FLOWER power has caused a row between rival councillor - who can't agree what should go on display in Largs this summer.

Council cutbacks mean there will be changes to floral arrangements in the town - but local councillors have got into a ruck at a recent meeting over the type and colour of plants and blooms to be used.

SNP Councillor Alan Hill and Independent councillor Ian Murdoch spoke in favour of more sustainable planting as opposed to colourful bedding plants, which have long been the norm in Sandringham and along the Esplanade.

However Conservative councillor Tom Marshall has told the News that he would be 'blooming annoyed' about ditching the plants, which he believes are popular among locals.

But Councillor Hill has described the plants as 'gaudy' - and called for a revamp.

He said: "They are brash, bright and sometimes weird looking. I don't think they look natural and it would be better to have more sustainable planting."

Cllr Marshall said that he liked the flower beds 'the way they are', but Cllr. Hill argued this is no longer practical.

He hit back: "We need something that is more low maintenance."

Cllr. Marshall says that in Ardrossan and Saltcoats, potato and cabbage patch areas had been introduced and says he would be opposed to this type of them in 'high profile areas' of Largs.

He added: "I think the flower beds along the trunk road and Greenock Road are a real attraction. They are nice for people coming to Largs and look nice alongside the palm trees.

"With the cutbacks the flower beds would be reduced by 50 per cent, but I still think they represent excellent value for money.

"It is a first class display that the local council workers install from June to the first frost in October/November and I think it would be a real shame to lose them."

Cllr Ian Murdoch said the decision must be taken from a financial viewpoint.

He added: "Sustainable planting is a better option than no planting. We don't have the money for short term seasonal plants, I'd rather that we have plants with a much longer lifespan than no plants at all.

"The public need to take on board that the budget is not there - that is the reality of the situation.

"You may need to look at the public 'adopting a plant' campaign in future."

We reported how a number of flower beds in Largs and Millport were filled in by the council last year due to council cuts.