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Telford roundabout gift-wrapped to keep new look hidden

By Rory Smith | Telford | News | Published:

A roundabout in Telford has been dressed up as a giant birthday present to ensure its refurbishment remains wraps.

The present left on Hadley Park Roundabout

The 'present' on Hadley Park Roundabout has been created by the council and an unknown Telford business as part of the town's 50th birthday celebrations.

The parcel style boards are hiding an extensive programme of works to landscape the Hortonwood traffic island at the end of the borough's main Eastern Primary.

The work will be revealed on October 19.

Until then, the full detail of the traffic island design is being kept under wraps, disguised as a Telford birthday present.

The transformation project comes as part of Telford's 50th birthday celebrations, and is a collaboration with Telford & Wrekin Council and Hadley & Leegomery and Wrockwardine Wood & Trench parish councils.

The unveiling next week will be attended by councillors, civic dignitaries and members of the community who have been involved in the community projects supported by the mystery business.

A label on the present reads: "To the Telford Community Happy 50th Birthday."

Telford & Wrekin Council leader, councillor Shaun Davies, said it was a fantastic gift to be given to help celebrate Telford's 50th birthday.

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"We are very proud of Telford's business community and we are proud to be a business winning and business supporting council," he added.

"Many of the businesses across the borough play an active role in their local community and we are privileged to have a business in the borough prepared to make such a statement about their investment in Telford's future.

"This is a testament to the commitment that they have shown to our borough and its communities over many years."

Councillor John Smart, from Hadley & Leegomery Parish Council, said: "We are very grateful for this wonderful legacy project to help celebrate Telford's 50th birthday.

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"The scheme will make a lasting contribution to future generations and we are privileged to have the company's involvement and vested interest in the Telford community.

"Hadley & Leegomery Parish Council would like to extend our thanks to them for this gift."

Councillor Anne Watkins of Wrockwardine Wood & Trench Parish Council said: "This exciting project is much more than just a traffic island and we are looking forward to October 19 when the full story behind this legacy project is revealed.

"We truly appreciate the effort that has gone into the project and looking forward to the long lasting impact this gift will provide."

Rory Smith

By Rory Smith
Reporter - @rorysmith_star

Trainee news reporter based at the Shropshire Star's Ketley office in Telford.

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