Lake Installed At Local Car Park
Are you one of the
many residents of Burgess Hill that is fed up
with the extortionate prices being charged to
swim at The Triangle? Well, fear not, as the
council are providing a brand new, free facility
for all you tax payers out there - the multi
storey car park.
As our exclusive pictures
from November 28th show, the middle floor
of the blue whale of Burgess Hill developments
has recently turned into a water feature that
Charlie Dimmock would be proud of. While on
the surface there are a number of obvious
benefits, including an increase in town centre
wildlife as animals flock to this watering
hole, the reality is that if this is Burgess
Hill's own version of the Atlantic Ocean,
then what has been produced can only be described
as a mistake of Titanic proportions on behalf
of the council.
Cast your minds back to
2005, when the multi storey car park was closed
for just over four months for extensive refurbishment.
We were promised a much-improved version of
what had become a popular venue for the town's
boy racers and thrill seeking trolley riders,
and the result was that a few months after
re-opening, it was closed again. This was
put down to the new surface 'lifting', and
the council were forced into paying an extra
50% on top of the original fee to have the
At the time of the first
grand re-opening, Councillor Gordon Marples
said, "Now that the works have been finished,
we know users will notice the difference.
The car park is now more welcoming and is
an important amenity for the town"
Fast forward three years and users certainly
are noticing the difference. Now, they are
required to wear a wet suit and have a basic
understanding of how to pilot a canoe to get
from their car to the shops. Despite all the
tax payers money that the council has chucked
at the multi storey in an attempt to improve
it, it doesn't seem to have made any difference
- to say it is back at square one would be
an insult to square one's the world over.
It begs the question are
the council going to rectify this latest problem,
and if they are then how much more of tax
payers money are they going to spend on it?
And if that is to be the case, then how many
more times is this cycle of events going to
As part of the towns
Christmas fair, the top floor of the car park
is to be used as an ice rink this coming Saturday.
The council could do a lot worse than to make
it a permanent feature, and turn the lower
levels into some much needed recreational
facilities for the town, as opposed to continuing
to bank roll an outdated, underused and extremely
wet car park.
long do you think it will be until a small
child drowns in one of these puddles?
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