Blooms tick all the right boxes

PUBLISHED: 11:36 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:32 15 June 2010

EAST Devon District Council looks set to continue supporting local entries in the Britain in Bloom competition following a big vote of confidence from the council's Scrutiny Committee. The head of StreetScene had been asked to present a report on the cost

EAST Devon District Council looks set to continue supporting local entries in the Britain in Bloom competition following a big vote of confidence from the council's Scrutiny Committee.The head of StreetScene had been asked to present a report on the cost to the Council of its involvement in the Britain in Bloom event in 2007. Members heard that if the District were to withdraw support from the Britain in Bloom Campaign revenue savings would amount to £11,242, but that this was a small proportion of the parks and gardens budget and support for the competition ticked all the right boxes in terms of improving the environment and quality of life.A Britain in Bloom group member informed the committee that the small financial outlay by the council gave a huge amount back to the community in terms of local pride and increased visitors and the committee voted unanimously to recommend that EDDC's Executive Board should support continued civic participation in the competition. The report informed councillors that the authority has been supporting these campaigns for over 30 years. Sidmouth first became involved in 1971 and in 1975 won the "best small town in the British Isles" and went on to win the Entente Florale Cup for the "Best Town in Europe". East Devon has consistently been one of the top achievers and many other areas have joined in the campaign with Exmouth, Seaton, Budleigh Salterton and Beer amongst the trophy winners in recent years.

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