A further reduction in services is proposed by Lewes District Council, a local councillor has warned, with the suggestion that Lewes Town Council picks up the bill.
On January 23 in response to a query he had raised, Lewes Town Councillor Stephen Catlin received an assurance that the town’s Cliffe Precinct and Cliffe Bridge would be decorated with flower baskets as usual, starting in May.
The district council has now stated that these will be discontinued, and will not appear this year, unless they are paid for by a third party.
The re-charge for the service amounts to £3,100 although the district will provide the baskets free of charge.
Cllr Catlin said: “It just goes to show you cannot believe a word the district council says. The town council has been asked to pay, and although no decision has yet been taken, it is another example of a town council being asked to pick up the pieces left behind by an uncaring higher authority.”
Elsewhere, Cllr Catlin said that the ‘Special Expenses’ charges may be up to £100,000 less in aggregate than originally announced, because of a possible change in contractor, although no mention has been made of any penalty clauses invoked by the present grounds maintenance contractor for early termination of the contract.