A MODEL castle planted on a Wallingford roundabout could distract drivers, a county councillor has warned.
The 6ft-high metal castle has been placed on the St Leonard’s Square roundabout by town council parks staff as a flower planter.
But the roundabout is in the conservation area and the structure should be removed, says county councillor Lynda Atkins, who is also a town councillor.
Les Adlam, 61, of Look-in Gents’ Hairdressing in St Leonard’s Square, said he saw parks staff install the castle about a week ago.
He said: “It does look very odd.
“I have been here for 27 years and this is the first time I have ever seen anything like it.
“The parks and gardens people put it up but I’m not sure why – it looks like someone had a bit of time to kill, made the castle and put it there.
“It’s the first time we have had a castle on the roundabout and our customers think it is very odd.
“I think it looks like a portable loo with crenellations and I have put my England flag on it to brighten the place up during the World Cup.”
Tony Ginn, the landlord of the Coachmaker’s Arms pub in St Mary’s Street, said: “The castle is certainly a talking point – it’s 6ft tall and battlefield grey and suddenly appeared.
“I thought someone had put it there as a joke.”
Miss Atkins said: “I don’t know whether this planter is meant to be Wallingford Castle or the tower of St Mary’s Church, but it looks quite weird and I think it could distract drivers.”
Wallingford Castle Gardens are now on the site of Wallingford Castle, which was built by William the Conqueror in 1071 and demolished by Oliver Cromwell in 1652.
Miss Atkins added: “The roundabout is in a conservation area and the castle looks ugly and cheap. I would like to see it removed.”
Town clerk Jamie Baskeyfield said: “The town council has been dressing the mini-roundabout in St Leonard’s Square with floral displays for a number of years.
“Parks staff have been looking to enhance the display so they brought in this flower planter.”
Mr Baskeyfield said town councillors did not oversee every decision made by parks staff.
He added: “We can’t run every single decision past councillors and the parks staff are left to get on with it.
“Ros Lester, who is chairman of the parks and open spaces committee, is very positive about this but if any town councillors have a problem with it we will address that accordingly.”
Mrs Lester said: “The planter was made by one of the parks staff so I don’t think it cost the council any money and I think it’s fabulous.
“I don’t think it will distract drivers – the England flag is more of a distraction.”
8:30am Tuesday 6th October 2015
A FATHER has been jailed for nine years for violently shaking his baby son to death in a fit of frustration.
8:30am Tuesday 6th October 2015
The brother of Oxford United striker James Roberts has died after being involved in a car accident on Saturday night.
2:06pm Tuesday 6th October 2015
RISK assessments into the bathing habits of epileptic teen Connor Sparrowhawk may not have been carried out by carers, an inquest heard.
9:00am Tuesday 6th October 2015
A D-DAY war veteran has received the highest honour from the French Government more than 70 years after landing on the beaches of Normandy.
8:00am Tuesday 6th October 2015
THE 5p levy on plastic carrier bags has been dubbed a “no brainer” as government introduces the scheme to save millions in clean up costs.
7:00am Tuesday 6th October 2015
TWO Oxfordshire MPs spoke of the love and “wonderful” care hospices gave their families as they helped launch a week dedicated to the vital centres.
6:30am Tuesday 6th October 2015
CARE workers have described the moment they found an autistic teenager unconscious in a bath at a health unit, an inquest heard.
6:00am Tuesday 6th October 2015
A TEMPORARY narrowing of the road in St Giles could be carried out to see if the street could be more pedestrianised.
12:40pm Monday 5th October 2015
A FATHER accused of shaking his 11-week-old baby to death has been cleared of murder.
8:30am Monday 5th October 2015
A FAMILY stole thousands of pounds of benefits from a man with severe learning disabilities while forcing him to do menial and manual labour for £5 a day, a court heard.
12:03pm Monday 5th October 2015
THE A34 in South Hinksey is currently partially blocked due to a broken down tipper-truck.
11:50am Monday 5th October 2015
PARTS of Oxfordshire are due to be hit by heavy rain later today, according to the Met Office. A severe weather warning has been issued by the agency for the South East, which will be in place from 12pm until 10pm today. It has been forecast that some areas will see more than 15 mm of rain in an hour, with overall totals more than 40 mm in several hours. Small patches of localised flooding and disruptions to transport are also possible. A Met Office spokesman said: "A very complex area of low pressure will bring warm, moist air northwards into Britain. There is a developing signal for heavy rain to affect some southeastern parts of England later on Monday. "Some minor disruption due to flooding is likely, with an additional risk of some very isolated more substantial impacts."
7:00am Monday 5th October 2015
GREY pavements will be transformed with striking street art as one woman hopes to chalk up yet another successful art event this weekend.
4:01pm Sunday 4th October 2015
TRAFFIC is heavy on the A34 between the Wendlebury interchange and Pear Tree Roundabout after an earlier crash.