Breightmet people transform overgrown fields
7:00am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
PEOPLE in Breightmet have made the most of government cuts which has meant overgrownland cannot be mown.
Breightmet Labour councillors Lynda Byrne, husband Cllr John Byrne and Cllr Kate Lewis agreed to sow seeds of wildflowers in grassed areas.
Cllr Lynda Byrne said: “It’s been fantastic the way everyone’s pulled together.
“The residents have been really co-operative and have told us how nice the area is looking already.
“There have been massive improvements and we’ve certainly made Breightmet a lot more colourful.”
Cllr Byrne, while keen to praise the community’s contribution, criticised the government’s cuts to services.
Bolton Council’s landscaping services have suffered major cuts in recent years due to government funding reductions, with teams of volunteers being formed to carry out grass cutting at Ridgmont Cemetery in Horwich, and Blackrod Cemetery.
A fresh round of cuts are also in the pipeline, with Animal World at Moss Bank Park poised to be the most high profile casualty — with dozens of posts and a range of services also in the firing line.
Reductions in street cleaning, grass cutting and graffiti removal and the scrapping of the council’s park ranger service are also being considered in an effort to save £1.3 million over the next two years.
Cllr Byrne said: “It’s just terrible. A lot of people are going to be affected by these cuts, and eventually we have to ask ‘where will we go?’.
“It is very concerning, and I’m just worried about what we’ll have to cut next.”
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