Garden cutting

BUDGET consultation plans to cut a garden assistance scheme have been met with opposition.

The consultation document (outlined on page one) suggests an alternative to the scheme – free for those over 65 who cannot find help elsewhere – as well as the smaller, Mr Diggit project for residents in houses taxed at band E or above but who have particular needs.

The proposal reads: “We are considering introducing charging arrangements to cover the £240,000 cost [over two years] of these schemes and views are invited on what you would consider to be an appropriate charging mechanism”.

Lisa Robertson, of Thornliebank and Giffnock Tenants and Residents Association (the newly named TAG TRA) told The Extra: “It will affect the most vulnerable in our community, and we’re very considered for our older and disabled residents. I understand things need to be cut, but people across East Renfrewshire rely on this essential service, and won’t be able to maintain their gardens without it”.