Lib Dem leader Graham Longley, who was mayor at the millennium, said: “It’s outrageous.Well, I guess she might feel a bit aggrieved that the brains trust that built the thing didn’t think to make it waterproof, given that it was going to stand out in the elements.
“That’s part of our history, but it has to be pulled down because we can’t get it to work.
“As the millennium mayor, I’m sad and disappointed.
“A little girl designed the clock face in a competition which was held at the time. I wonder how she might feel?”
The Tory cabinet member for tourism knows exactly who was to blame, however.
That little girl:
Mr John Lamb said: “We would expect Graham Longley to criticise the decision.Seems a bit harsh to blame poor little Nicola Whale. After all, she didn’t approve the money, or build it. That was down to Southend council and Hawkins Clocks.
“It is a shame. No one would like to see the clock removed, but it doesn’t operate in the weather and it costs a fortune to keep it going.
“The design of the clock doesn’t allow it to be waterproof.”
Did no-one stop to think that it ought to be waterproof? And that if the design really did mean that it couldn’t be made waterproof, then maybe they’d chosen the wrong design?
Still, who cares? The taxpayer’s paying, right?
Remember that, next time one of Cameroon's little gang is telling everyone how much better life would be under a Conservative council.
Update: It appears, from the comments, that at the time of the clock's commissioning, it was a LibDem/Lab coalition that ran the council, and therefore commissioned the clock. So, they are all utter incompetents!