Designer is to be congratulated

PUBLISHED: 07:41 04 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:17 24 May 2010

AM I the only resident in Weston that appreciates the new futuristic piece of art that graces our new Big Lamp area? All I hear are moans about the waste of council taxpayers' money and what else it should have been spent on. Quite a few backward looking

AM I the only resident in Weston that appreciates the new futuristic piece of art that graces our new Big Lamp area?All I hear are moans about the waste of council taxpayers' money and what else it should have been spent on. Quite a few backward looking folk even wanted a replica of the original lamp. Why as a town must we be so rooted in the past and reluctant to go forward?The designer of the Silica is to be congratulated on his creation - it fits in well and gives Weston a beautiful focal point which I am sure will be appreciated by visitors and residents in the future.The design includes a bus shelter, retail outlet and advertising facilities which will generate income towards its upkeep - all this at a cost to North Somerset Council taxpayers of around £20 to £30K - why are so many people moaning?Maybe the reason is that some councillors and would-be councillors are telling you different. This week I received a copy of 'Labour's News and Views' which claims that the carrot has cost council taxpayers £280K. Has nobody told them that £250K of the money was a grant from the Regional Development Agencies (RDA) Civic Pride scheme and if Weston had not taken it up some other town in the area would have got the money instead. Perhaps they don't bother attending meetings or take an interest in our town like we expect of our elected representatives. Time spent playing party politics and not enough emphasis on local affairs maybe? They should also remember that the RDA is controlled by Central Government - and who controls that?Clair Gibson, South West RDA planning and transport manager said: "The overriding aim of Civic Pride is to make people feel good about the place in which they live, work and relax." Let's hope it works!GEORGE RINGMilburn Road, Weston

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