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Broughton Village flowers to temporarily disappear

Posted on - 5th February, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Locations, News
Broughton Flower Display

Flowers planted in Broughton Village

Broughton Parish Council have taken the decision to remove the flower tubs located in different parts of Broughton until the redevelopment in the central village has been completed.

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The flower tubs, which are several years old and made out of wood, require regular planting and maintenance.

The Parish Council believe it is cost effective to temporarily remove the plants until the redevelopment of the Broughton Bypass has finished.

Currently the annual planting cost of the flowers are over £1500 and local businesses have not felt able to contribute to those near their premises.

Read more: How the Broughton Bypass is progressing

Pat Hastings, Chair of the Council, said: “This is not the end of the flowers because once the central area is refurbished, we will be asking the community what other areas need to be enhanced.”

The Parish Council is also drawing up plans to redevelop the King George V playing fields, with a proposal to drain the fields, increase car parking, rebuild the changing rooms, develop the park area and look at tree preservation orders for some of the best specimens.

Flowers planted in Broughton Village

The ‘Pinfold’ area of the field will also see a range of enhancements made to its facilities, in conjunction with the groups who already use it, such as providing space for sitting and information to help understand its purpose.

With regards to the Neighbourhood Plan, the areas raised for consultation are under review and the completion of the bypass will see further consultation on community facilities, village pride, integration of new neighbours and the state of the footpaths.

Read more: Opinion: A 10-point plan for Preston in 2017

The consultation process for the plan ends on 8 February and residents are encouraged to submit their responses through the website or by posting in the letterbox at the police station.

Any changes made in the consultation process will then be put forward to Preston City Council in mid-February for review and independent examination.

Have you visited Broughton recently? What do you think about the temporary removal of the flowers? Let us know in the comments below

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