A ROW about flowers throughout the borough is far from cut and dried according to two councillors.
Labour leader Jean Battle blasted the ruling Conservative group for changing the way hanging baskets are funded and claimed each basket will now cost a whopping £100.
Hyndburn's nine area councils have been told to pay for the baskets, whereas funding used to come from a general council pot.
Councillor Battle said: "The council is strapped for cash. They decided to have the baskets, but because of pressure from certain areas they are saying area councils can fund them.
"They stopped it with one hand and told us to pay for it with another. I like hanging baskets but I think the money could be spent better elsewhere."
Ian Wilkinson, chairman of Friends of Memorial Park in Great Harwood, said he was dismayed there were currently no hanging baskets in the town.
He said: "I am amazed that in this year of the Charter Fair someone has taken this unpopular decision. Of all the years not to have the baskets, it seems as though this is the wrong one.
"If there were no hanging baskets full stop then there wouldn't be a problem but Accrington is meant to have more than 100. It's an equality thing more than anything else."
But council leader Peter Britcliffe said Great Harwood's hanging baskets were intentionally delayed so they would be "at their best" for the Charter Fair in August.
He said: "Area councils were allowed extra money this year and one of the things they could use the money for was hanging baskets. It's up to the area councils to decide what they do.
"I don't know about the baskets costing £100 each, that sounds much higher than I thought. I'm not entirely sure but I thought it was about £20 plus maintenance. They are quite labour-intensive."