Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee

Agenda Item 67


Subject:                    Petitions referred from Public Engagement Meeting


Date of meeting:    18 January 2022


Report of:                 Executive Director for Governance, People & Resources


Contact Officer:      Name: Mark Wall

                                    Tel: 01273 291006

                                    Email: mark.wall@brighton-hove.gov.uk


Ward(s) affected:   All



1.            Purpose of the report and policy context


1.1         To receive petitions presented at the public engagement meeting held on the 16 December 2021.


2.            Recommendations


2.1         That the committee responds to the petition either by noting it or where it is considered more appropriate, calls for an officer report on the matter.


3.            Context and background information


3.1         To receive the following:




3.2         Bring Back Brighton and Hove in Bloom - www.tinyurl.com/cityinbloom

Lead petitioner, Councillor Theobald


The state of the City in summer seems to have dropped off the priority list for our Council.


The City used to have an annual City in Bloom Competition that boosted civic pride by encouraging plant displays across the City.  The competition was divided into different categories, including residents’ gardens, geographical areas, best streets, best shops and public houses, with an award ceremony at a seafront hotel each year.


City in Bloom was an inexpensive competition, just requiring a bit of coordination and leadership from the council.  The only expenses were producing application forms which were sent out and the awards ceremony itself.  A City in Bloom Committee of horticultural volunteers went around the city judging the displays.  The prizes were sponsored so the council didn’t have to pay for them.


The Council has let this event fold, and our local Horticultural Society is on the verge of extinction due to a lack of support from the Council.  Many of the city's flowerbeds are currently bare and overgrown with weeds.


Enough is enough.  There can be no excuse from the Council for failing to maintain the flowerbeds in the city.


Let's bring back an annual city in bloom event and restore some civic pride in our city!