The quiet Derbyshire village of Coton-in-the-Elms has fallen foul of the flowerpot police, reported the Independent...
The quiet Derbyshire village of Coton-in-the-Elms has fallen foul of the flowerpot police, reported the Independent [Nov 25, p12].
This summer the village came third in the East Midlands Village in Bloom competition by decorating its grass verges with flower pots made from concrete pipes. The competition over, the parish council made the mistake of applying for a licence for the pots.
Four months later the county council replied, saying the pots were a hazard to motorists, an obstacle for maintenance workers and would have to be removed.
Parish council chairman Roy Pritchard said: 'I think we have paid the penalty for going through official channels...It is absolutely stupid, especially when other villages have got exactly what we've got and we are the only ones being challenged. We are going to fight it - we are not removing the pots'.