Floral funding news - hanging basket grants in Ely and Soham to be stopped
PUBLISHED: 15:29 17 November 2015 | UPDATED: 15:29 17 November 2015
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.”
A decision is to be made in a meeting of the commercial services committee next Wednesday (25).
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