The council was happy with the planting work carried out around Wells by Craig Holmes, a self-employed landscape gardener from Shepton Mallet, which included looking after the Glastonbury Road roundabout.
But it has now been informed by W.S. Atkins, a private company which supervises all highways work for Somerset CC, that Mr Holmes
has not the necessary qualifications according to regulations issued under the Street Works Act 1991.
Under the same regulations, Rod Hudsmith, a retired Wells man, was told by Mendip DC earlier this year that he would be committing a criminal offence if he continued to tidy up overgrown and litter-strewn roadside verges in the city.
The council is frustrated by this hold-up to its plans for floral displays throughout the city for millennium year. It may now have to give the contract to a French firm, SITA, which already plants flowerbeds in the city for the local authority.