A PROPOSAL to switch from wood tubs and planters to recycled plastic wherever possible has been approved by Ponteland Town Council.
But members were divided over the decision to put forward the policy at a meeting, with one senior councillor claiming that it was not a priority issue.
The recommendation was made by the environment working party and a report will now be submitted to its January meeting regarding costs for the replacement of 44 tubs/planters with a particular recycled plastic design.
At the full council meeting, Coun Joyce Butcher said: “I wasn’t at this working party meeting and as I have been chair of the council’s Northumbria in Bloom committee for many years, it would have been courteous to leave it to the next meeting because this isn’t a critical aspect to our work.
“Can I see some samples of this type of design before we decide whether or not to approve the policy?”
In response, environment working party chairman, Coun Robin Ramsay, said: “This point could have been raised before tonight’s meeting because the papers have been sent out days in advance and it’s not fair on the working groups which spend a lot of time and effort going through the issue and then putting together a report.”
When it came to the vote, six were in favour of going ahead with the new policy. As this number included Mayor Peter Cowey, he would have had the casting vote if the other six were against and so it was approved.
At the same meeting, the council agreed to replace a bench seat at the Callerton Lane play area with a recycled picnic bench. A new recycled plastic seat will be installed nearer to the swings.