First World War poppies mown down in their prime

First World War poppies mown down in their prime

First World War poppies mown down in their prime

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Poppies laid to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War have been unceremoniously brought down in their prime by council contractors.

The poppies laid on roadside verges as part of Oving parish Council’s centenary celebrations were mowed down by West Sussex County Council contractors this week.

Parish council bosses say both the county council and contractor management teams have apologised for the error.

Sophie Martins, clerk of Oving Parish Council, said: “The county council have got in touch and have formally apologised and are planning to make good on their error.

“It’s sad but it was a mistake and they have promised that they will make reparations although I don’t know what they will be.

“We scattered them all across the parish so hopefully some are left in other areas.

“I suppose we should be grateful that the highways department are doing their job and trimming the verges.”

Louise Goldsmith, leader of West Sussex County Council, said she was "dismayed and distressed" at the incident and will be asking questions in city hall as to how it could have happened.

She said: "This is a very sensitive and important anniversary which we have commemorated ourselves and we are very thankful to all towns and villages and parishes, including Oving, that have helped commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Great War.

“This was a genuine error. Apologising unreservedly seems inadequate for the potential offence that this may have caused.”

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6:13pm Wed 6 Aug 14

spurious warnings says...

idiots
idiots spurious warnings
  • Score: 25

7:05pm Wed 6 Aug 14

MasonStorm says...

How can anyone be so stupid?
How can anyone be so stupid? MasonStorm
  • Score: 19

8:31pm Wed 6 Aug 14

NickBrt says...

Those 'workers' need hanging drawing and quartering. morons.
Those 'workers' need hanging drawing and quartering. morons. NickBrt
  • Score: 7

9:21pm Wed 6 Aug 14

keswick says...

Simple, sack and name and shame them.
Simple, sack and name and shame them. keswick
  • Score: 4

10:18pm Wed 6 Aug 14

calro75 says...

What do people expect, when you pay peanuts? Monkeys perhaps?
What do people expect, when you pay peanuts? Monkeys perhaps? calro75
  • Score: 3

10:29pm Wed 6 Aug 14

CTBorn says...

Only half a story. Who are these "council contractors"? Please name this cowboy company
Only half a story. Who are these "council contractors"? Please name this cowboy company CTBorn
  • Score: 4

10:39pm Wed 6 Aug 14

vogon1 says...

Name them, blame them, shame them and flame them. Morons.
Name them, blame them, shame them and flame them. Morons. vogon1
  • Score: 5

10:56pm Wed 6 Aug 14

pebble counter says...

Fools, educate them.
Fools, educate them. pebble counter
  • Score: 2

12:19am Thu 7 Aug 14

nosolution says...

CTBorn wrote:
Only half a story. Who are these "council contractors"? Please name this cowboy company
Balfour Beatty Living Places a multi national conglomerate. Also holder of the Wiltshire county council £150 million grass cutting and pothole contract quoted in a council report june 2014 "it's (BBPL) performance has proved to be below the expected standard in grass cutting (from business.business.co
m)
They hold the Lancashire County council contract too "we'll mow it ouselves" councillors " told BBLP which speaks volumes of how they operate there (12june 2014 Lancashire telegraph.
BBLP also refuse to respect their employees rights to be represented by a trade union (GMB) and have been accused of paying well below a living wage for it's workers . ..
[quote][p][bold]CTBorn[/bold] wrote: Only half a story. Who are these "council contractors"? Please name this cowboy company[/p][/quote]Balfour Beatty Living Places a multi national conglomerate. Also holder of the Wiltshire county council £150 million grass cutting and pothole contract quoted in a council report june 2014 "it's (BBPL) performance has proved to be below the expected standard in grass cutting (from business.business.co m) They hold the Lancashire County council contract too "we'll mow it ouselves" councillors " told BBLP which speaks volumes of how they operate there (12june 2014 Lancashire telegraph. BBLP also refuse to respect their employees rights to be represented by a trade union (GMB) and have been accused of paying well below a living wage for it's workers . .. nosolution
  • Score: 6

12:22am Thu 7 Aug 14

nosolution says...

Line 10 in last post should read business.biscuit.com
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Line 10 in last post should read business.biscuit.com ... nosolution
  • Score: 0

12:26am Thu 7 Aug 14

normal working person says...

Were these contractors blind ? I feel that it is incredibly sad that someone could see the poppies in bloom and not straight away associate them with the anniversary of the Great War, How uneducated do you have to be to not realise the significance ? I'm assuming that these people have not recently read any news stories, or seen any news items or coverage on the television.

Absolute idiots. And shame on them for knowing nothing about their own history.
Were these contractors blind ? I feel that it is incredibly sad that someone could see the poppies in bloom and not straight away associate them with the anniversary of the Great War, How uneducated do you have to be to not realise the significance ? I'm assuming that these people have not recently read any news stories, or seen any news items or coverage on the television. Absolute idiots. And shame on them for knowing nothing about their own history. normal working person
  • Score: 3

8:25am Thu 7 Aug 14

MikeTheKnight says...

Perhaps they were migrants who are not familiar with UK culture and just obeyed an instruction from those above?
Perhaps they were migrants who are not familiar with UK culture and just obeyed an instruction from those above? MikeTheKnight
  • Score: 4

1:14pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Goldenwight says...

“I suppose we should be grateful that the highways department are doing their job and trimming the verges.”

That comment says it all- it would actually be very difficult to cut around the Poppies so what should they have done- let the grass verges grow so high that they blocked vision and became a danger to traffic and pedestrians alike?

I accept that the timing could have been better, and it would have been nice if it could have been avoided (perhaps by the Parish Council liaising with the County Council beforehand?), but would those who have commented above have been any happier if the headline read "Three young children killed by motorist whose vision was blocked because grass verges were not cut in accordance with Council contract?"
“I suppose we should be grateful that the highways department are doing their job and trimming the verges.” That comment says it all- it would actually be very difficult to cut around the Poppies so what should they have done- let the grass verges grow so high that they blocked vision and became a danger to traffic and pedestrians alike? I accept that the timing could have been better, and it would have been nice if it could have been avoided (perhaps by the Parish Council liaising with the County Council beforehand?), but would those who have commented above have been any happier if the headline read "Three young children killed by motorist whose vision was blocked because grass verges were not cut in accordance with Council contract?" Goldenwight
  • Score: 1

1:16pm Thu 7 Aug 14

FatherTed11 says...

this is what happens when you have uneducated immigrants doing your jobs.
this is what happens when you have uneducated immigrants doing your jobs. FatherTed11
  • Score: -1

3:31pm Thu 7 Aug 14

ThinkBrighton says...

Out sourceing it saves money as they do it the cheapest way and don't give fig for the people that pay their wages. the biggest fools are WSCC that alow this kind of thing to happen
Out sourceing it saves money as they do it the cheapest way and don't give fig for the people that pay their wages. the biggest fools are WSCC that alow this kind of thing to happen ThinkBrighton
  • Score: 0

5:00pm Thu 7 Aug 14

vogon1 says...

Goldenwight wrote:
“I suppose we should be grateful that the highways department are doing their job and trimming the verges.”

That comment says it all- it would actually be very difficult to cut around the Poppies so what should they have done- let the grass verges grow so high that they blocked vision and became a danger to traffic and pedestrians alike?

I accept that the timing could have been better, and it would have been nice if it could have been avoided (perhaps by the Parish Council liaising with the County Council beforehand?), but would those who have commented above have been any happier if the headline read "Three young children killed by motorist whose vision was blocked because grass verges were not cut in accordance with Council contract?"
You obviously dontt live in brighton then. That is exactly whats happened in many areas. Vegetation left to grow. Nobody has died..yet
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: “I suppose we should be grateful that the highways department are doing their job and trimming the verges.” That comment says it all- it would actually be very difficult to cut around the Poppies so what should they have done- let the grass verges grow so high that they blocked vision and became a danger to traffic and pedestrians alike? I accept that the timing could have been better, and it would have been nice if it could have been avoided (perhaps by the Parish Council liaising with the County Council beforehand?), but would those who have commented above have been any happier if the headline read "Three young children killed by motorist whose vision was blocked because grass verges were not cut in accordance with Council contract?"[/p][/quote]You obviously dontt live in brighton then. That is exactly whats happened in many areas. Vegetation left to grow. Nobody has died..yet vogon1
  • Score: 0

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