Plant tubs are controversial
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The following piece is written by Holly J. McDede and based on an article in the Great Yarmouth Mercury:

The piece is about very controversial flower tubs that seemed to be impeding views of the Broads. They were placed on a parking lot, so people couldn't park there. Everyone was very upset. In the end, the plant tubs were removed after they were declared illegal for obstructing view of the motorway.

One day, Lindsay and her husband, Pete, went to the Horning staithe to park. They were looking forward to some leisurely coffee and some postcard perfect views of the boats and the wildlife of the River Bure. But there was an unexpected visitor this time.

PETER: Are those….

LINDSEY: They look like a dozen of plant tubs.

PETE: Where do we park?

LINDSEY: Should we park on the plant tubs?

PETE: I don’t know. I am so disoriented. I don’t want to be here anymore, Lindsay. Let’s get out of here!

At a meeting last month, parish councillors voted on something that would change the quaint Broad village’s parking situation forever...maybe even longer than that.

PARISH COUNCILOR: Who here would like to line the staithe with wooden flower tubs, narrowing the route so emergency vehicles could go through but nobody could park there?


PARISH COUNCILOR: Guys, this is gonna be big! Wooden flower tubs!

EVERYONE: Wooden flower tubs!

It was a move designed to create an unspoilt view of the river from the village green, and address safety concerns.

PARISH COUNCILOR: Good almighty, I just love safety.

Lindsay and her husband Pete drove back to the Horning staithe again the next day to see if they could park their cars and check out the Broads.

PETE: Can’t they at least put flowers inside of them? I am so dismayed.

Ralph Morris, who has owned Ralph Newsagents in Lower Street for 26 years, said:
RALPH MORRIS: We’re not happy as this piece here is the only place in Horning where you can sit in your car and see the river. During the day it could mean 40 to 50 lost customers as the planters are there. He started a petition after learning of the decision at a Horning Parish Council meeting on February 2, and has gathered more than 250 signatures from locals and visitors so far.

There is a free car park at the village hall, which is around four minutes walk away, Yet since the planters were installed last week she had seen scores of elderly people drive along the staithe hoping to park, slowing down, then driving off when they realised what had happened.

Penny Lane, sub-postmaster of Horning Post Office, said she welcomed the move.
PENNY LANE: If there are rows of tradesman’s vans there and they’re parked there for the day it can impede the view. I think the planters make it attractive and a focal point in the village, which is what the situation in any Broads village is supposed to be. I think people are going to come into the village if they’re going to come in, and there are other parking options available.

Parish council minutes state the planters cost £50 to £100…..each.

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