Celebrating Mill Close in full bloom

The residents of Mill Close, Newtown, have been congratulated by their local AM and County Councillor after recently taking responsibility for maintaining the communal flower beds in the Close.


Following Powys County Council’s decision to stop providing this service, the council provided residents with a nominal amount to purchase bulbs and tools to maintain the flower beds themselves.


On Friday (7th July), residents were visited by the Assembly Member for Montgomeryshire, Russell George AM, and Cllr. Dan Rowlands, County Councillor for Newtown North, who were impressed with residents’ efforts to transform the flower beds.


During the visit, Russell George said:


“The residents have done a fantastic job!


“The flower beds are in full bloom at the moment and I think residents should be recognised for their proactive efforts to maintain the flower beds after Powys County Council withdrew the service.


“It is a great improvement on the weeds which had overtaken the beds over the past two years since the council ceased maintaining them.


“I hope that residents’ efforts are recognised at the Powys County Council competition which will be judged in August.”


Cllr Dan Rowlands added:


“I would like to congratulate the residents of Mill Close on such a wonderful display and I hope that this will encourage other communities to seize the initiative and take similar steps to improve the appearance of their local communities.


“As the County Council focusses its efforts on statutory services, Town & Community Councils and community groups of residents are being called upon more and more to provide these kinds of services which make a big difference to the way in which our communities look and feel. Congratulations Mill Close!


Resident Helen Nuttycombe said:


"I'm very proud of what we have achieved, we have roses and other bedding plants. Before we did this the area was overgrown with weeds and litter."