Tired of seeing London Road’s landmark planters full of weeds and litter, local residents and Lib Dem Councillor Richard Samuel took matters into their own hands earlier this week.
A team of community activists from the London Road partnership undertook a spot of ‘guerilla gardening’ and cleared 8 bags of litter and weeds from three of the large containers on the busy route.
Walcot’s Lib Dem Councillor, Richard Samuel, commented: “I was really glad to join local volunteers in working together to spruce up some of the neglected planters. We’ll be back to finish the job, since the Council won’t!
“Local people are sick of London Road being ignored by the Council. The Conservative administration seems hell-bent on destroying all the investment secured by the Lib Dems.
— Richard Samuel (@RSamuel4Walcot) May 15, 2018
“Not only are the planters being left to fill up with weeds and rubbish, but the works on the cycle route seem to have been abandoned. The loading bay was dug up, fenced off and then just left.
“This has been going on for too long. I have now written to the Cabinet member to demand action to resolve the situation. London Road residents deserve better than this.”
It was revealed back in March that there were plans to remove the distinctive metal planters from their stretch of the London Road in Bath.
Due to safety concerns, the planters, which were installed in 2015 as part of a regeneration scheme of the area, were expected to be removed and scrapped.
Since March, there has been no confirmation on their future, and requests for more information on what’s happening have gone unanswered.