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Council blames “difficult economic times” for decision to axe 2018 Burntwood in Bloom competition

The Burntwood in Bloom competition has been axed for 2018.

Burntwood Town Council has blamed “difficult economic times” for the decision.

The council still hopes to bring the competition back in 2019, but with an expected £19,000 drop in the figure received from Lichfield District Council through the Parish Council Local Council Tax Support Grant, the Burntwood in Bloom committee admitted that tough decisions needed to be made.

In 2017 just 38 entries were received for the competition.

The council will discuss the long-term future of the contest at a meeting on March 5.

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1 Comment

  1. Candidate 2019

    27th February, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Hold on a second. I am pretty sure Burntwood Town Council had announced in their last Full Council meeting that they have chosen to not raise council taxes as they have enough money in the budget.

    Furthermore, the Event’s Meeting in January shown that the Events Committee Budget for 2017/18 was £27,000, but after you take away the expenditures (Wakes, Play in the Parks, and Christmas) the remaining budget is still a whopping £17,399.60 left ready to spend.

    The fact is, for a town that is home to ~30,000 people, the Burntwood in Bloom event has often received a very low turn out, and costs taxpayers about £4,100 each time it is ran. There is no public evidence to support the claim that the council are experiencing “difficult economic times”.
    *Unless, the town council is planning on a press release to address this fact*

    Perhaps the £4,000 from the failed event, and the £17,000 left over from events should be allocated in a fund for the roads. Rather than expecting Staffordshire county to fix our town, maybe we should start paying for our own fixes.