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Anger over street planter repair delay

PUBLISHED: 11:18 16 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:28 30 June 2010

AN angry Great Yarmouth resident has criticised the borough council for taking two-and-a-half years to repair a plant holder targeted by vandals.

John Anderton, of Queens Road, said the lives of residents living in Queens Road and Havelock Road had been made a misery by yobs picking up debris from the planter on the corner of the two streets and dumping it in the middle of the road and on people's cars.

AN angry Great Yarmouth resident has criticised the borough council for taking two-and-a-half years to repair a plant holder targeted by vandals.

John Anderton, of Queens Road, said the lives of residents living in Queens Road and Havelock Road had been made a misery by yobs picking up debris from the planter on the corner of the two streets and dumping it in the middle of the road and on people's cars.

The holder was destroyed by a car, but Mr Anderton said since then all the council had done was install barriers around the broken planter, which vandals had torn up and dumped in the road. His BMW has also been targeted.

He added that earlier this

week borough council workmen had replaced the barriers, but the planter itself had still not been repaired.

Retired Mr Anderton said he had contemplated suing the council for negligence because it had not repaired the planters over such a long period of time.

He said: “If the council can see the problem with the planters and that it is something they should be addressing, then they should be doing something about it. I don't know of any other local council that would allow something to fester like this.”

Borough council spokesman Steven Reilly said there appeared to have been a breakdown in communication between the borough and Norfolk County Council over who would fix the planter.

He said the planter had been installed by the county council as part of a traffic calming scheme, but the borough council had also been involved, planting some flowers to improve the local environment.

“Norfolk County Council and Great Yarmouth Borough Council apologise to residents in the nearby area for the length of time it has taken to repair the damage and are working to ensure it is fixed in the near future,” said Mr Reilly.


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