Brent Council to spend £20,000 on a sculpture

August 03, 2012 12:55 PM

It is vital that councils look at their own spending before cutting back on services that are of importance to taxpayers. This advice could be no more apt than at Brent Council which has recently placed an advert for an artist to create ‘outdoor sculptural pieces’ for the local Chalkhill Park. The sculpture will cost taxpayers £20,000 as part of the Brent Culture, Sport and Learning Forum.

But this isn’t the first time that taxpayers’ money has been squandered at the Council. Plans to give every councillor an iPad costing £46,000 were recently announced and the Council has continued to spend £100,000 a year on a magazine that loses £1,000 every month. With expensive hotel suppers for councillors and officials, it is clear that Brent Council has got its priorities wrong.

This will be a bitter pill to swallow for local taxpayers. Those who protested against the closure some of its libraries last year should also be concerned about priorities. Councils can't plead poverty when there is plenty of fat left to trim.It is vital that councils look at their own spending before cutting back on services that are of importance to taxpayers. This advice could be no more apt than at Brent Council which has recently placed an advert for an artist to create ‘outdoor sculptural pieces’ for the local Chalkhill Park. The sculpture will cost taxpayers £20,000 as part of the Brent Culture, Sport and Learning Forum.

But this isn’t the first time that taxpayers’ money has been squandered at the Council. Plans to give every councillor an iPad costing £46,000 were recently announced and the Council has continued to spend £100,000 a year on a magazine that loses £1,000 every month. With expensive hotel suppers for councillors and officials, it is clear that Brent Council has got its priorities wrong.

This will be a bitter pill to swallow for local taxpayers. Those who protested against the closure some of its libraries last year should also be concerned about priorities. Councils can't plead poverty when there is plenty of fat left to trim.

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