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Jayne Bailey, a retired florist, gave the concrete island on her housing estate a makeover as the cobble-stones were coming loose and she thought they were dangerous.

Mrs Bailey, 60, removed loose cobbles and planted flowers in a display that has been supported by some of her neighbours.

However, she has now been told by Cornwall County Council to take out the flowers herself and replace the cobbles, or pay for remedial work.

Mrs Bailey, from Bodmin, Cornwall, said: "In a letter I have been told I have 28 days to replace it or they will come out and do the work and send me a bill.

"They also threatened that they would go to the police and report me for criminal damage. This is bureaucratic madness. There are people out there spraying graffiti and I get into trouble for actually making the place nicer."

Mrs Bailey said island had been a crumbling mess, covered in weeds and rubbish for about 30 years.

"Some of the local children had taken to removing the cobble-stones to play with because it was in such a dilapidated condition," she said.

"It now hosts an assortment of sun loving plants suited to that area which are all thriving. The centre piece is a eucalyptus with other plants such as jasmine, buddleia and fuchsias, which were all planted on a budget and designed to fill that space over the coming years with minimal maintenance."

Lots of unneeded staff sitting about in offices with not enough to occupy their days, time for mass redundancy notices to be handed out methinks. Its a winner for everyone,.

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