Floral Decoration in Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter
The Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BID’s) have teamed up with Derby City Council to install more than 40 colourful hanging baskets along the pedestrianised ‘spine’ of the city centre.
The BIDs have contributed £4,500 towards the project which has seen hanging baskets erected along Iron Gate, the Market Place and St Peter’s Street.
Martin Langsdale, chair of Cathedral Quarter Board, which drives forward activities under the area’s BID programme, explained: “We were approached by the Council to see if we would support their plan to re-introduce hanging baskets back into the City.
“Whilst this is not a project that any one partner could fund by themselves, by working together we have been able to help deliver this project.
“One of our objectives in the Cathedral Quarter is to support initiatives which enhance the environment, and hanging baskets are an attractive way of helping to achieve this – bringing colour to the streets and improving the visitor experience.”
Stephen Jeffery is chair of St Peters Quarter which is the core retail area between the Cathedral Quarter and Intu Derby shopping centre.
He said: “We are delighted that we have been able to work with the Council to support this public realm project as the hanging basket poles have remained empty for several years.
“St Peters Street is the main pedestrianised route through St Peters Quarter and the floral displays are a welcome addition to the overall street scene.”
Councillor Martin Rawson, Cabinet Member for Communities and City Centre Regeneration at Derby City Council, concluded: “I am delighted that the Council and BID’s have jointly been able to re-instate hanging baskets in the city centre this year.
“As part of our commitment to a vibrant city centre, they are a simple but effective way of enhancing the city for those who live, work and visit Derby.
“From next year, we will be looking for more businesses to work with us so that we can continue to add floral displays to our streets in the years to come.”