LEYTON: "Appalling" Olympic roundabout criticised

What do you think?: Ian Jarvis-McInnes thinks this roundabout lacks imagination

What do you think?: Ian Jarvis-McInnes thinks this roundabout lacks imagination

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A RESIDENT has condemned a roundabout near the Olympic Village as "an appalling blight on the neighbourhood".

Ian Jarvis-McInnes, of Drapers Road, Leyton, said the new roundabout at the entrance to the Olympic Village at the junction of Chobham Road and Angel Lane is an eyesore.

The 49-year-old, who works for a business magazine, said: "It's an appalling blight on the neighbourhood. "It could have been planted with a tree, flowers, it could have had a piece of public art, it could even have been painted with concentric rings in the Olympic colours.

"What is it, a stark blob of black Tarmac?"

He said work by the Olympic Development Authority has led to closed roads and increased traffic and he questioned the legacy of "such poor quality urban design".

An ODA spokesman said: “The original Angel Lane bridge constructed during the Victorian era was in need of replacement and a new bridge is being constructed to provide improved links in the local area to pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles before, during and long after the 2012 Games.

"A new mini-roundabout was required as part of these works and its design has to adhere to Transport for London’s guidelines for safety.”

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2:15pm Thu 8 Jul 10

mr rusty says...

Is that for real???? It looks temporary to me- I hope it is because it's pretty poor!!!
Is that for real???? It looks temporary to me- I hope it is because it's pretty poor!!! mr rusty
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2:54pm Thu 8 Jul 10

jrp says...

But this is typical of what we have on our side of Olympic park. Huge hills of earth, a crap roundabout and lots of broken promises.
But this is typical of what we have on our side of Olympic park. Huge hills of earth, a crap roundabout and lots of broken promises. jrp
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8:10pm Thu 8 Jul 10

Techno2 says...

Shoddy indeed. Will we be told how much it has cost us?
Shoddy indeed. Will we be told how much it has cost us? Techno2
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10:50am Fri 9 Jul 10

John001 says...

"An appalling blight on the neigbourhood"?
Get a grip! Roundabouts are not placed for fun. They are safety features for the direction of traffic. This one has properly illuminated signs and is totally fit for purpose.
In any case, Chobham Road is in Newham not Waltham Forest so I doubt it has cost WF residents a penny.
Is this really all you have to worry about? Get a life!
"An appalling blight on the neigbourhood"? Get a grip! Roundabouts are not placed for fun. They are safety features for the direction of traffic. This one has properly illuminated signs and is totally fit for purpose. In any case, Chobham Road is in Newham not Waltham Forest so I doubt it has cost WF residents a penny. Is this really all you have to worry about? Get a life! John001
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3:43pm Fri 9 Jul 10

Techno2 says...

John001 wrote:
"An appalling blight on the neigbourhood"? Get a grip! Roundabouts are not placed for fun. They are safety features for the direction of traffic. This one has properly illuminated signs and is totally fit for purpose. In any case, Chobham Road is in Newham not Waltham Forest so I doubt it has cost WF residents a penny. Is this really all you have to worry about? Get a life!
We all pay taxes. Money wasted by Newham still takes cash out of the pockets of people in WF.
[quote][p][bold]John001[/bold] wrote: "An appalling blight on the neigbourhood"? Get a grip! Roundabouts are not placed for fun. They are safety features for the direction of traffic. This one has properly illuminated signs and is totally fit for purpose. In any case, Chobham Road is in Newham not Waltham Forest so I doubt it has cost WF residents a penny. Is this really all you have to worry about? Get a life![/p][/quote]We all pay taxes. Money wasted by Newham still takes cash out of the pockets of people in WF. Techno2
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2:49pm Sun 11 Jul 10

Quintilis says...

I thought it WAS a piece of public art! It looks about par for the course for the stuff the Olympics has commissioned thus far. We've had piles of breeze blocks and a converted mobile library so perhaps this will be our Legacy project.
I thought it WAS a piece of public art! It looks about par for the course for the stuff the Olympics has commissioned thus far. We've had piles of breeze blocks and a converted mobile library so perhaps this will be our Legacy project. Quintilis
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