’ yard, round the corner are still more broken fences. Arriving at the Tesco roundabout, the journey from then on in gets even worse.
The bridge over the River Bourne next to B&Q has not been painted for years and must be so rotten as to be a safety hazard.
The proliferation of hanging plastic and free standing advertisements on the fences of the various companies is ridiculous, and coupled with the unnecessary items of street furniture makes the whole entrance to the city a disgrace.
I guarantee that not one person from the chief executive to the lowliest employee, from the chairman of the most powerful committee to the most recently elected councillor will hold their hand up and admit responsibility for that approach to the city. There will, no doubt, be endless laws and lack of money to hide behind.
If those to whom we have delegated powers through our taxes and vote are indifferent to the awfulness of the Southampton Road is democracy dead?
GRAHAM READER, Salisbury
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