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Residents take on flower beds where council left off

 
Created on 13/07/2017 @ 12:46
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Residents at Mill Close in Newtown have been getting all green-fingered after taking over responsibility of their communal flower beds.

With Powys County Council savings, the authority said it could no longer look after the beds and so the residents took it on with some financial support from the council for tools and bulbs.

The residents were paid a visit by Montgomeryshire AM Russell George and local County Councillor Dan Rowlands to congratulate them on their efforts.

“The residents have done a fantastic job,” said Mr George. “The flower beds are in full bloom at the moment and I think residents should be recognised for their proactive efforts to maintain the flower beds after Powys County Council withdrew the service.
 
“It is a great improvement on the weeds which had overtaken the beds over the past two years since the council ceased maintaining them.
 
“I hope that residents’ efforts are recognised at the Powys County Council competition which will be judged in August.”
 
Cllr Rowlands said: “I would like to congratulate the residents of Mill Close on such a wonderful display and I hope that this will encourage other communities to seize the initiative and take similar steps to improve the appearance of their local communities.
 
“As the County Council focusses its efforts on statutory services, Town & Community Councils and community groups of residents are being called upon more and more to provide these kinds of services which make a big difference to the way in which our communities look and feel. Congratulations Mill Close!"
 
Resident Helen Nuttycombe said: "I'm very proud of what we have achieved, we have roses and other bedding plants. Before we did this the area was overgrown with weeds and litter."


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