September 25th, 2016

State of Rubery flower boxes prompts a complaint

State of Rubery flower boxes prompts a complaint State of Rubery flower boxes prompts a complaint
Coun Christine McDonald next to a flower box in St Chads Park. (s)

FLOWER boxes in St Chads Park in Rubery have been labelled ‘an eyesore’ by a Bromsgrove District Councillor who has claimed they have been neglected and left to collapse.

Coun Christine McDonald said the area which was meant to be a pleasant and nice place for children and their families to visit had been left to fall apart.

She claimed the wood holding the flower boxes together was collapsing and despite complaints made to Bromsgrove District Council nothing had been done to fix the situation.

Coun McDonald said she had now called for action to be taken before all the flower boxes in the park collapsed.

“My concern is, if we let the council sit back and watch them collapse they will blame it on vandals and not replace them,” Coun McDonald said.

“All the flower boxes needed was simple maintenance and this would never have happened.

“This is happening down to the total neglect of the council and not vandalism.

“The only vandalism is being carried out by the council in not looking after St Chad’s Park as they would Sanders Park in Bromsgrove.”

A council spokeswoman said they had been working with a group of volunteers from Rubery in Bloom who had planted up the beds with olive plants, perennials and annuals.

She added the volunteers maintained the beds and watered them regularly for the enjoyment of all.

“The council stained the wooden sleepers used to create the raised beds last year and have scheduled to replace the posts which have become rotten in the side of one of the beds,” she said.

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