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‘Save our flowerpots!’

Fire safety rules could lead to end of flowers and plants on estate balconies

14 February, 2019 — By Helen Chapman

Save the flowerpots: residents Desmond Barry and Maria Ramus outside her front door

ELDERLY residents who brighten up estate bal­conies with flowerpots fear the splash of colour will be lost in a council crackdown.

Letters have been sent out demanding that tenants and leaseholders on Curnock estate, in Plender Street, Camden Town, remove objects from communal areas and outside their front doors.

But Desmond Barry, 76, said: “When you’re in a concrete jungle like this flowerpots make it look nice. At my age things like this mean a lot to us, but they don’t mean much to Camden Council. These flowerpots are people’s lives.”

Housing chief Councillor Meric Apak said: “The safety of all of our residents is our prime concern. As part of our ongoing fire safety works we have been surveying communal areas, including walkways and balconies, in our properties for items belonging to residents that could impede access or be a fire risk. He added: “Any residents who have concerns about requests to remove items can speak to their housing officer.”

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