Looe residents' fury at street ban on pot plants
Council chiefs have banned residents in a picturesque street from placing flower pots outside their homes – over health and safety fears.
Green-fingered homeowners on a quiet residential street in Looe have been putting plants and flowers on their doorsteps for years. The pretty road is lined with colourful blooms in pots and tubs and has become a popular attraction for tourists in the South East Cornwall town.
But Looe Town Council has now told residents they must be cleared away by October 9 – or they will be removed.
The authority said the decision was made after a man slipped on a "slimey" patch of the pavement and injured his knee.
But residents have labelled the ruling "overkill" and says it shows "no common sense".
Resident Jane Read fumed: "It seems overkill. I don't see what health and safety issues could be caused by having plants in pots."
Another resident, Jill Thorn, 70, added: "The tourists come and take photographs of the plants because they look so beautiful.
"Why would the council want to get rid of something that the tourists enjoy?
"No-one from the town council has come to see us at all to explain this to us – we don't know what's going on."
Armand Toms, Cornwall councillor for East Looe, said the council had to take action after the man slipped.
He said: "We have had problems with the street for years with sweeping, cleaning and weeding. In some cases there were 30 or 40 pots with weeds growing out of them and we've got to be mindful of this.
"It came to a head recently when a local resident slipped over, as it was all slimy on the ground.
"We've got to do something before something else happens and we get taken to court."
Edith Coles, from the South East Cornwall Tourism Association agreed with the town council's actions.
She said: "Some pots contain dead plants and weeds and some have also encroached so much into the streets that vehicles cannot get down there to clean."