Stranraer flowerbed care ideas sought

Dumfries and Galloway Council is appealing for communities to get involved in taking over the maintenance of flowerbeds in Stranraer.

As part of the authority’s savings measures for this year, it was recently agreed to reduce the number of flower bedding areas that the council maintains across the region including in Newton Stewart and Stranraer.

Now the council has appealed for help from the public and said in a statement this week; “Consideration by communities on this matter would be appreciated, particularly as to whether local community groups could offer ways to undertake the on-going planting and maintenance of these beds rather than the council removing them and grassing the areas over.”

A similar idea was discussed at last month’s meeting of Newton Stewart’s Cree Valley Community Council where some council members were upset to learn that parts of the town had already bee grassed over. This was before any consultation had been carried out with local groups to assess whether they could have been taken on by other sources than Dumfries and Galloway Council. Elected member Alistair Geddes called it “an appalling state of affairs.”

Marion McCutcheon, Chair of the Wigtown Area Committee said this week: “We look forward to working with organisations and individuals within our community to ensure that we can, at this time of savings, work together to provide opportunities to make our flower beds as attractive as possible.”

If you have any ideas for the Stranraer flowerbeds, contact Wendy Jesson, Principal Officer Partnership Support on 01776 888317 or Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk by Tuesday 2 June.