Locals on the coast left fuming after the council installed dozens of ‘Mario Kart’ style barrels

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Tired of locals in a pretty seaside village remains furious after council installs dozens of Mario Kart-style red and white barrels to avoid traffic jams

  • Large wooden tubs filled with soil appeared overnight in Craster, Northumberland
  • Council leaders say they plan to slow traffic and escort drivers to the parking lot
  • But enraged locals say the barrels make the village look like a video game track

Tired of locals living in one of the UK’s prettiest villages is raging after municipal leaders installed dozens of Mario Kart-style red and white barrels to avoid traffic jams.

The large wooden tubs filled with soil appeared overnight in the popular coastal town of Craster, in Northumberland.

City Hall chiefs say they are meant to slow traffic and guide vacationers to the parking lot to avoid clogging the narrow streets near the harbor.

Oddly, the 305 villagers are encouraged to ‘adopt a vessel’ that they can use to plant flowers to make them look more attractive.

But enraged locals say the three-foot-wide barrels make the village – once voted the UK’s most beautiful place to live – resembles a ‘Mario Kart race track’.

Tired of locals living in one of the UK's prettiest villages rages after council officials install dozens of Mario Kart-style red and white barrels to avoid traffic jams

Tired of locals living in one of the UK’s prettiest villages rages after council officials install dozens of Mario Kart-style red and white barrels to avoid traffic jams

Villagers have compared the scheme to that in the popular Nintendo game Mario Kart

Villagers have compared the scheme to that in the popular Nintendo game Mario Kart

Villagers have compared the scheme to that in the popular Nintendo game Mario Kart

The large wooden tubs filled with soil appeared overnight in the popular coastal town of Craster, in Northumberland

The large wooden tubs filled with soil appeared overnight in the popular coastal town of Craster, in Northumberland

The large wooden tubs filled with soil appeared overnight in the popular coastal town of Craster, in Northumberland

The small seaside village was once voted the most beautiful place to live in the UK

The small seaside village was once voted the most beautiful place to live anywhere in the UK

The small seaside village was once voted the most beautiful place to live anywhere in the UK

Resident Bill Yates, 40, stormed: “I couldn’t believe it when I drove home and saw these things by the side of the road.

‘At first I thought they were traffic bollards for workmen, but then I realized they were actually flower pots.

‘They say they are going to plant bulbs in it, but at the moment they are just full of soil. The village looks like something from Mario Kart. ‘

Inmate Angie Morris, 55, said: “The council has made the village a laughing stock.

‘We are a very quiet village, famous all over the world for our tippers. These flower pots are just dumb and ruin the look of the place. ‘

Nick Lyons wrote on Facebook, ‘Watch out for a banana peel when you hit that corner!’

Stephen Thompson added: “Luigi is not impressed with this new course at Mario Kart.”

Meanwhile, Richard Hunter wrote, “I thought I was looking at a go-kart track. Lewis Hamilton will like it. ‘

City Hall chiefs say they are meant to slow traffic and guide vacationers to the parking lot to avoid clogging the narrow streets by the harbor

City Hall chiefs say they are meant to slow traffic and guide vacationers to the parking lot to avoid clogging the narrow streets by the harbor

City Hall chiefs say they are meant to slow traffic and guide vacationers to the parking lot to avoid clogging the narrow streets by the harbor

Oddly enough, the 305 villagers are encouraged to 'adopt a vessel' that they can plant flowers with to make them look more attractive

Oddly enough, the 305 villagers are encouraged to 'adopt a vessel' that they can plant flowers with to make them look more attractive

Oddly enough, the 305 villagers are encouraged to ‘adopt a vessel’ that they can plant flowers with to make them look more attractive

But enraged locals say the three-foot-wide barrels make the village - once voted the UK's most beautiful place to live - resembles a 'Mario Kart race track'.

But enraged locals say the three-foot-wide barrels make the village - once voted the UK's most beautiful place to live - resembles a 'Mario Kart race track'.

But enraged locals say the three-foot-wide barrels make the village – once voted the UK’s most beautiful place to live – resembles a ‘Mario Kart race track’.

Northumberland County Council installed the large pots at the entrance to the village as part of a traffic package

Northumberland County Council installed the large pots at the entrance to the village as part of a traffic package

Northumberland County Council installed the large pots at the entrance to the village as part of a traffic package

The parish council has called on the locals to adopt 'a barrel' by watering and maintaining it in the form of a scaled down 'in bloom' contest

The parish council has called on locals to adopt 'a barrel' by watering and maintaining it in the form of a scaled down 'in bloom' contest

The parish council has called on the locals to adopt ‘a barrel’ by watering and maintaining it in the form of a scaled down ‘in bloom’ contest

Northumberland County Council installed the large pots at the entrance to the village as part of a traffic package.

City Councilor Wendy Pattison told a meeting of the Craster Parish Council: “ I think they’ll look a lot nicer once there’s something in there.

If this doesn’t work, the bins can be slid into the back of a van and the road markings can be easily changed.

‘I know a lot of people hate it, but let’s give it six months to be assessed and see where we’re going. Let’s try. It’s only for 12 months. ‘

The parish council has called on the locals to ‘adopt a barrel’ by giving and maintaining it in the form of a scaled-down ‘in bloom’ contest.

Council chairman Martin Smith said, “They’re not the most aesthetically pleasing in the current situation, so they really need some plants.”

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