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Controversial New Addington boulders to be removed this week

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THE controversial boulders in New Addington are to be removed this Wednesday (July 23), Croydon Council has confirmed. The process of removing the large rocks, which have previously been likened to 'something out of the Flintstones', from Central Parade will begin at 9.30am. New Addington's two new Labour councillors, Oliver Lewis and Louisa Woodley, pledged immediately after their election victory to rid the estate of the boulders. Contractors will be on site with council leader Tony Newman to watch the 22 boulders shipped out of the estate for good. They were installed in 2012 as part of regeneration works funded via Mayor of London Boris Johnson following complaints of illegal parking. But a fierce backlash from local residents saw them labelled as akin to an "alien invasion" and a danger to children. Cllr Lewis has said they will be replaced with something residents want like bins or benches. A council spokeswoman said some of the boulders would end up in a council nursery, while some will be placed in the Mitcham Road cemetery. It is not yet known how long the removal will take.

Controversial New Addington boulders to be removed this week


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