‘Rip out your planters’, Caistor in Bloom told
by Stewart Wall.
Caistor in Bloom members say they are furious at an order by Lincolnshire County Council Highways Department to remove their planters from around Caistor Market Place.
The order was apparently made to address the slippery surfaces in the centre of Caistor – dubbed as “an ice skating rink without the fun” – after a resident fell in October and required hospital treatment.
Algae on the distinctive paving slabs, and steep inclines in parts of Caistor Town Centre, are said to be aggravating factors leading to the slippery surfaces.
Leading Caistor in Bloom member Michael Galligan, who is also a Caistor Town Councillor, said he only heard of the demand to remove the planters earlier this week and said it was claimed “there might be some connection between the planters and the algae problem.”
Describing the association between the algae and the planters as “perverse and illogical”, Mr Galligan met Citizen photographer Stewart Wall earlier today (Friday, December 22, 2017) to point out a couple of areas where there are no planters, but where problems with algae are evident.
The Caistor in Bloom flower planters are used each year as part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s long established drive to improve the appearance of towns throughout the UK.
The RHS describe the “In Bloom” concept on their website as involving “more than 3,000 cities, towns, villages and urban groups who take part each year to show off their achievements in environmental responsibility, community participation and, of course, horticultural achievement. The campaign runs all-year round and participating groups report a wide range of benefits such as cleaner, greener and safer surroundings, a growing sense of community pride, and increased commercial enterprise and tourism.”
Mr Galligan said that as a town councillor, he had made repeated requests for the county council jet wash team to clean the pathways of the town. While it has been agreed that the jet washing will take place, it is not known when that would be, said Mr Galligan.
The Caistor Citizen only had to walk a few hundred yards with Mr Galligan this morning to see that the slippery pavement surfaces have become a major issue for the town.
Lincolnshire County Council was contacted today for a comment, but an officer has advised that a response will be made after the Christmas break.