Council refuses grant request for Bury St Edmunds charity

Frank Warby says council is at risk of becoming a 'cash cow'
Frank Warby says council is at risk of becoming a 'cash cow'
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A Bury St Edmunds charity has been criticised for treating a town council like a regular income source.

Last Wednesday, Bury Town Council refused a request from Bury in Bloom for a further £1,000 grant.

The organisation had already received £6,000 out of the council’s budget for the current financial year and can expect to receive the same out of next year’s budget.

It wanted the money to fund a proposed River of Flowers planting and refurbishment project for the town’s Tollgate roundabout.

Cllr Frank Warby said: “It feels like representatives of Bury in Bloom have a bit of a season ticket to come along to Bury Town Council meetings, with single initiatives coming forward with apparent regularity. We’re in danger of the town council being used like a cash cow.”

Cllr Peter Thompson warned that the council did not have ‘an endless pot of money’ and had to use taxpayers’ money wisely.

“It seems like every year we give them more and more,” agreed Cllr Pat Warby.