Outrage as local council ‘fixes’ a pothole by planting a TREE in it

‘The Fawlty Towers of councils’: Residents outraged after local council ‘fixes’ a pothole by planting a TREE in the middle of the road

  • A council has attracted ridicule after it fixed a pot hole by planting a tree in it
  • Port Phillip council, in Melbourne, took a green-thumbed approach to the issue
  • But local residents were none too impressed with the outrageous non-solution 

A local Australian council is being ridiculed after they attempted to patch a pothole in a peculiar way: by planting a tree in the middle of the road.

Residents of St Kilda, south Melbourne, appealed to Port Phillip Council to mend the giant pothole blighting Somerset St, after nearby construction work left the asphalt damaged.

But many were less-than-impressed with the council’s green-thumbed approach, as workers neglected to patch up the crater and decided to plant a small tree in it instead, the Herald Sun reports.  

Melbourne’s Port Phillip council is being ridiculed it attempted to patch a pothole by planting a tree in it

Residents appealed to Port Phillip Council to mend the giant pothole blighting Somerset St (pictured) after nearby construction work left the asphalt damaged

Residents on the street are particularly outraged at the ‘dangerous’ new vegetation, dubbing Port Phillip ‘the Fawlty Towers of councils.

‘We have asked them to remove (the tree) as we believe it would be dangerous to drivers and pedestrians alike,’ they said in a statement.

Mayor Bernadene Voss claimed the council was investigating why the tree had been planted in the middle of the road in the first place, ‘as it is unlikely to thrive in this location’.

Residents were less-than-impressed with the council’s green-thumbed approach, with residents calling Port Phillip ‘the Fawlty Towers of councils’

Ms Voss said the plant would be relocated while the council decided on the best greening for the street.

She also declared that the road would be properly resurfaced in the near future.

‘We believe the intent was to spruce the street up but the money would have been better spent doing some street cleaning,’ she said.

Mayor Bernadene Voss claimed the council was investigating why the tree had been planted in the middle of the road in the first place, and declared that the road would be properly resurfaced in the near future

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