A COUNCIL has been slammed after spending £174,000 to plant SIX timber in its city centre.
Blackpool Council have raised eyebrows after forking out on the timber – with the huge expense additionally going in the direction of constructing an underground system to maintain them alive.
Blackpool Council has been slammed for spending over £170k on planting six timber in Edward Road, BlackpoolCredit score: Google Maps
The council’s mammoth tree planting price has been slammed on-line as tone deaf within the present cost-of-living disaster, with one individual tweeting: “The council should assume cash grows on timber.”
One other commented: “What a waste of public cash at the moment.”
“Think about Blackpool Council spent £174,000 to plant 6 timber. Simply let that accept a second” requested one other.
Conservative Councillor Gerard Walsh, who put in a Freedom of Info (FOI) request to disclose the surprising determine, joined locals in questioning if it was “worth for cash”.
“With the price of residing disaster, I ask is that worth for cash for the Labour group?” requested Mr Walsh at a council assembly.
Blackpool Council’s newest splurge comes three years after it spent £100,000 on 10 timber.
The council defended the transfer, saying the cash has come from a £7 million government-funded ‘High quality Corridors’ mission to improve city centres.
Councillor Lynn Williams, the Labour chief of Blackpool Council, responded to the spending by saying the cash would go to different cities if Blackpool didn’t apply for it.
“We’re going to keep it up making use of for grant funding for the city centre and we’re going to have a inexperienced city centre” argued the council chief.
Mr Walsh’s FOI request discovered that whereas £4,400 was spent on planting the timber, the remainder of the £170k expense went into creating an extravagant underground system to make sure the timber survive.
The FOI response defended this as mandatory, as conventional strategies of digging out a pit and filling with soil have “nearly all the time resulted in failures of the timber.
“A tree actually requires a full grass verge with deep prime soil to offer house and medium for roots to develop and for them to search out moisture in dry circumstances to permit the tree to outlive.
“That is significantly true within the windy circumstances that Blackpool usually experiences” it added.
The Solar has reached out to Blackpool Council for remark.