Floral funding news - hanging basket grants in Ely and Soham to be stopped

Hanging basket grants look set to be scrapped in Soham and Ely

Hanging basket grants look set to be scrapped in Soham and Ely - Credit: Archant

Hanging basket grants look set to be phased out in Ely and Soham as part of a money saving exercise.

The cost saving measures, outlined in a report by East Cambridgeshire District Council, recommend that the grant is halved for 2016 and phased out by 2017.

It would mean savings of £2,082 next summer and £4,164 for 2017.

Tracey Harding, tourism and town centres manager, said in the report: “Over the years the district council has provided a grant of £2,934 to the City of Ely Council and £1,230 to Soham Town Council as a contribution towards their hanging baskets.”

They are the only councils to receive such a grant she added.

The tourism and town centre service plan has: “an over arching objective to achieve financial neutrality by 2017/18.

“The reduction and ultimate cessation of the hanging basket grant has been identified as a cost saving measure and it is the responsibility of each respective local council to provide hanging baskets in their city or town.”

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A decision is to be made in a meeting of the commercial services committee next Wednesday (25).