Monday, 5 January 2009

Sensory Garden moves to next stage.

The ill conceived Sensory Garden that is to be build in Tenbury Wells has moved to the next stage.

Funds have been secured, and now the work has been put out to tender.

This project which attracted no public support, and is likely to be seen by only a few people each year as it is hidden away. It is also in danger of costing the residents substantial costs in maintenance in future years, although initially the maintenance work will be carried out the Tenbury in bloom volunteers.

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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

1) Where did the idea for a sensory garden come from?
2) What is it for?
3) Who decided that this is the best way to spend the money? For example, free parking at the weekend would attract more people to the town and would cost less.
4) Given that the consultation meeting about how the Better Welcome money should be spent saw this proposal get no support whatsover, what was the purpose of that meeting? Clearly decisions were made behind closed doors and the meeting was just a sham so whoever runs these things can claim that the public were consulted (which they were, but their views were then ignored, meaning that everyone at the meeting wasted their time by being there).
5) Wouldn't it be better to spend the money on The Regal? Surely it's best to look after what you already have, rather than give yourself even more things to (not) look after?

Anonymous said...

Could not agree more!What a total and utter waste of money,when the volenteers ask for the rent to be quashed the council say they cant .WR15 how much has this sensory garden cost?

Anonymous said...

Is it called a sensory garden because it makes no sense?

@WR15 said...

Maybe that's why it is to be know as the Civic Garden!

Anonymous said...

How can a Town Council vote in favour of a project that was rejected by well attended public meeting. I thought they are supposed to be elected representatives. Who are they representing if not the public?

@WR15 said...

The AVM Better Welcome Grant was for £25,000. It is match funded by MHDC. Not sure if that means each paid £12,500 or each paid £25,000. Not all the money was for the garden. I don't know the percentage split.

Anonymous said...

I cant see for the life of me how an "out of the way" garden that will undoubtedly be a target for vandelism has anything to do with A Better Welcome.
Surely a better welcome for the town would be to see more shops and cafes open , particularly during the summer. You can count on the fingers of one hand the people prepared to put themselves out to encourage tourists to stay longer than 20 minutes.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't the £25,000 made up of £20,000 from the Market Towns Initiative, plus £5,000 from Malvern Hills?

Anonymous said...

Of course it will keep tourist in the town for longer than 20 minutes
1.Twenty minutes trying to find it
2.Two minutes laughing at it
3.Ten minutes on your phone telling people how the council can waste a load of money on nothing .

Bus Driver said...

How much is the garden costing?

@WR15 said...

No one seems to know at the moment, or if they do they are not saying!

The grant was about £30,000 which includes some other projects as new planting near the swimming pool and some more signs!

I guess the balance will go towards the Garden.

Anonymous said...

More signs? They've just put up a load of signs in the car park, warning people to beware of children (are the sign wallahs really frightened of children?), they've just put up old-world style signs all round the town, they've just replaced the sign that vanished in the floods and they recently put up new signs at the library. What on earth would more signs be for? Is it a new tourist attraction - a sign park?