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Community lined up for a greater role in Bloom bid

CASH-strapped Solihull Council is considering whether to hand over more responsibility for the annual Solihull in Bloom competition to the local community.

CASH-strapped Solihull Council is considering whether to hand over more responsibility for the annual Solihull in Bloom competition to the local community.

Entry to the horticultural contest is co-ordinated by the local authority, working closely with volunteers, parish councils and local businesses.

The borough has racked up a host of awards over the past decade but now the council is considering alternative ways of organising entry.

Although the costs are covered by sponsorship, the council’s town centre and events manager spends over 100 hours on the competition.

Becki Wood, who compiled the report into possible changes, said: “Solihull has consistently achieved excellent standards in both the regional and more recently the national element of the competition.

“However in the current economic climate, we are questioning if there is another way of achieving this profile and running these initiatives in a more efficient way.”

One of the options would be for the community to take the lead, with an individual co-ordinating displays within each particular town or village.

A pot of money would be provided for each area to spend on its flower beds and other floral fixtures.

There is also the possibility of one of the council’s partner organisations taking over responsibility on a borough-wide basis.

No firm decisions have been made, but some of the options were discussed at Wednesday’s meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Board.

 

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