Council says its funds are limited

STEYNING in Bloom has requested a special £5,000 grant to boost floral displays in the town next year.

The group has asked for the sum from Steyning Parish Council, on top of its annual £600 grant, because it is will be the 400th anniversary of Steyning Grammar School.

The council has said it will look at the request when it starts the budget process in October, but warns there are not enough funds to provide the whole amount.

Members of the finance and community committee reacted with surprise at their meeting last week at the amount requested.

Phil Bowell said: “We need to seriously review our budget. We have very little anywhere.

“I would like to see us supporting groups in Steyning rather than national organisations that are much more able to stand on their own.

“That should be our first response, but that is a massive jump and beyond our capability at the moment.

“The reality is all we can do is look at our budget and see what support we can give.”

Committee chairman Tim Lloyd said the council had limited funds but it would look at what amount could be given later in the year.

Roger Toms suggested the group seek sponsorship from a large company and David Barling suggested a grant application be made to the Chanctonbury County Local Committee.