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UK council blasted for splashing taxpayers' cash on giant 'Super Mario' green plant pots

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2 個月前
<p>Barmy town hall chiefs have been blasted by residents for erecting giant green plant pots which has left their town "looking like a level from Super Mario Brothers".<br></p><p>Locals living in Walsall, West Mids., say their town has been made a laughing stock by the "garish" planters which have been placed around the Black Country town. </p><p>Walsall Council forked out thousands of pounds of a government grant on dozens of the massive planters which they claimed "promoted a feeling of wellbeing and safety".</p><p>Residents say more of the pots have been added to the area over the past year leaving the town centre "looking like something from Super Mario Brothers".</p><p>While some drew comparisons to the "warp pipes" from the hit Nintendo computer game others simply believe they are a waste of taxpayers' cash.</p><p>The town has been hit by several store closures in recent years and some believe money could be better spent investing in driving businesses to the centre. </p><p>Carl Richards, 33, from Bloxwich, Walsall., said: "They have slowly been adding to this weird collection of garish green planters over the past year or so. </p><p>"The town centre has become known now for looking like something from Super Mario Brothers. Other than that it's a ghost town and it's really sad to see. </p><p>"You sometimes get drunk lads jumping on them making the Super Mario noises. They serve no purpose but to make us look like a bit of a laughing stock. </p><p>"There's empty shops, antisocial behaviour and crumbling buildings yet the council thought these Mario warp pipes would be the best thing for Walsall." </p><p>Retired lorry driver Bill Danks, 74, of Leamore, Walsall, added: "I think they look stupid. Walsall used to be a thriving market town and now we just have big green plant pots. </p><p>"Businesses are not being attracted to the area and this will not help matters. This is not the sort of investment Walsall needs. It's just trying to polish over cracks. </p><p>"I've never heard of Super Mario but there's certainly nothing super about Walsall anymore."<br></p>
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