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Burntwood councillor welcomes U-Turn on gardening services deal

A Burntwood councillor has welcomed a U-Turn on plans to axe a contract with a community gardening service.

Lichfield District Council had been set to end the agreement for Cherry Orchard Gardening Services (COGS) to maintain local cemeteries.

The award-winning community interest company provides training and support for people with learning disabilities.

Cllr Sue Woodward

Cllr Sue Woodward

But the plan has now been reversed after Labour County Councillor Sue Woodward took up the issue with Conservative counterpart Cllr Alan White.

“At a time of great anxiety and uncertainly for people with learning disabilities and their carers, this knee-jerk decision by the District Council on a purely financial basis, it seems, showed a lack of joined-up thinking about want councils do with tax-payers money,” Cllr Woodward said. “It also showed a lack of care and consideration for what really matters to local people.

“I am pleased to hear that this harsh decision has now been reversed and the contract renewed for another year.

“Let’s not just talk about partnership working but make sure it happens for real.

“I am grateful too to Cllr White for his prompt action on this.”

But Cllr Woodward has warned that the future of the COGS contract remains in doubt.

“We all want to see organisations like COGS grow and thrive,” she explained.

“This is only a temporary reprieve so I would urge local companies and organisations to check out the gardening services provided by COGS and think about doing business with them.”

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1 Comment

  1. Some Bloke

    1st February, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Well done, Sue. This is what a proper Councillor does. Knows the issues, and thoughtfully engages with the right people.
    COGS is a brilliant organisation. It cannot be thoughtlessly thrown away. It took years to build.