Petersborough council to stop planting flowers to save £50,000 per year

Peterborough City Council has stopped planting spring and summer bedding plants in the city as part of ongoing cuts to the council budget.  The council said that the decision to stop planting seasonal bedding plants this year is because the local authority needs to “close a £27 million gap” in its budget. Locations in Peterborough where flowers will no longer be planted include Central and Itter parks, Bishop's Road, Lido Gardens, and the city center.

Councillor Nigel Simons, cabinet member for waste, street scene, and the environment, said: "As part of this year's budget setting process, we had to look forensically at every area the council spends money to close a £27 million gap in our budget.

“This included making savings which we wish we did not have to but were necessary to ensure we can still meet our statutory responsibilities, such as providing for the elderly and vulnerable adults and supporting children in care and families in crisis.

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