A schoolboy is helping to spearhead a campaign to get crumbling brickwork in the centre of Hassocks repaired.
Cracks have appeared in several of the walls around the raised flowerbeds from the ground up, leading to fears that they could collapse.
But despite having the money and volunteers to take action, residents have found it impossible to get permission from the land owner.
The low level walls are a magnet for small children, but the rough edges and missing brickwork make them a safety hazard.
Eden Saatchi, 12, whose sister tripped and fell on the beds last month, said: “I think we should replace them now before something happens.
“One day soon someone may hit their head and it would be really upsetting if something bad happened.”
Mother of two and Hassocks Amenity Association member, Georgia Cheshire, said: “We have the money and the volunteers to do something - what we need is permission from the landlord.
“Being as they’re not locally based, they don’t have any interest.”
Chair of the association, Margaret Ford explained how they had been pressing for action since June 2011: “We have never had a reply to our many phone calls, emails and letters.
“Twice in recent months we have asked for a site meeting and are still waiting for their response.”
The site, comprising numbers 37 to 47 Keymer Road and the beds in front of them, is owned by Eaglepeak Services, a private company based in London.
A spokesman for Fludes Commercial, who manage the site for Eaglepeak said: “We know they need to be repaired and we are obtaining quotes.
“There are financial implication for a lot of people. Some of the costs need to go to the commercial tenants.
“There has been quite a change behind the scenes with the company,” he added.