Matlock in Bloom and town council part ways

Matlock In Bloom have decided to end their tie with the town council amid concerns that the relationship is causing them to “underachieve”.

Wednesday, 17th April 2013, 7:42 am
Flower Power: Matlock In Bloom committee members Cllr Barry Hopkinson and Tottie Holden with their East Midlands in Bloom Silver award for Hall Leys Park.

At a meeting of Matlock Town Council on Tuesday, April 16, volunteers spoke out to say that, unless the council allowed them to break away, they would all resign their posts in May.

A spokesman for the group explained: “We have spent some time making this decision, but we have all been left feeling like we are underachieving.

“Unless the town council let us go our separate ways, all members will stand down.”

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There was no acrimony on behalf of the council, however, and many members expressed their disappointment at the relationship ending.

Cllr Sue Burfoot said: “This is hopefully going to be a positive move. The fact is, Matlock In Bloom feel like they’ve been held back and want to progress the group’s aim.”

Cllr Geoff Stevens added: “It’s a little sad to be parting ways, but it will hopefully be a positive thing.”

Members were unanimous in their decision to allow the group to break away.