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‘History repeating itself’ in bloom cut
HISTORY appears to be repeating itself with York’s entry to Britain in Bloom (The Press, August 28). In 1999, the Labour-led council pulled out from the competition and York’s entry was not revived until 2007 with a change in council administration. I am saddened that York has once again pulled out and is not competing for the ultimate accolade.
Coun Sonja Crisp’s comments that “the city could enter in future years” clearly ignores the fact that you have to keep the momentum going and build your reputation in the regional heats and is at odds with the comments made by Coun James Alexander last year when he said that entry would “boost York’s reputation”.
However, more importantly it insults the many voluntary, residents groups and parish councils who work tirelessly throughout the year to ensure their neighbourhoods do well in the local heats of Yorkshire In Bloom and thus contribute to York’s success.
Coun Crisp blames budget cuts for this. Perhaps the blame lies closer to home. Despite being asked to be a member of the York In Bloom Committee for the past two years I have not been notified of any meetings and perhaps I am not alone.
Mrs S Galloway, Stirrup Close, York.
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