Major Barnstaple ‘gateway’ roundabout in line for floral makeover
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Town council strikes three-year deal with McDonald’s to improve look of new roundabout at Roundswell
Plans are in place to improve one of the main gateway roundabouts to Barnstaple.
The Roundswell Roundabout has been dubbed an ‘eyesore’ since a £1.2million upgrade in 2014.
But thanks to a new sponsorship deal with McDonald’s, the A39/A361 roundabout is set to get a make-over in time for summer.
Local McDonald’s franchisee holder David Hunt has agreed a three-year sponsorship deal with Barnstaple Town Council, part of the council’s Get Barum Blooming initiative.
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“We already sponsor one roundabout locally, but the Roundswell roundabout is a major gateway to Barnstaple and needs to be a more inviting image,” said Mr Hunt.
“The roundabout was an eyesore but we’ve made a start.
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“As part of the basic deal, we’ve agreed to strim the grass 14 times a year.
“We’ve started by getting the overgrowth under control, and we’re now looking at ways to ‘beautify’ it and make it more of a feature.
“It has been raised from a highways safety perspective but we will be also meeting with landscapers to discuss things like flower beds and work out what we can do.”
So far, 24 businesses have signed up to the Get Barum Blooming sponsorship campaign, which gives firms the opportunity to help maintain roadside planted areas such as grass verges and roundabouts.
Barnstaple mayor Julie Hunt said: “I think what is happening in Barnstaple is marvellous.
“So many areas are looking better because local people have stepped in to help, and I’m very keen as mayor to see the town council’s support for this work continue.
“The roundabout at Roundswell was a good example of an area that looked very poor because no-one was maintaining it, and I’m pleased that David has agreed to rescue it, without any arm-twisting from the Mayor.”
Tidy Up Our Town week
The news comes as Barnstaple gets ready to roll up its sleeves for the town council’s ninth annual Tidy Up Our Town week.
The week-long event starts on Monday and encourages people to organise and take part in a series of co-ordinated litter picks and clean-ups around the town.
Since the campaign was founded in 2008, volunteers have helped shift around 45 tonnes of rubbish.
The week will culminate with a community fun day in Rock Park on Saturday May 21, from 11.30am to 3.30pm.
The fun day will feature a range of activities, including a family dog show, inflatable assault course, scrap store workshops and face painting.
For more information about Tidy Up Our Town or Get Barum Blooming, call the council on 01271 373311.