'Embarrassing' shopping street still has Christmas trees up

No one will take responsibility for taking down the dying festive firs

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Why does this shopping street still have Christmas trees up?

A shopping district is displaying Christmas trees three months after the festive season ended amid confusion over who is responsible for removing them.

Several of the dying festive firs can still be seen on buildings around Borrowash's shopping quarter in Derby.

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One businessman along the shopping strip says he's "embarrassed" over the gaff, describing it as a "ridiculous situation."

Geoff Ruddle, from estate agents Everington and Ruddle told the Derby Telegraph that he believed Ockbrook and Borrowash Parish Council was to blame as it arranged with shopkeepers in the community to have the trees and brackets installed late last year.

But he claimed the parish council had made no arrangements for them to be taken down.

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One businessman along the shopping strip says he's "embarrassed" over the gaff, describing it as a "ridiculous situation"


Mr Ruddle said: "It's a ridiculous situation, it really is. It's embarrassing for shopkeepers here and it's embarrassing for Borrowash.

"I wish the parish council would take note and see how stupid they are making Borrowash look.

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"Putting the trees up is one thing but it is also important they are taken down as well.

"It is like me organising a football match but forgetting the kits so the players have to play naked.

"I suppose shopkeepers don't have the ladders to take them down. It is not just shopkeepers either. I believe there are houses that still have them, too."

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"It is like me organising a football match but forgetting the kits so the players have to play naked," said one estate agent

And Steven Jubb from Antony Coates Butchers, outside which one of the trees is located, said: "There was someone who put them up about November last year and we have just assumed the same person would take them down.

"It looks bad, I must admit, because the trees look like they are on their last legs. But we don't have any ladders here anyway so can't take them down."

People posted comments urging the trees to be removed on the Spotted: Borrowash Community Facebook page.

A comment on the Facebook post claimed it was the shopkeepers' responsibility to take them down.

Toni Leatherland wrote: "It is the responsibility of the individual. People need to take the trees down. It looks a mess. It's ridiculous, it's March now."

The Derby Telegraph contacted Ockbrook and Borrowash Parish Council but no-one was unavailable to comment.

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