Fears over stone pineapple ‘crushing a child’ in Sidmouth prompts council action

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 September 2018

The stone pinapple which sits at the entrance of Blackmore Gardens and people fear may fall down. Picture: Richard Wright

The stone pinapple which sits at the entrance of Blackmore Gardens and people fear may fall down. Picture: Richard Wright

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A stone pineapple that sits on top of a pillar and looks ready to fall, has prompted calls for urgent action from a concerned father.

Daniel Hennessy, of Sidmouth, spoke to the Herald about the sculpture which sits at the entrance to Blackmore Gardens, in Blackmore Drive, near Sidmouth Library.

The father-of-one, who has a two-year-old daughter, noted how the carving had been damaged and had a large crack through it.

He said: “I think it could fall on someone. It could crush a child. It’s pretty heavy.

“A lot of kids use this park, they use the library and then come in here. Something should be done. It’s a concern.”

An East Devon District Council spokeswoman said: “Following a report from the public about the damage to the pineapple, we sent officers to make the area safe. “We are investigating how this damage occurred and would be grateful to know if anyone saw anything.

“We will make the feature safe and arrange for repairs to be carried out.

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