Help Belper to win Britain in Bloom

A PUBLIC meeting is due to be held tonight, February 22, to discuss how residents could help Belper win the prestigious Britain in Bloom title.

The town council is starting its campaign to bring the award to Belper — and it wants your help with its entry.

A spokeswoman for the council said: “All residents, businesses and community groups are welcome and are invited to help bring gold home for Belper.

“The town needs your support.”

Belper is vying for the title in the Large Town category, but is up against some stern opposition.

Competing with Belper in the section are Dumfries in Scotland, Chichester in Sussex, Coleraine in Northern Ireland, Truro in Cornwall, Welsh town Rhyl, Knaresborough in Yorkshire, Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire, Stone in Staffordshire and St Helier, Jersey.

Britain in Bloom was discussed at a meeting of the town council last week. Councillors debated who should go to the awards ceremony in Guernsey in October.

Cllr Dave Fisher suggested a place should be offered to one of the volunteers that helped with the In Bloom entry.

But that idea was dismissed by the council, with not one councillor supporting it. Cllr Jim Anderson suggested taking a member of council staff who had helped.

The council was unanimous in insisting that Cllr John Nelson should go because he “has been the driving force” behind Belper’s In Bloom campaign.

Cllrs Nelson, Alan Cox and Jackie Cox all said they would be going to the ceremony, but at their own expense.

The public meeting starts at 7pm in St John’s Chapel, The Butts, Belper.