Video: Man's tribute to the flower beds on Cleethorpes seafront which were axed to save money
AN ADMIRER has made a video tribute to the flower beds on Cleethorpes seafront, which have now been ripped up to save money.
Workmen for North East Lincolnshire Council have removed many of the colourful flowers which adorned the Kingsway and helped it win the coveted Britain In Bloom gold award.
The beds will be replaced with gravel, wood mulch, hedges and shrubs to save money by reducing maintenance costs – but it has proved an unpopular move.
The areas have now been covered with weed-proof sheeting. Gravel and wood mulch will be laid this week and low-maintenance grasses and hedges will be planted next week.
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The sight prompted Glyn Fletcher, 58, of Grant Street, Cleethorpes, to make a video about the transformation, set to the song Where Have All The Flowers Gone.
He said: "Many people come to Cleethorpes to admire the flowers, as I do when I walk along the seafront every day with my partner.
"Now they have ripped them all up, it just looks horrible and I can't see us winning any more In Bloom awards.
"I've already had a big response from the video as a lot of people agree."
Readers also contacted the Telegraph after seeing NELC staff working on plants in Lord Street, Grimsby, fearing the area was to lose more plant life.
NELC confirmed that shrubbery has been removed, to be replaced with other shrubs and hedges which are lower-maintenance but similar.
A spokesman said: "With careful planning, we intend to reduce the frequency of maintenance or remove overgrown tired beds. We will replace them with low-growing, low-maintenance shrubs and in some cases return beds to grass."