Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Planting is ‘biased’

A COUNCILLOR has called for money to be spent on flowers in Caversham.

A COUNCILLOR has called for money to be spent on flowers in Caversham.

Andrew Cumpsty, a member of the Conservative oppoosition, has accused Reading Borough Council of favouring wards with Labour councillors.

He said: “Caversham has been told that there is no money to plant the flower beds in Caversham centre. However, funds have been found by the council to provide flowers in Katesgrove, the ward represented by the Labour’s Reading East parliamentary candidate. This is another clear indication that Labour is short-changing residents north of the river.”

Funds for the planting in Katesgrove came from the Decent Neighbourhoods Fund, money the council collects in rent from council tenants and is spent on planting close to council and social housing.

The fund has paid for daffodils and crocuses in Caversham and Emmer Green.

Labour councillor Rachel Eden accused Cllr Cumpsty of an “embarrassing lack of understanding” of the fund.

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