Hairdressers organise event to cover cost of cleaning the George V Memorial Clock Tower in Poole

FACELIFT: Zoe Beattie, right, and fellow hair stylists Nikki Rands, Treacle Jones and Katie Yates

FACELIFT: Zoe Beattie, right, and fellow hair stylists Nikki Rands, Treacle Jones and Katie Yates

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STAFF from a Poole hairdressers, who were fed up of looking out onto a dirty clock tower opposite their salon, have organised a fundraising event to cover its cleaning bill.

Hairdressers at the Hair By Zoe salon, at Poole’s Civic Centre gyratory system, hope their event nets the £1,400 needed to pay for the George V Memorial Clock Tower’s clean-up.

Borough of Poole currently has scaffolding around the building, on Commercial Road, to enable repairs to be carried out.

The clock has been stopped at 1pm since Christmas.

Zoe Beattie, of Hair By Zoe, explained: “I understand there are not the funds to clean the tower itself.

“Let’s face it, if the council paid to clean up the clock tower people would just moan about how it would be a waste of money.

“But this has been our clock; it’s been my view for the past 20 years.

“Whenever we’re asked the time we’d look up at the clock.”

When Miss Beattie spotted the scaffolding going up, she contacted the council to see if they’d object to the idea of a fundraising event.

This event, at the neighbouring Sloop pub, takes place on Sunday.

It starts at 11am with cakes, coffee, and a nostalgic look back at Poole, before a packed programme including a jester, barbeque and a prize raffle. At 3pm, local band The Vultures will be taking to the stage.

Borough of Poole senior property manager Hugh Lambourne said: “The local hairdressers contacted us to see if they could use this scaffolding as they are keen to have the tower cleaned.

“We are delighted to help, especially as we have a limited budget for maintaining council buildings and so are unable to fund non-essential works such as these.”

If you want to support the initiative visit The Sloop, 5 Commercial Road, Poole, 11am to 7pm, March 16. Admission: £1.50, children 50p.

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8:42am Thu 13 Mar 14

pete woodley says...

Better than giving to africa or dogs.
Better than giving to africa or dogs. pete woodley
  • Score: 3

10:15am Thu 13 Mar 14

suzigirl says...

The Council should pay to clean the clock tower - the residents of Poole pay enough Council Tax without having to dip into their pockets again - good publicity for the hairdressers though!!! The Council will be expecting residents to clean their own streets next!
The Council should pay to clean the clock tower - the residents of Poole pay enough Council Tax without having to dip into their pockets again - good publicity for the hairdressers though!!! The Council will be expecting residents to clean their own streets next! suzigirl
  • Score: 0

10:30am Thu 13 Mar 14

speedy231278 says...

No, cleaning things like this is NOT a waste of money. It is presumably a structure the council is responsible for. It seems that these days the local councils in the Poole/Bournemouth/Ch
ristchurch area are relying on people to do stuff they are supposed to do, presumably as a result of wasting so much money on junk like the Twin Fails Bodge, failed surf reef, shoddy repairs on Boscombe pier, the beach pods no-one bought in a hurry, 'deconstructing' the IMAX, CPO attempt on Exeter Road NCP, daire I mention the holiday camp for the Caravan Using Nomadic Traveller Society, and other such wastes of effort. Oh, and getting a load of mugs to clean the beach for free instead of hiring extra staff. That was the best one yet!
No, cleaning things like this is NOT a waste of money. It is presumably a structure the council is responsible for. It seems that these days the local councils in the Poole/Bournemouth/Ch ristchurch area are relying on people to do stuff they are supposed to do, presumably as a result of wasting so much money on junk like the Twin Fails Bodge, failed surf reef, shoddy repairs on Boscombe pier, the beach pods no-one bought in a hurry, 'deconstructing' the IMAX, CPO attempt on Exeter Road NCP, daire I mention the holiday camp for the Caravan Using Nomadic Traveller Society, and other such wastes of effort. Oh, and getting a load of mugs to clean the beach for free instead of hiring extra staff. That was the best one yet! speedy231278
  • Score: 9

10:57am Thu 13 Mar 14

we-shall-see says...

A good idea in principle, but I wonder if it will give the council ideas about getting residents to fund raise to pay for other things in the future? Before long they will expect us to raise funds to pay for street cleaning etc. It could be a very slippery slope ........
A good idea in principle, but I wonder if it will give the council ideas about getting residents to fund raise to pay for other things in the future? Before long they will expect us to raise funds to pay for street cleaning etc. It could be a very slippery slope ........ we-shall-see
  • Score: 2

11:46am Thu 13 Mar 14

muscliffman says...

Nice picture, recent publicity surrounding a Poole Councillor seems to have well and truly revived the 1970's glossy catalogue model look. So come on all you girls, to look cool and happening in 2014 please start wearing your glasses rather oddly and permanently right on the top of your heads.
Nice picture, recent publicity surrounding a Poole Councillor seems to have well and truly revived the 1970's glossy catalogue model look. So come on all you girls, to look cool and happening in 2014 please start wearing your glasses rather oddly and permanently right on the top of your heads. muscliffman
  • Score: 3

12:23pm Thu 13 Mar 14

st51old says...

What a lovely and noble idea-however it's the same old, same old: government authorities shirking their obligations & responsibilities because some other kind people will pick up the tab....a sad indictment of the world we live in. I hope all goes well if it improves the view for the kindly folks who are raising money for the work.
What a lovely and noble idea-however it's the same old, same old: government authorities shirking their obligations & responsibilities because some other kind people will pick up the tab....a sad indictment of the world we live in. I hope all goes well if it improves the view for the kindly folks who are raising money for the work. st51old
  • Score: 2

4:41pm Thu 13 Mar 14

KitKatPuss says...

pete woodley wrote:
Better than giving to africa or dogs.
How about just being positive about this...some members of the community have got off their backsides and are doing something to improve the area.....any type of charity is good in this world.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Better than giving to africa or dogs.[/p][/quote]How about just being positive about this...some members of the community have got off their backsides and are doing something to improve the area.....any type of charity is good in this world. KitKatPuss
  • Score: 3

7:13pm Thu 13 Mar 14

nickynoodah says...

IF your' parents are able to deal with the embarrassment of 'owning up' to being responsible for you, I suggest they have a word with you George.
IF your' parents are able to deal with the embarrassment of 'owning up' to being responsible for you, I suggest they have a word with you George. nickynoodah
  • Score: -5

9:33pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Peroni says...

I've got a preasure washer .......would have done it for half that price.
And would have been done by now........it's still a mess !!
I've got a preasure washer .......would have done it for half that price. And would have been done by now........it's still a mess !! Peroni
  • Score: 1

9:36pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Peroni says...

we-shall-see wrote:
A good idea in principle, but I wonder if it will give the council ideas about getting residents to fund raise to pay for other things in the future? Before long they will expect us to raise funds to pay for street cleaning etc. It could be a very slippery slope ........
Certain areas are kept clean, depends what post code you live in ......
[quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: A good idea in principle, but I wonder if it will give the council ideas about getting residents to fund raise to pay for other things in the future? Before long they will expect us to raise funds to pay for street cleaning etc. It could be a very slippery slope ........[/p][/quote]Certain areas are kept clean, depends what post code you live in ...... Peroni
  • Score: 0

9:40pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Peroni says...

Good luck to the hair shop anyway......I remember buying my ice skates from that shop a few years ago .......how things change ..
Good luck to the hair shop anyway......I remember buying my ice skates from that shop a few years ago .......how things change .. Peroni
  • Score: 2

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