Opportunities for sponsoring roundabouts in Harlow now available

Business / Wed 28th Jun 2023 at 01:05pm

LOCAL businesses and organisations can now sponsor a roundabout in Harlow as part of a new programme to restore pride in the town.

Planning permission has now been granted for advertising boards to be installed on 33 of Harlow’s roundabouts. This is all part of the council’s roundabout sponsorship and maintenance scheme, which is a partnership between the council and Community Partners Ltd and offers opportunities for advertising on the town’s roundabouts.

The money raised through sponsorship will go towards the upkeep and maintenance of roundabouts and is all part of the council restoring pride in Harlow. Not only will their landscape maintenance be improved; the council will also receive a regular income stream from Community Partners and save the money they had previously paid to maintain the roundabouts.

The new roundabout maintenance arrangement, which includes grass cutting, strimming, weeding, litter picking and bush and tree trimming, started earlier this year and runs until October every year.

Councillor Nicky Purse, cabinet portfolio holder for environment, said:

“I’m pleased to see that permission has now been given for the advertising boards as part of the sponsorship scheme.  There are plenty of opportunities for roundabout sponsorship throughout Harlow and the money raised from this will mean better looking, better maintained roundabouts across the town.

“With 33 of them in Harlow at present, there is a lot to be done and this all comes with a cost; the sponsorship deals will generate the money to keep them looking their best year-round, meaning we can use funds to support the other services we provide.

“This is all part of working hard to restore pride in our town by improving the way we maintain the environment.”

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19 Comments for Opportunities for sponsoring roundabouts in Harlow now available:

Cllr Tony Edwards
2023-06-28 14:41:58

Here's hoping - but not hopeful given their past record, that the Conservative led Essex County Council will play their part repairing or replacing the damaged road signs, lamp-posts and broken kerbs that disfigure the roundabouts and have been left unrepaired, sometimes for years.

2023-06-28 14:58:49

We said Tony. One close to me was demolished at Christmas replaced in June. Another demolished in 2021 post still laying on the ground now. ECC chief knows about it but staff or contractors ignore. Several others throughout Harlow damaged in 2022 still left as of that year! What good are County Councillors?

James Leppard
2023-06-28 15:14:22

Pity Harlow Labour never thought doing anything like this during their decade in administration. Many more dynamic councils have been operating these schemes for years. I suggest you look at the contrast with roundabouts in say Buckinghamshire to those in Harlow. Bucks has had sponsored and professionally maintained roundabouts for years. Harlow Labour: Luddite and myopic as ever.

2023-06-28 15:52:17

Ok how much for a roundabout ? This could be a lot of fun, can the sign be electronic?

Alderman Durcan
2023-06-28 16:09:36

I can confirm Labour had conversation with a charity about them managing the booking/sponsorship and using monies for local charities. We requested that environmental charities should be included which they declined. They told us it was for them to decide…. They were going to come back with set up costs and then we were told they could see enough profit to make it viable. Your former leader was aware of this as he put us in contact. Shame facts and truth gets in the way of your misunderstanding. Just like your MP.

Richard Adams
2023-06-28 16:28:03

I think I must be a bit older than James Leopard because I remember the redoubtable Labour Councillor Mavis Carter organising roundabout sponsorship back in the 1990s.

Nicholas Taylor
2023-06-28 16:56:46

Got to remember that our Council Leader has only been on this planet since the start of this century. We must all surely hope that this initiative is more successful than those in the past. ECC must play their part by replacing broken signs and removing posts which have no purpose, otherwise sponsors will soon pull out of their contract.

James Leppard
2023-06-28 17:28:14

Richard Adams, that may well be: "I said, an elder soldier, not a better:.." Julius Caesar Act IV Scene III. Point is, nothing was done since and a revenue generating opportunity was lost for the Council and a chance to greatly improve and reduce the cost of roundabout maintenance.

Jo Revitt
2023-06-28 19:12:43

Why does anything, that the Council propose, that could remotely improve the look of the town lead to squabbling between the usual suspects, as on this post. You ought to grow up, instead of behaving like children in a playground, it really is pathetic to read. If another County, are doing it successfully already, then let's use their template, instead of dwelling on shortfalls.

James Leppard
2023-06-28 20:40:43

Jo Revitt, you have hit the nail on the head! Unfortunately, Harlow Labour are on the Dark Ages and consider that any attempt to improve anything, even based on the successful experience of other authorities is somehow sacrilege. That probably explains why Harlow never advanced during a decade of Labour administration.

Luke Burton
2023-06-28 21:11:48

I can't think of many drawbacks to this so long as the money is then ringfenced for transport improvements. Sounds like a reasonable proposal.

Cllr Tony Edwards
2023-06-28 22:08:07

James - you always paint a very black and white picture - 1. I did not criticise the proposal to sponsor roundabouts 2. what I did do was raise the question of the Conservative County Council playing their part with regard to the maintenance of the road signs, kerbs and lamp-posts. That is not myopic, that is raising a reasonable question based upon the lack of action by the County Council in this regard over the last few years. Take a look, the evidence is there for all to see!

Alderman Durcan
2023-06-28 22:52:01

James no advancements in the last 10 years. Check out you own ward in potters street and Clifton hatch. Why not visit the history of the rugby club and who signed this off. Why not visit the med tec and enterprise zones Why not visit the council homes we built. Walk around the town park. New trees and wild flower planting New play areas and splash parks. Partnership working on the 3 hills area off common side road. Just some examples of achievements and success. Then reflect on what you have achieved in 2 years. Let’s give credit and stop the nonsense that nothing happened in 10 years.

David Forman
2023-06-28 23:55:50

Alderman Durcan forgot to mention the last Labour administration brought Kier to an end and created the Local Authority Trading Company HTS that has put lots of money in the council coffers. Something which the officers and delegates of Harlow Trades Union Council, especially councillor Waida Forman, lobbied hard for.

James Leppard
2023-06-29 07:32:52

David Forman, interesting comment.

2023-06-29 11:41:45

Managed by a private company in yourshire for profit wonder how much the council will see. Thought adverts were put on roundabouts years ago and then fell into disrepair. I can't want to see Harlow turn into corporate adverts where green roundabouts once stood. "welcome to Harlow sponsored by x blue chip company" "working together for Harlow and the largest paying sponsor"

Not my King
2023-06-29 18:36:10

Re: to restore pride in the town. .... #Risible

2023-06-30 07:00:11

Just what the doctor ordered. Something to distract a driver's attention whilst concentrating on entry/exit disciplines. Who thought of this money making farce, the same nut cases as those who dreampt up 'smart motorways?'

2023-06-30 07:10:12

Perhaps a better way to raise funds would be to put yellow hatch zones in on roundabout exits to prevent blocking roundabouts to allow traffic to flow with cameras, since people are unable to abide by the highway code. Charging a quid per car in th box would raise suitable funds a month to maintain each roundabout, easily made every morning during rush hour.

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