The planter boxes that ate New Norfolk

THE Derwent Valley Council appears to be standing firm in the face of overwhelming community opposition to the large planter boxes it has installed along the length of Burnett St in New Norfolk.

In the six weeks since the council started work on its latest traffic management program, 10 letters opposing the work have been published in the Derwent Valley Gazette and one in favour of the project.

The Gazette revisited the topic in its latest issue (October 8, 2008), reporting on a local businesswoman’s complaints about accidents involving the pink planter boxes, vehicles being forced to cross to the wrong side of the road, and that the boxes had made the remaining thoroughfare to narrow.

The newspaper reported Mayor Tony Nicholson as saying there had been no specific complaints from drivers of heavy vehicles using the street. “People have to accept changes,” Councillor Nicholson said.

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