Useless at fountains

Useless at fountains

Useless at fountains

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HOW do cities such as Rome, Florence and Paris manage to have hundreds of fountains in working order when we cannot keep just one in Parliament Street going?

Even in its early days one saw it in action a few times only, usually in the rain, hardly ever in summer. I notice that Leeds has changed two of its former fountains into flower beds. It’s looking good – food for thought?

PS: Yippee – the seats are back in Parliament Street. But whatever you do, please do not sit on them, unless of course you love pigeon droppings.

Barbara Hudson, Badger Hill, York.

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11:42am Tue 11 Mar 14

York Fox says...

It has always baffled me that York can't muster a single good fountain in a city of such civic pride and historic architectural acheivements. I once visited the similar sized similarly cultured city of Aix en Provence, the so called 'city of a thousand fountains' and was amazed that even their smallest, cheapest fountain was better than ours! Surely this presents an opportunity to create something really special to give Parliament street a feature to draw people and be proud of?
It has always baffled me that York can't muster a single good fountain in a city of such civic pride and historic architectural acheivements. I once visited the similar sized similarly cultured city of Aix en Provence, the so called 'city of a thousand fountains' and was amazed that even their smallest, cheapest fountain was better than ours! Surely this presents an opportunity to create something really special to give Parliament street a feature to draw people and be proud of? York Fox
  • Score: 7

1:42pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Lunatic says...

My memories of the fountain are of it regularly being vandalised, dyed various different colours, or having Fairy added into the mix.
My memories of the fountain are of it regularly being vandalised, dyed various different colours, or having Fairy added into the mix. Lunatic
  • Score: 7

1:49pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Brythonicman says...

Even Sheffield has a better water feature outside the station!
Even Sheffield has a better water feature outside the station! Brythonicman
  • Score: 7

2:04pm Tue 11 Mar 14

dsom73 says...

Lunatic wrote:
My memories of the fountain are of it regularly being vandalised, dyed various different colours, or having Fairy added into the mix.
You're welcome.

PS: Not the vandalism, but the colourful and bubbleful rest, you're welcome.
PPS: It was cheap washing liquid from Boyes usually.
PPPS: talking 20 odd years back, but still, regular and you're welcome.
[quote][p][bold]Lunatic[/bold] wrote: My memories of the fountain are of it regularly being vandalised, dyed various different colours, or having Fairy added into the mix.[/p][/quote]You're welcome. PS: Not the vandalism, but the colourful and bubbleful rest, you're welcome. PPS: It was cheap washing liquid from Boyes usually. PPPS: talking 20 odd years back, but still, regular and you're welcome. dsom73
  • Score: -4

3:31pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Firedrake says...

Historically, fountains were only practicable in towns or gardens surrounded by steep hills ... for fairly obvious reasons. Given that the Vale of York is effectively a northward extension of the Fens, I doubt if even the Romans constructed fountains here!

Modern fountains are obviously powered by electric pumps and so can be built almost anywhere, but I suspect this new technology was never really exploited in York simply because there was no local tradition of fountains to maintain or convert. The lack of this tradition may also have contributed to our less than enthusiastic attitude to the few fountains we do have.

Pumps clog and motors burn out, probably requiring more repairs than the old gravity-fed examples which so splendidly enhance the rather more vertiginous cities of Southern Europe!
Historically, fountains were only practicable in towns or gardens surrounded by steep hills ... for fairly obvious reasons. Given that the Vale of York is effectively a northward extension of the Fens, I doubt if even the Romans constructed fountains here! Modern fountains are obviously powered by electric pumps and so can be built almost anywhere, but I suspect this new technology was never really exploited in York simply because there was no local tradition of fountains to maintain or convert. The lack of this tradition may also have contributed to our less than enthusiastic attitude to the few fountains we do have. Pumps clog and motors burn out, probably requiring more repairs than the old gravity-fed examples which so splendidly enhance the rather more vertiginous cities of Southern Europe! Firedrake
  • Score: 4

6:09pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Jonthan says...

Fountains are a magnet for hooliganism, dunno why but it happens. Washing up liquid and stupid stuff like that. The Council were warned about this when it was first proposed.
I don't suppose it will ever operate again. A flower bed is a preferable option.
Fountains are a magnet for hooliganism, dunno why but it happens. Washing up liquid and stupid stuff like that. The Council were warned about this when it was first proposed. I don't suppose it will ever operate again. A flower bed is a preferable option. Jonthan
  • Score: 5

11:03pm Tue 11 Mar 14

akaroa says...

Why were the lights that surrounded the fountain removed, where did they go. Probably adorning some ones drive way or York stone patio.
Why were the lights that surrounded the fountain removed, where did they go. Probably adorning some ones drive way or York stone patio. akaroa
  • Score: -2

7:26am Wed 12 Mar 14

anistasia says...

I was told the mains to the fountain were damaged by contractors doing the old toilet block they damaged some mains cable and it's too expensive to get fixed how does expence come into it claim off the contractors insurance.but I thought the the fountain wasn't working long before the toilets came down in parliament street.another cost cutting measure by cyc.
I was told the mains to the fountain were damaged by contractors doing the old toilet block they damaged some mains cable and it's too expensive to get fixed how does expence come into it claim off the contractors insurance.but I thought the the fountain wasn't working long before the toilets came down in parliament street.another cost cutting measure by cyc. anistasia
  • Score: -5

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