Flowers cut as budget is reduced

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FLOWER beds will lie empty next spring as Falkirk Council reduces its planting arrangements to make savings in the region of £80,000.

Although agreed earlier this year, the local impact hit home with one Bo’ness resident this week.

The person, who asked not to be named, said: “There will be no flowers in the memorial garden or cemeteries, there will be no bulbs planted.

“We will be known as Falkirk Not In Bloom - there might be an award in that.”

Instead planting will be reduced to just once a year.

It is understood Bo’ness Community Council is writing to Falkirk Council for clarification and to see if anything can be done.

A Falkirk Council spokesman said 75 per cent of respondents to a public consultation prior to February’s budget agreed floral displays and bedding plants should be replaced less often to save cash.

Current arrangements were reviewed and the approved budget included provision for reduced planting.

Spring bedding planting, which previously occurred in October/November time, will now be axed but summer bedding will continue.

He said: “As such, planting for summer bedding will take place around June and displays will remain in place until around October.

“Thereafter, plants will be removed and new planting installed again the following June.”