A SOLIHULL village was stripped of its blooms last week when council bosses ordered their removal as part of a cost cutting exercise.
Residents of Marston Green were astounded when the eight planters in the village centre disappeared without warning or consultation.
Despite this year’s recent launch of Solihull in Bloom in which the borough annually enters the largest horticultural campaign in Europe, the planters were swiped leaving the centre bare.
Clive Hill, vice chairman of Bickenhill Parish Council said: “The question we are asking is; why didn’t they consult us? From what I understand the parish council actually procured four of the planters anyway.
“We have also been along to the local school in the village and created raised flower beds with them as well as getting the children to plant wildflowers in Millennium Wood, so to take these planters away seems to be sending out the wrong message.”
Fellow parish councillor Linda Poulson added: “We learned this was carried out by Solihull Council as a 20 per cent cost cutting exercise. The planters were a long standing feature of the village.”
Solihull Council was unable to provide the paper with a comment before going to press.