NEW Addington residents have likened the large, controversial boulders in Central Parade to The Flintstones' town of Bedrock. Locals and market traders have voiced their opposition to the rocks, which Labour councillor Oliver Lewis has vowed will be removed following his party's election victory. Six out of ten people in an Advertiser poll this week agreed that it is time for the boulders to go. Huge The 22 huge stones, introduced following complaints of illegal parking, were originally part of a year-long project funded by London mayor Boris Johnson's Outer London Programme, which also included landscaping and the establishment of a play area. But many residents say they look ugly - and are even being used as a toilet by pets. Kathleen Saunders, 70, of New Addington said: "They're an eye-sore but they do mean the elderly can have a sit-down every few yards and take the weight of their feet, "Having said that I've seen a lot of dogs lift a leg and go to the toilet on them." Another New Addington resident, 76-year-old Betty Lacey, added: "I hate them and every time I see them they remind me of the Flintstones." The main concern about the rocks is that locals believe they pose a health and safety risk, particularly to children who play on them. "They are so dangerous," added Mrs Lacey. "The kids will climb on them and it worries me sick because when the road, is open the cars are so close to children that they've only got to knock into one of the rocks and there will be a serious accident. "People often get confused and forget when the road is shut off, I've done it myself, and they will just run across the road. It's just a matter of time before a child goes under the wheel of the car." And some traders and businesses are angry at the two-year-old investment and have blamed the boulders for driving their customers away. CEX store manager Scott Childs, 29, of Thornton Heath, said: "The boulders are ridiculous, just stupid really and a huge waste of money. Business "It has really affected our business as fewer people are coming here to spend money." The Advertiser polled more than 500 people on the issue on our website this week, with 59 per cent voting in favour of removing the boulders. Thirty per cent want the boulders to stay, while the rest did not care either way.
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