Councillor: “Boston would be boring and full of litter without In Bloom”

The Britain in Bloom judges at Boston West Academy. DJ
The Britain in Bloom judges at Boston West Academy. DJ

Losing Boston in Bloom would result in Boston being like ‘any other town – very, very boring with lots of litter’ according to one senior councillor.

Portfolio holder for open spaces Coun Yvonne Gunter made the comments at Boston Borough Council’s environment and performance committee meeting on Wednesday following a discussion into how the authority could improve its grass verge cuttings.

One of the 11 solutions included cutting support to Boston in Bloom by removing provision of floral schemes - which could save upto £16,870 on materials and staff and pay for one extra cut per year.

In defence of the scheme Coun Gunter said: “We have a lot of volunteers that help in Boston in Bloom, we have contacted businesses and got a lot more people to come on board.

“We’re working very, very hard to get the town looking beautiful, if we lost it the town would look like any other town - very, very boring, with lots of litter,” she said.

Another solution was to change maintenance staff working patterns to be more ‘seasonal’. This did not mean cutting staff but changing their hours to be more flexible so that they work longer in the summer and less in the winter.

Council officer Matt Fisher said staff had already been spoken to and understood why the changes needed to be made.

He revealed Boston Bowls Club would also be taking over the Central Park bowling green, saving £3,000 a year.

More volunteers from North Sea Camp could also be used.

Coun Paul Kenny said he felt a meeting was needed between the three main public space providers to organise grass cuttings and solutions.

Councillors decided to recommend a meeting with Lincolnshire County Council and Boston Mayflower to discuss solutions. They were also to look at the change of contracts.