Row over who should maintain busy roundabout

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BROKEN glass, overgrown weeds and rubbish are all at the heart of a row over who should be maintaining one of the largest roundabouts in Fareham.

Quay Street Roundabout was upgraded by Tesco two years ago and its current appearance has been labelled a disgrace by councillors.

Cllr Katrina Trott, who represents Fareham East on Fareham Borough Council, said the roundabout was in a ‘deplorable state’ and called for urgent action to improve the roundabout, which is a major gateway into the town.

Tesco store manager Simon Beale said the supermarket was looking to hand over the maintenance to Hampshire County Council, which looks after the area’s roads.

Tesco altered the roundabout when it built the store, which opened on November 28, 2011 – a week after the Quay Street roundabout. Tesco originally agreed to take responsibilty for the highways for two years and the landscaping for three.

The county council’s executive member for transport Sean Woodward said the council would not accept responsibilty for the roundabout until it was in a good enough state of repair.

He said the county council would then take over the maintenance of the roads and Fareham Borough Council would take over the landscaping.

He added: ‘I appreciate residents would like this resolved as soon possible.

‘The county council is working to resolve with Tesco how the landscaping responsibility can be returned to Fareham Borough Council, sooner in this case.’

Cllr Woodward said once Fareham had responsibility, the council would plant flowers and look for sponsors.

He said: ‘It is disgraceful that they have left it in the state they have. It cannot be attended to until it is handed up for adoption.

‘Then Fareham will bring it up the same standards as the other roundabouts and look for sponsorship, and maybe Tesco would like to sponsor it?’

Mr Beale, from Tesco, said a team of contractors would be tidying up the roundabout within the next two weeks.

He said: ‘I have been in contact with the borough and county councils about how we are going to maintain it going forward.

‘There has been a bit of confusion as to who should be maintaining it.

‘I have got some gardeners coming out next week to make it look a bit better but there is a longer term plan to make it better.’