GUERILLA gardeners have taken matters into their own hands under the cover of darkness to highlight the state of an Alnwick road.
Potholes in the deteriorating road surface on Lower Howick Street were filled with soil and flowers overnight on Monday.
Residents in the street were amazed to see the splash of colour on the crumbling road when they looked out on Tuesday morning.
But nobody knew who was responsible for the arrangements.
Philip Deakin, who lives at the Green Batt end of the street, said: "The road has been in a very bad condition. So much of the top of it had come off it was possibly back to what it was like in Victorian times. Something really should have been done about it. But it is a rather nice idea having the flowers in there. It is time that something was done."
Another resident, Ailsa Henderson, said: "I thought I was seeing things. I think it is brilliant. We were told the road was going to be done this year but it hasn't.
"But I think it is brilliant for somebody to take the time to do this."
It is thought that the holes were filled in to show Northumberland County Council the extent of the problem.
"It adds a bit of colour – those potholes are terrible," added resident Sue Belcher.
Alnwick town councillor Ken Moore said: "It is much better than the potholes but they will probably get driven over."
County councillor Gordon Castle said: "You have to have a laugh and it is very funny but there is a sad message behind it, that we have got serious problems with local roads in the town. I have been assured that this road is next on the list."
Richard Hayes, northern area highways manager for Northumberland County Council, said resurfacing work is planned to be done within the next two weeks.
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