Council greenhouse in Derby could close in cuts drive

Flowers in greenhouse
Image caption Plants would be brought in from elsewhere

Derby City Council could cut the number of flowerbeds it stocks and close the greenhouse cultivating its plants and flowers in a bid to make savings.

It wants to save £70,000 a year by grassing over 40% of city flowerbeds.

It is also considering an extra annual saving of £100,000 by closing the Glasshouse in Markeaton which provides hanging baskets and civic decorations.

This would affect four full-time staff who might be redeployed elsewhere in the council, a spokesman said.

Casual staff would also be affected and the council said it was in consultation with the relevant workers.

Cabinet member for neighbourhoods Chris Poulter said: "With not having to produce so many flowers, it makes the production here not viable and we can buy the plants from other sources at a cheaper price."

The proposal to close the Glasshouse will be considered by the Derby City Council's cabinet on 15 February.

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