The gnomes are safe! Victory for Southwell Road campaigners as council says the ornaments can stay
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A group of garden gnomes thought to have been condemned have been granted a new lease on life.
Norwich City Council has declared all gnomes in the communal gardens of a Southwell Road block of flats can stay, allaying residents fears they would have to be moved.
A spokesperson for Norwich City Council said: 'The safety concerns raised related to internal corridors being kept clear and the physical structures that had appeared in the communal garden without permission.
'We have not contacted any Southwell Road residents about garden ornaments, at any point.
'People will be pleased to hear that all gnomes are safe.'
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The council said a trampoline could also stay in the gardens if residents paid for its insurance, but a garden shed would still have to go.
The announcement follows a meeting between council officers, ward councillors and residents on Thursday.
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