Reader Letter: Bring back Norwich’s blooming marvellous roundabouts
- Credit: SIMON FINLAY
When I first moved to Norfolk 56 years ago from the West Country my family and I were impressed with Norwich as a very 'fine' city with its wonderful medieval churches, quaint lanes, amazing cathedral and superb shopping facilities.
One of the notable features of this East Anglian gem were the beautiful roundabouts found throughout Norwich.
They seemed to exude the proudness of the citizens for their city and certainly added to the attractiveness of Norwich. Now unfortunately no more.
Many of the roundabouts now are just unattractive circles of grassland often unkempt and covered with advertising signs.
One of the most disappointing is the roundabout at the top of St Stephen's.
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For two weeks a year it takes on the appearance of a wild flower meadow but for the rest of the year it just looks quite unattractive.
As one of the first roundabouts visitors would see on entering our fine city why is this like it is?
- 1 Murder investigation launched after body of man found in Norwich flat
- 2 Flight bound for Norwich turns back to Aberdeen
- 3 Cyclist punched in the face during unprovoked attack turned away by GP
- 4 Calls for lines to be repainted at 'free-for-all' city roundabout
- 5 Four more roads in Norwich to close for resurfacing work
- 6 Norwich man crowned Britain's Best Young Chef
- 7 'We promise to leave you alone': Unusual new policy for shop
- 8 New Norwich shisha bar one of the best and cheapest spots for Turkish food
- 9 Teenage stabbing was 'rival gang revenge’ for YouTube videos
- 10 'Forced into the road': Safety fears over pavement parking
Surely a more formal, well tended roundabout like the one at Chapelfield would be more inviting — especially in this important city setting.
And to have a wild flower meadow with sub tropical palms around the edge seems also a little crazy to me!
All I ask is for the horticulturists responsible to put their thinking hats on and improve this eyesore in order for Norwich to regain its fitting title of a 'fine' city once again.
Chris Clements, Kensington Close, Saxlingham Nethergate