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MELKSHAM Town Council will take over the responsibility of flowerbed maintenance in the town as Wiltshire Council will no longer provide the service.
Melksham Town Council has confirmed it will continue to maintain the flowerbeds around town.
For a long time Wiltshire Council has maintained flowerbeds in six areas including Melksham, but this was the last summer Wiltshire Council would provide the service and the flowerbeds would return to grass areas unless any group would undertake the upkeep.
Town clerk Stephen Clark said, “Melksham Town Council has indicated to Wiltshire Council that it is minded to take over the maintenance of the flowerbeds within the town and has therefore requested that Wiltshire Council does not grass seed them during the winter.”
Mayor of Melksham, cllr Terri Welch said, “I’m delighted that Melksham Town Council will be taking over the responsibility of the flowerbeds as they are an important feature in the town.”
Philip Whitehead, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for highways, said, “We are offering community groups and town and parish councils the opportunity to take over the maintenance of flowerbeds in their local areas.
“It has been well publicised that we have to make year on year savings, while still doing everything we can to look after the most vulnerable people in Wiltshire. As a result, we are keen to work with communities to help them to do more for themselves.”