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Flower display concerns at Taunton boat mooring
A BOAT owner says he is being forced to remove a floral display in memory of his parents at a mooring near Taunton.
Keith Furzer set up the display five years ago next to his boat as a way to remember his parents Audrey and George Furzer, and to spruce up the mooring, at Bathpool, near Taunton.
But in a letter to Mr Furzer on October 3, Maria Nash, moorings manager at the Canal and River Trust, said an increasing amount of items being stored on the path was restricting the access, making the site look untidy and compromising security.
The letter warned Mr Furzer and other boat owners to remove the items within two weeks or risk having their mooring contract terminated.
Mr Furzer’s display includes seasonal flowers, pots, hanging baskets, solar lights and engraved wooden seats.
He said: “All I have done is plant a few flowers and pots to make the area look nice and make somewhere that I could go to remember my parents – I mean what have I really done wrong?
“If it was a problem then they should have told me when I started it all – I cut the grass around the area, I help keep the area clean and tidy and then I get this letter.
“I have been having some problems with depression recently and the doctor said pottering down to the canal and looking after the memorial was the best tonic I could have – better than any pills.
“We had been on good terms with Maria and she would come down to the site and say how good it looked – this is like giving a child a sweet and then taking it away from them.”
This week, however, a spokesman for the Canal and River Trust described Maria Nash’s letter as ‘over-zealous’ and said they would like to find a ‘middle ground’ with Mr Furzer.
They added: “It is an amazing display but we would like him to rein it in a bit so there is access to the gate and mooring.”
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