Upset over credit for Chichester in bloom

A bed of flowers in the Jubilee Gardens, near New Park Road,  Chichester SUS-140421-132504001
A bed of flowers in the Jubilee Gardens, near New Park Road, Chichester SUS-140421-132504001

AN example sign has proved to be a thorny issue among Chichester city councillors.

At a meeting last Wednesday, members expressed their disappointment after believing they hadn’t been credited for the Chichester in Bloom competition.

But the district council said a drawing used to a illustrate a planning application for signage on the city’s roundabouts was just an ‘example’ – and not linked to the annual competition.

“It was to my great disappointment and shock to find that Chichester in Bloom signs say they are proudly supported by Chichester District Council,” said Cllr Plowman at a meeting of Chichester City Council.

The city council has upped its funding of the project to £25,000, while the district council puts £5,000 towards the scheme.

Cllr Richard Plowman said: “We have been very successful and won four golds.

“Recently this council decided to put extra money into this.

“I do find this very disappointing – especially with all the effort put into it with not even a mention.

“I’m disappointed and quite angry. It really shows a lack of courtesy and consideration.”

The signs will actually be used to display the names of local companies which provide sponsorship for the roundabouts.

Cllr Anne Scicluna said she ‘echoed’ Cllr Plowman’s disappointment, ‘especially’ as the district council confirmed they would not be involved with the hanging basket scheme due to ‘lack of resources’.

Cllr Tony Dignum said he thought the problem was more a of a ‘cock-up than a conspiracy’.

The town clerk was instructed to write a letter of disappointment to the district council.

A Chichester District Council spokeswoman said: “The picture of the roundabout sign in the planning application is there purely as an example to demonstrate the scale of the signs and is not linked to the current City In Bloom scheme.”