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Major work operations to repair vandalised Dandelion Fountain

Published on Wednesday, 8th January 2020

Following a recent and severe act of vandalism to Nuneaton’s Dandelion Fountain, the Council have conducted a major clean-up operation.

There will also be ongoing inspections to assess what futher repairs will be required.

The Council’s Plant Maintenance Team have already carried out repairs on the inner and outer display rings and unfortunately, their investigations have discovered that the main display equipment that performs the dandelion effect is damaged.

The sphere’s very large pump and the combined three phase motor were severely affected by an industrial chemical foaming agent that was thrown into the water pond. This chemical also filled the plant chamber with foam mass, which stopped it operating as it should.

The internal seals of the pump and the electrical windings of the motor will need a major inspection and overhaul to fully assess the damage. Due to the difficult logistical removal of the heavy plant equipment from the underground plant chamber, the assessment will determine whether the necessary repairs can be made locally or will need to take place off-site.

Cllr Julie Jackson, Leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council said:

“It is very unfortunate that the Dandelion Fountain, one of Nuneaton’s best known landmarks, has been vandalised in this way.

“This means the Council will have to meet the unexpected spend requirements in order to carry out the repairs, which is a situation that the Council never likes to be in.

“These careless acts of vandalism have an impact on the wider community and we urge individuals to consider the consequences before partaking in such actions.”

Ongoing investigations into the plant equipment failures will continue in January.