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Royal Borough votes against its own recommendation and approves roundabout fountain plans

Royal Borough votes against its own recommendation and approves roundabout fountain plans

Lucy Elder

Plans for a fountain at the Clarence Road roundabout in Windsor have been approved despite recommendations that it should be refused.

The application, which was put in by the Royal Borough, was recommended for refusal on the grounds that it would obstruct visibility and be a hazard to passing road users.

The design features a semi-circular row of jets angled to spray from the outer edge of the pool towards the centre.

In the centre will be a dandelion sphere fountain, made up of 380 nozzles to create a watery sphere measuring just over 2.5 meters.

Councillors debated whether the fountain would be likely to cause a distraction to motorists.

Cllr Philip Bicknell (Con, Park) proposed the plans should go ahead and was seconded by Cllr George Bathurst (Con, Castle Without).

Cllr Bathurst said he didn't think the objection on the grounds of traffic 'held water'.

"If somebody is having a serious accident on that roundabout it is not because hey are distracted, it is because they are going too fast," he said.

Cllr John Penfold (West Windsor Independent Group, Clewer North) brought up the conundrum of what makes a good fountain.

"If it doesn't attract attention, it isn't a very good fountain. If it does attract attention, it distracts you when you are driving," he said.

"If we are going to increase the number of accidents on the roundabout I have got reservations."

The meeting heard that since 2012, there have been 12 accidents that have resulted in injuries at the roundabout, two of which have been serious.

A vote was taken to decide if the decision should be deferred, but the majority were against.

Councillors then voted to approve the application and it was passed with three in favour, one against and two abstentions.

Conditions that the height of the fountain should not change, except due to weather conditions, and there should be no flashing lights were also agreed.

Other applications approved at the Windsor urban development control panel meeting held in the Guildhall last night were:

  • An application to build a block of 12 flats in Slough Road, Datchet.
  • A retrospective change of use of office to school at The Green Room School in Albert Street, Windsor.
  • A retrospective change of use for a temporary period of a former garage and home office for educational space and four additional car parking spaces, also at The Green Room School.
  • An application for changes to the ridge line and top floor of a property in Arthur Road, Windsor, ready for a loft conversion.

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