Give Boldmere its Flowers back!
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Boldmere Neighbourhood Forum and local residents call upon Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council to reinstate floral displays on railings in Boldmere and to provide planters for the paving areas so that our High Street is as attractive as others in the Royal Town.
Boldmere's floral displays have been cut by half with only hanging baskets being provided. Vesey ward's town councillors and community groups were not provided with any opportunity for input into the planning of floral displays for the ward.
Boldmere has half the funding allocation of Mere Green. New Oscott, a smaller shopping area apart from the private retail estate, will get 2.5 times the amount of floral displays as Boldmere. Boldmere only gets 60% of the value of Wylde Green and only slightly more than Walmley which is a far smaller shopping area.
We believe the decision was rushed and that the Town Council has over committed itself to the New Oscott area. We ask that the Town Council seeks professional guidance from the City's Highways Senior Engineer Karl Randall to determine which railings can be used. The Amenities Committee were wrongly informed that it was not possible to put floral displays on any railings in Boldmere. Two of our Town Councillors have liaised with Highways to determine the following locations are suitable:
- Zebra Crossing by WH Smith
- Railings at all corners of Jockey Road / Boldmere Road / Stonehouse Road
- 2.5 metres of railings from the Bishop Vesey side of Gate Lane
- All of the Harvester side of Gate Lane
- 4 metres of railings by Fir Tree Grove beneath the sign to Boldmere Methodist Church.
This scrutiny should have taken place by councillors at the meeting and the misinformation not accepted at face value.
Please supply floral boxes for all the railing locations listed above plus planters to bring Boldmere into line with other areas of the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield.
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