RESIDENTS in Hebburn are happier now planter problems in the town are being rooted out.
For several years, planting boxes in several streets in Hebburn have sparked complaints about overgreen greenery and parking issues.
Dating back more than 30 years, the planters have caused complaints in Northbourne Road, Howe Street and other terraced streets on the border of Hebburn and Jarrow.
There were also numerous complaints about the planters attracting litter and looking unsightly.
Monkton ward councillors decided to get to the root of the problem and have the planters removed, a move which has been welcomed by residents.
Coun Jim Sewell said: “The planters date from the late 1960s or early 1970s and have caused problems for a number of years.
“They have become a bit of a nuisance, particularly since there are so many more cars, and people have difficulties parking, because of the planters.
“Last year, we had planters removed from Howe Street and others have just been removed from Northbourne Road.
“This is part of a rolling programme and the work has been paid for by Hebburn Community Area Forum.”
Apart from creating parking issues, residents said the outmoded planters were often overgrown and looked untidy.
Coun Sewell added: “Some people said they occasionally didn’t feel safe with the planters, where youths used to gather.
“Next year, the planters in Gladstone Street are due to be removed.
“People in the streets where the planters have been removed seem to be over the moon with the work.”
But Coun Sewell said that there are no plans to open up pedestrianised ends of the terraced streets facing Victoria Road East, Hebburn.