Heathfield roundabout - a sense of place
So its a small roundabout painted on the road at the entrance to Heathfield - no big deal you might say. But it matters to the people who live in Heathfield, and who drive in and out, and whose children wait at the bus stop nearby. Without the white lines and the white paint on the roundabout people just drive left and right as it suits. I had the highways supervisor out, we watched it happen, and we agreed the repair work needed doing pronto, together with some nearby potholes filled in.
People talk sometimes about public space - I'm not bigging up a roundabout - but the point is that if a neighbourhood or a village or a street looks cared for, then people will care. If it is neglected, then other things follow on. Heathfield has made great strides in building a community - the fundraising that went into the children's playground and the grand opening last summer is one example. My job is to make sure the local councils match that in caring for the public space that is entrusted to them.