The gnomes are safe! Victory for Southwell Road campaigners as council says the ornaments can stay

Some of the character figures in the gardens around the flats in Southwell Road, which may have to b

Some of the character figures in the gardens around the flats in Southwell Road, which may have to be removed as the council are concerned about trip hazards. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

A group of garden gnomes thought to have been condemned have been granted a new lease on life.

Hana Dynowski, four, and her brother Wojciech, seven, with their dad, Marek, are upset that they hav

Hana Dynowski, four, and her brother Wojciech, seven, with their dad, Marek, are upset that they have been told their walled garden they believed was private at their flat in Southwell Road is communal, and that they must clear it of toys, the trampoline and trip hazards. With them are other residents affected, from left, Sally and John Chewter, Elinor Close, David King, and Francene Mayes, and Simon Harrison. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

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.'

Some of the character figures in the gardens around the flats in Southwell Road, which may have to b

Some of the character figures in the gardens around the flats in Southwell Road, which may have to be removed as the council are concerned about trip hazards. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017


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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.

The garden area at the flats in Southwell Road, with the front area being communal, and the walled i

The garden area at the flats in Southwell Road, with the front area being communal, and the walled in gardens next to the building which the residents have understood to be private, but now have been notified as also being communal and to be cleared of toys and trip hazards. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

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