can you improve cemetery junction?

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A4 going east approaching Cemetery JunctionCan you improve Cemetery Junction?

Is it so gorgeous that any changes are more likely to ruin its existing gorgeousity?

Is it so icky that people have given up hope of being able to improve it without first obliterating it?

The question raises all sorts of emotionally charged, creative, cynical, optimistic, pragmatic and other reactions from people who live near, or pass through, the infamous local junction of the A4 (London Road) and A329 (Kings/Wokingham Road).

A local councilor, Rob White, is working with local action groups to improve the Cemetery Junction area. At the moment he’s consulting with locals. The co-op has a big cardboard suggestions box decorated with a collage of magazine pictures of pretty things. Excellent stuff. It made me feel like being back at school where having a go was important, encouraged and easy.

I’m loving the humour and creativity evident in this summary of suggestions to improve cemetery junction made on a ‘Get Reading’ news article:

  • i’m thinking giant dinosaurs
  • how about a cinema or a roller disco?
  • Napalm
  • Make it a spooky theme park
  • How about a monorail?
  • A small tactical thermo-nuclear device
  • Bit of paint and a clean should do it….or if you really wanna prettify it, hanging baskets
  • An underpass
  • make a big roundabout where resturant is
  • Nuke the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure
  • re-install the gallows that used to stand on the site now occupied by The Granby? It might act as a deterrent to the hoodies and wannbie gangsters in that area
  • What about an H Bomb?
  • Prevent shop keepers and traders from parking cars and vans on the pavements
  • The overhanging bushes on the London Rd side need trimming… …new paving and signage
  • can’t be improved – its a dead loss
  • A Tesco supermarket each side of the road, with a couple of Tesco Expresses sprinkled around Liverpool and Cholmeley Roads
  • big ornamental archway would brighten up the area considerably
  • Give me some explosives and a bulldozer and Ill give you instant results. Guaranteed
  • Zombie Apocalypse
can you improve cemetery junction?
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6 bits of lovely banter on “can you improve cemetery junction?”

  1. Will Watts writes:

    Perhaps your Cemetery Junction could be twinned with another Cemetery Junction; the one in my home town of Bournemouth.

    Bournmouth’s is an extremely scary five-way road junction, http://goo.gl/maps/8geE which lesser councils might have encircled with a defensive roundabout. Not so in my home town, where a swarm of traffic lights – ‘among the first in the country to introduce arrows in the amber lights as well as the green ones’ http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1091603 – dominate the multi-lane approaches. Woe betide you if you are stranded in the Meyrick Park lane when you want to go to Winton.

    My idea is that there should be a twinning ceremony, and dignitaries from the two towns could spend a big whack of ratepayers’ money on a big jolly to celebrate the occasion.

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    wendy writes

    I’m all for cheap solutions. What about the magic roundabout (Swindon approach) – Put in five mini roundabouts to deter traffic by confusing drivers.

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    Will Watts writes

    And every roundabout should contain an ugly and expensive modern sculpture (Basingstoke)?

    With exciting thinking-outside-the-yellow-box-junction like this, I don’t see how Reading can go far wrong.

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  2. Miss Scarlet writes:

    Fairy lights?
    Sx

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    wendy writes

    I like the xmas theme idea, add pixies and the deer in the cemetery, dress the buses up as sleighs…

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  3. nick writes:

    Utterly hideous. Solution? Reroute all the through traffic somewhere else and turn the majority of the road into a public garden and piazza. Sorted.

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