Don Foster MP


Councillor funding to brighten up Radstock

April 4, 2023 by admin in News

A Councillor in Radstock is working with residents and the local In-Bloom Committee to brighten up the town.

Cllr Simon Allen (Liberal Democrat) has obtained a total sum of £750 for this year’s entry in the South West in Bloom competition, which will take place this summer.

The funding has been awarded from B&NES Council’s Ward Councillor Initiative Fund, which is set aside for local councillors to spend on grassroots community projects.

Cllr Allen said:

“Last year the In Bloom Committee worked very hard to win Gold in the competition.

Their hard work saw our town brightened up with flowers, and teams of people working together for the good of the community.

Wanting to make sure that we are just as successful this year, this money from my Initiative Fund will go a long way to help. I would encourage all members of the community to get involved and support the In Bloom committee in their efforts.”

The money itself was divided into a £500 grant for the purchase of bulbs, seeds and plants by the local organisers. The other £250 will be spent through B&NES Council’s Policy and Partnership’s Department to support the hard work carried out by residents at Queensgate in Writhlington (pictured).

Local Lib Dem campaigner Gabby Durham added:

The residents in Queensgate also won an outstanding standard award in the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood ‘ category in the South West In Bloom competition. This was for the work they did at their own expense to create a clean, maintained and planted up community where they live.

This funding will allow the residents to continue in their efforts to maintain a bright, clean and colourful community.”

For the last two years B&NES Councillors have been allocated funding to spend in their wards. Cllr Simon Allen was earmarked £4,000 for 2010/11 to spend in Radstock.