Just days ahead of Little Common’s Remembrance Day the central roundabout where veterans will parade is described as “an absolute mess.”
Resident Robin Higley slated the appearance of the roundabout at the heart of the village.
“It’s the first thing you see when you come to Bexhill - and it is just a heap of brambles,” he said.
“It doesn’t look as if anyone cares. In a few weeks time you have the veterans’ parade and it will be heartbreaking to see the roundabout in the condition it’s in, it’s an absolute mess. Having pruned the bushes it looks as if someone has hacked it all to bits. Little Common Royal British Legion keep an eye on the memorial but the roundabout is a tip.”
Local councillor Joanne Gadd commented: “The island should be kept up to scratch. It is a beautiful village, and should be looked after.”
There has been discussion over whether this roundabout comes under Rother District Council or East Sussex County Council, and a spokesman said: “The upkeep of the roundabout is the responsibility of the Highways Agency, but we are aware of the issues surrounding its maintenance.
“Rother District Council is currently in discussions with the Highways Agency to take over the maintenance of the roundabout and officers are talking to a potential local sponsor who will help to cover the costs.
“While these discussions continue, we would like to assure residents that we will carry out garden maintenance to make sure the war memorial surroundings are in a proper state for the Remembrance commemorations.”