Council says it will support hanging baskets

Suffolk County Council refutes newspaper claims that it has banned baskets in Bury St Edmunds

Following reports in the national press that Suffolk County Council has banned the use of hanging baskets on street lamps in Bury St Edmunds, councillors are now eager to calm concerns from Bury in Bloom organisers. Suffolk County Council’s portfolio holder for sustainable environment, planning and transportation, Julian Swainson, said: “We are very supportive of Bury in Bloom and are happy to give approval to flower baskets being hung from lighting columns, as long as we are satisfied that the columns are strong and stable enough to take their weight.” The issue arose following the county council’s recent take-over of the district council’s responsibility of street-light maintenance. Swainson added: “We are just concerned with making sure that the flower baskets are safe and we are not looking to stop people hanging them up. Our main concern is for people’s safety. “I am happy to arrange a meeting with our officers to discuss the issue of hanging baskets in the town. I am keen to make sure we do all we can to ensure the flower display in Bury is as good as ever.”

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