Axminster must plant its own hanging baskets

Floral displays hit by wilting finances

AXMINSTER’S hanging baskets will no longer be planted by the district council – another victim of local government spending cuts.

Instead, the authority has offered to loan the 16 containers to the town council – on condition they pay for any repairs.

Town Clerk Hilary Kirkcaldie said: “We will have to fill them but the baskets will remain the property of EDDC and we will have to replace any if they are damaged while in our care.”

Douglas Hull was unhappy with the deal and said the district council needed to put a time limit on the expected life of the containers.

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Jerry Walden agreed. He said: “There has to be a limit – three years tops, I would say, after that they should be our property, or the chamber of trade’s.”

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