Welcome to Bournemouth sign out of action due to electricity supply problems

OUT OF ACTION: The Welcome to Bounrmouth sign

OUT OF ACTION: The Welcome to Bounrmouth sign

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THE illuminated sign that welcomes visitors to Bournemouth has been out of action for more than a week because of problems with the electricity supply.

The £76,000 ‘Welcome to Bournemouth’ sign on the A338 Spur Road stopped working last week, along with other street lighting in the section of road between Blackwater Junction and the Cooper Dean roundabout.

Bournemouth council said it had contacted Scottish and Southern Energy, which had promised to rectify the problem by Thursday.

The controverstial greeting sign was put up last August and is intended to create a sense of arrival for people driving into Bournemouth.

At the time Bournemouth council’s Labour leader Cllr Ben Grower branded the sign a “flight of fancy” and a waste of money when cuts were being made elsewhere.

With Cllr Lawrence Williams, cabinet member for tourism, leisure and culture, saying: “First impressions are everything and this is why it’s important to make the gateway into our town as welcoming as possible.

“This type of signage makes a statement about our resort and the community it represents as well as a significant contribution to the way the area is perceived.”

He added: “Tourism is worth over £600million to the local economy. We are proud of our town and the new signage is a great way to greet people coming to spend time here.”

 

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12:10pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Bournemouth Ohec says...

Someone put a couple of quid in the meter.
Someone put a couple of quid in the meter. Bournemouth Ohec
  • Score: 13

12:12pm Mon 20 Jan 14

SympatheticSam says...

Keep it dead. It's less cringeworthy. Eventually it will break and fall off as per everything the council do.
Keep it dead. It's less cringeworthy. Eventually it will break and fall off as per everything the council do. SympatheticSam
  • Score: 9

12:23pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Kiki1973 says...

And the unnecessary whingeing begins....
And the unnecessary whingeing begins.... Kiki1973
  • Score: 0

12:30pm Mon 20 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

A good opportunity to take it down and offer it to a less salubrious place more befitting such a nasty tacky sign. It might even be worth throwing in the extra required modification letters - two 'L's and the 'A','K' and 'P' - to tempt them to come and take it away - they can throw away the 'U','R','N','E','M',
'U','T' and 'H'.
A good opportunity to take it down and offer it to a less salubrious place more befitting such a nasty tacky sign. It might even be worth throwing in the extra required modification letters - two 'L's and the 'A','K' and 'P' - to tempt them to come and take it away - they can throw away the 'U','R','N','E','M', 'U','T' and 'H'. muscliffman
  • Score: -9

12:54pm Mon 20 Jan 14

woby_tide says...

muscliffman wrote:
A good opportunity to take it down and offer it to a less salubrious place more befitting such a nasty tacky sign. It might even be worth throwing in the extra required modification letters - two 'L's and the 'A','K' and 'P' - to tempt them to come and take it away - they can throw away the 'U','R','N','E','M',

'U','T' and 'H'.
Don't give up the day job
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: A good opportunity to take it down and offer it to a less salubrious place more befitting such a nasty tacky sign. It might even be worth throwing in the extra required modification letters - two 'L's and the 'A','K' and 'P' - to tempt them to come and take it away - they can throw away the 'U','R','N','E','M', 'U','T' and 'H'.[/p][/quote]Don't give up the day job woby_tide
  • Score: 8

1:00pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Isosceles says...

muscliffman
Didn't understand what you meant - can you clarify?
I would have suggested taking away the letters W,E,L,C,O,M,E,T,O,B,
O,U,R,N,E,M,O,U,T,H. and the rest of the rubbish.
muscliffman Didn't understand what you meant - can you clarify? I would have suggested taking away the letters W,E,L,C,O,M,E,T,O,B, O,U,R,N,E,M,O,U,T,H. and the rest of the rubbish. Isosceles
  • Score: 5

1:04pm Mon 20 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

woby_tide wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
A good opportunity to take it down and offer it to a less salubrious place more befitting such a nasty tacky sign. It might even be worth throwing in the extra required modification letters - two 'L's and the 'A','K' and 'P' - to tempt them to come and take it away - they can throw away the 'U','R','N','E','M',


'U','T' and 'H'.
Don't give up the day job
I 'C'!
[quote][p][bold]woby_tide[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: A good opportunity to take it down and offer it to a less salubrious place more befitting such a nasty tacky sign. It might even be worth throwing in the extra required modification letters - two 'L's and the 'A','K' and 'P' - to tempt them to come and take it away - they can throw away the 'U','R','N','E','M', 'U','T' and 'H'.[/p][/quote]Don't give up the day job[/p][/quote]I 'C'! muscliffman
  • Score: -6

1:09pm Mon 20 Jan 14

fedupwithjobsworths says...

I'm surprised the Council did not spend an extra £100K or so on solar panels or a wind turbine to make it a zero carbon eco sign, could then also employ a sustainable energy co-ordinator at £60K+ to monitor its performance.
I'm surprised the Council did not spend an extra £100K or so on solar panels or a wind turbine to make it a zero carbon eco sign, could then also employ a sustainable energy co-ordinator at £60K+ to monitor its performance. fedupwithjobsworths
  • Score: 28

1:12pm Mon 20 Jan 14

adb73 says...

What the council also forgot to mention was the shambolic state of the 'new' non slip surface on each step. A large majority of the surface had bubbled up and there are flakey pieces of paint/covering almost on all steps. Top quality job guys!!!
What the council also forgot to mention was the shambolic state of the 'new' non slip surface on each step. A large majority of the surface had bubbled up and there are flakey pieces of paint/covering almost on all steps. Top quality job guys!!! adb73
  • Score: 17

1:15pm Mon 20 Jan 14

wonderway says...

Wired by same company who did Boscombe Pier lights

it takes them 4 mouths to repair living wall at cooper dean so it should be on for christmas
Wired by same company who did Boscombe Pier lights it takes them 4 mouths to repair living wall at cooper dean so it should be on for christmas wonderway
  • Score: 11

2:22pm Mon 20 Jan 14

speedy231278 says...

Dear Mr Echo Proofreader,

I assume you were made redundant years ago. Unless there really is a place called "Bounrmouth"?
Dear Mr Echo Proofreader, I assume you were made redundant years ago. Unless there really is a place called "Bounrmouth"? speedy231278
  • Score: 5

4:01pm Mon 20 Jan 14

jazzy jenkins says...

It's only been up there 5mins
It's only been up there 5mins jazzy jenkins
  • Score: 1

4:12pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Lucky Rich says...

Oh no, people coming to Bournemouth wont know there welcome now ......
Oh no, people coming to Bournemouth wont know there welcome now ...... Lucky Rich
  • Score: 3

4:27pm Mon 20 Jan 14

SeafaringMan says...

Lucky Rich wrote:
Oh no, people coming to Bournemouth wont know there welcome now ......
there - they're ?
[quote][p][bold]Lucky Rich[/bold] wrote: Oh no, people coming to Bournemouth wont know there welcome now ......[/p][/quote]there - they're ? SeafaringMan
  • Score: 4

4:40pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Townee says...

Just what you need, welcome to Bournemouth just after the stink of the sewerage works. Great advert for the town.
Just what you need, welcome to Bournemouth just after the stink of the sewerage works. Great advert for the town. Townee
  • Score: 11

4:57pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Lucky Rich says...

SeafaringMan wrote:
Lucky Rich wrote:
Oh no, people coming to Bournemouth wont know there welcome now ......
there - they're ?
Should of said when its dark as well, but there you go, cant be pefict every time.......:-) .
[quote][p][bold]SeafaringMan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lucky Rich[/bold] wrote: Oh no, people coming to Bournemouth wont know there welcome now ......[/p][/quote]there - they're ?[/p][/quote]Should of said when its dark as well, but there you go, cant be pefict every time.......:-) . Lucky Rich
  • Score: 4

5:14pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Molecatcher says...

"Cllr Lawrence Williams, cabinet member for tourism, leisure and culture, saying: “First impressions are everything and this is why it’s important to make the gateway into our town as welcoming as possible".

Really? What utter rubbish, Cllr Williams. If first impressions are so important, perhaps it would have been a better idea to have sorted out the dreadful smell of the sewage treatment works before putting up a daft sign.
"Cllr Lawrence Williams, cabinet member for tourism, leisure and culture, saying: “First impressions are everything and this is why it’s important to make the gateway into our town as welcoming as possible". Really? What utter rubbish, Cllr Williams. If first impressions are so important, perhaps it would have been a better idea to have sorted out the dreadful smell of the sewage treatment works before putting up a daft sign. Molecatcher
  • Score: 12

5:46pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Tom 'Boscombe' Jones says...

“This type of signage makes a statement about our resort and the community it represents as well as a significant contribution to the way the area is perceived.”


HaHa it's bland, a waste of money, everyone hates it and it doesn't even work. Should have built a surf reef instead (oh they did did they!)
“This type of signage makes a statement about our resort and the community it represents as well as a significant contribution to the way the area is perceived.” HaHa it's bland, a waste of money, everyone hates it and it doesn't even work. Should have built a surf reef instead (oh they did did they!) Tom 'Boscombe' Jones
  • Score: 9

5:53pm Mon 20 Jan 14

poolebob says...

Lucky Rich wrote:
Oh no, people coming to Bournemouth wont know there welcome now ......
But they are not.
[quote][p][bold]Lucky Rich[/bold] wrote: Oh no, people coming to Bournemouth wont know there welcome now ......[/p][/quote]But they are not. poolebob
  • Score: 1

7:21pm Mon 20 Jan 14

skittyjay says...

Nice to see that my taxes are being spent so wisely....
Nice to see that my taxes are being spent so wisely.... skittyjay
  • Score: 8

7:35pm Mon 20 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Would have a much bigger impact if it showed the price of the sign flashing under the announcement.sure most people driving past it would be the very people who.paid for it.£76,000'for sure your not arriving in a place that is careful with rate payers money
Would have a much bigger impact if it showed the price of the sign flashing under the announcement.sure most people driving past it would be the very people who.paid for it.£76,000'for sure your not arriving in a place that is careful with rate payers money kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 8

8:15pm Mon 20 Jan 14

drJones says...

this isn't news, its just echo trying to get hits on an old topic that attracted a lot of comments.
this isn't news, its just echo trying to get hits on an old topic that attracted a lot of comments. drJones
  • Score: -3

8:54pm Mon 20 Jan 14

TerreHaute says...

I like the sign and I miss it...

I leave Bournemouth in darkness and it wishes me a "Safe Journey" (I would have preferred "Have a Safe Journey" and they missed a trick by not saying "Come Back Soon")...

I return in darkness and see the blue after blackwater and I know (emotionally - obviously I generally know!) I'm nearly there :o)

Fix it quickly 'Scottish and Southern Energy"...


Oh and you're right DrJones - it's just the echo...
I like the sign and I miss it... I leave Bournemouth in darkness and it wishes me a "Safe Journey" (I would have preferred "Have a Safe Journey" and they missed a trick by not saying "Come Back Soon")... I return in darkness and see the blue after blackwater and I know (emotionally - obviously I generally know!) I'm nearly there :o) Fix it quickly 'Scottish and Southern Energy"... Oh and you're right DrJones - it's just the echo... TerreHaute
  • Score: 0

6:45am Tue 21 Jan 14

Phixer says...

Lucky Rich wrote:
SeafaringMan wrote:
Lucky Rich wrote:
Oh no, people coming to Bournemouth wont know there welcome now ......
there - they're ?
Should of said when its dark as well, but there you go, cant be pefict every time.......:-) .
We don't want the sort of people who come to Bournemouth in the dark!
[quote][p][bold]Lucky Rich[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SeafaringMan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lucky Rich[/bold] wrote: Oh no, people coming to Bournemouth wont know there welcome now ......[/p][/quote]there - they're ?[/p][/quote]Should of said when its dark as well, but there you go, cant be pefict every time.......:-) .[/p][/quote]We don't want the sort of people who come to Bournemouth in the dark! Phixer
  • Score: 4

9:31am Tue 21 Jan 14

ifordanglia says...

Lucky Rich

Now THAT made me laugh...!!
Lucky Rich Now THAT made me laugh...!! ifordanglia
  • Score: 2

9:32am Tue 21 Jan 14

ifordanglia says...

Ooops sorry - it was Phixer
Ooops sorry - it was Phixer ifordanglia
  • Score: -2

4:07pm Tue 21 Jan 14

randson112 says...

I don't care if they put a sign there or not but to spend £76,000 on it is a ludicrous amount of money, that's about 60 council tax payers money, they could have painted it on with a couple of spotlights on it and saved a fortune,
I don't care if they put a sign there or not but to spend £76,000 on it is a ludicrous amount of money, that's about 60 council tax payers money, they could have painted it on with a couple of spotlights on it and saved a fortune, randson112
  • Score: 0

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