Hartlepool shopping centre bosses to act over ‘monstrosity’

Bushes at the York Road entrance to Middleton Grange shopping centre.
Bushes at the York Road entrance to Middleton Grange shopping centre.

Shopping centre bosses are taking customer comments on board over new bushes.

The huge planted feature outside the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre’s York Road entrance sparked controversy among shoppers who said it was a ‘monstrosity’.

Now, bosses at the centre say they are looking at the situation.

Mark Rycraft, Middleton Grange Shopping Centre manager, said: “Following the installation of the planters at the York Place entrance on August 26, we have received some valuable feedback from shoppers, raising concerns about the size and location of these planters.

“The planters were originally installed to act as wind tunnel control to improve shoppers’ experience in this area of the mall and address wind issues for retailers and shoppers alike.

“The location and specification has been checked by the local fire department, who have confirmed they have no concerns for health and safety.

“We’d like to reassure customers that their feedback is of paramount importance to us and we are currently considering improvements based on the feedback received.”

Shoppers took to social media to voice their concerns about the greenery, which are more than six-foot high and 20ft long, with it being likened to the Rain Forest.

Among those annoyed by the bushes was Lyndsey Dyson, who wrote on Facebook: “This monstrosity, is a giant ashtray/litter bin.”

Kirsty Swift, said: “You’ve got to be kidding me. That is just an eyesore ha ha.”

Leanne Dyson, said: “I suggest you swap the Rain Forest look for some simple bedding flowers ... terrible!”