A seaside town is urgently replacing its Christmas tree after an “underwhelming” one was wrongly delivered.
Dover district council said replacing the tree installed outside the pier in Deal with a more impressive version was a “matter of urgency” following ridicule from residents.
People living in Deal described the “small-scale” pine as “underwhelming”, while one has dubbed it a contender for “Kent’s worst Christmas tree”.
Kevin Mills, the town’s Labour council leader, said he had instructed officials to replace the festive centrepiece, which he claims was not the one initially ordered.
“I find it unacceptable that this has happened and it makes the council department that dealt with it look bad,” he said.
“The tree wasn’t the one that was ordered and the company that supplied it will be replacing it with the correct one as a matter of urgency.
“I have insisted this has to be done as soon as possible.”
It comes after some residents and visitors mocked the tree this week, while others showed support to the council.
‘If you’re going to do it, do it properly’
Peter Marsh, who has lived in Deal for 13 years, joked: “You can get bigger ones in Poundland.
“It’s underwhelming. It’s almost as tall as the pampas grass but not quite as big. I would have expected a better one. If you’re going to do it, do it properly.”
Jill Breen, another Deal resident, added: “It could be bigger.
“It’s not the best I’ve ever seen but at least it’s not leaning to one side as I thought it might be.
“It’s not too bad though. I think it should have a star. I think maybe at night it would look lovely.”
Jose Arufe-Barker, who was visiting from London with a group of friends, found the tree to be an “odd shape” on his first impression. “I think it’s underwhelming,” the 26-year-old said.
But others say the criticism aimed at the council was unfair.
Vanessa Hood, 67, from Faversham, says “a lot of people like to moan”. “It’s got lights so once they are on in the evening it would be nice,” she said.
“It’s a nice gesture by the council to put a tree up in the first place - it makes people feel better. I think a lot of people like to moan.”
Another supporter was Brian Hurst, 74, who said: “It’s the first time I’ve been to Deal and walking through the pier I saw it and I think it’s very good. I think they’ve made a lot of effort to do that and the criticism is unwarranted.”