Future’s looking rosier for Stalham’s scruffy flower borders

Pictured from left Robert Stevens, Susan Wellerd, Pauline Grove-Jones and Duncan Edmonds by Stalham'

Pictured from left Robert Stevens, Susan Wellerd, Pauline Grove-Jones and Duncan Edmonds by Stalham's town sign and overgrown borders. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A scruffy but prominent corner of Stalham is set for a makeover after a breakthrough meeting.

The site of Stalham's town sign and surrounding overgrown borders. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

The site of Stalham's town sign and surrounding overgrown borders. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Local councillors have been grumbling about the state of two raised flower borders in front of their town sign for more than a year.

The patch of land, owned by North Norfolk District Council (NNDC), has become completely overgrown with matted shrubs and brambles which spill over on to the pavement.

And a badly-positioned Norfolk County Council highways sign has added to councillors' frustration.

But, after a meeting between local representatives and Paul Ingham, NNDC's countryside and parks manager, the future is looking much rosier.

'It was very constructive and positive. We were told that the district council would be quite happy either for us to take over ownership or to have a licence to look after it,' said Duncan Edmonds, chairman of Stalham Town Council.

The site, at the Lower Staithe Road junction with Yarmouth Road and High Street, is a main gateway to the town.

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'It's a bit of a mess and we would like to tidy it up – make it look more pleasant, and plant some colourful flowers there,' Dr Edmonds added.

The county council had also agreed that the offending highways sign, indicating the direction of Stalham Green, could be removed if townsfolk agreed.

'It's a real pain – an ugly great thing which obscures our town sign, made by high school children years ago,' said Dr Edmonds.

The solid oak town sign bears a stainless steel silhouette of a wherry and the name 'Stalham'.

Mr Ingham had promised that NNDC would clear the borders imminently, while the town council decides which course of action to follow.

Dr Edmonds added: 'Hopefully it will be looking a lot better by the time the tourism season begins.

'We understand that the district council hasn't got the money to come over here every five minutes to sort out our borders so it makes sense that we look after them.

'We can do a little, often, and make a difference.'

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