Derby public urged to lift the gloom

by Julia Bradley on September 20, 2013

People in the East Midlands are being urged to fill the gap left bycouncil cuts and return their city from gloom to bloom. Derby City Council has come under fire for scrapping its flower displays on roads and roundabouts and planting low-maintenance shrubs instead.

They could help by planting flowers, according to Ranjit Banwait, the council’s deputy leader. He said the public should help plant the borders and add to the council’s shrubs, which are costing £21,000. Critics have condemned the empty flowerbeds for looking “rubbish” when they used to be “absolutely gorgeous”.

Now the local authority, which decided to save £102,000 over the next two years by cutting its Derby in Bloom fundingand removing the flowerbeds, wants members of the public to step in and brighten up their city.

“It’s our city together,” he said. “To say it’s just the council’s responsibility is simply not going to work. We want the people of Derby to be involved.”

But John Nelson, a town councillor from nearby Belper, which won the largest town category in the 2012 Britain in Bloom competition, said: “It’s disgraceful to see the flowerbeds that used to be absolutely gorgeous and now they are rubbish.”

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Julia Bradley

Research Assistant at Interflora - interested in all things PR!

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