Councils don't need to go to Mipim

March 10, 2011 5:30 PM

The Telegraph has a very interesting article today about councils who send council officers to Mipim, the annual get-together of the property industry in Cannes.   Andrew Gilligan reports how the registration cost alone is £1,300 per person.  Add to this the flights, hotels, and disbursements... Some councils also organise special events.  Manchester, for example, laid on a private bar for its delegates, “Manchester Dinners” in “The Manchester Apartment”, and the Manchester Stand with a second bar and terrace offering beautiful views of the Croisette.

Some quick research taught me that Westminster Council, where I am a Councillor, does not send planning officers to Mipim.  In fact our Director of Planning, Rosemarie MacQueen, was quoted in last year’s property press as saying that she thought it unnecessary, and a waste of Council resources.  “If I wish to meet a developer, I can do so in my office – over a self-made cup of tea”, she stated. There simply isn’t a need for councils to send staff Mipim.The Telegraph has a very interesting article today about councils who send council officers to Mipim, the annual get-together of the property industry in Cannes.   Andrew Gilligan reports how the registration cost alone is £1,300 per person.  Add to this the flights, hotels, and disbursements... Some councils also organise special events.  Manchester, for example, laid on a private bar for its delegates, “Manchester Dinners” in “The Manchester Apartment”, and the Manchester Stand with a second bar and terrace offering beautiful views of the Croisette.

Some quick research taught me that Westminster Council, where I am a Councillor, does not send planning officers to Mipim.  In fact our Director of Planning, Rosemarie MacQueen, was quoted in last year’s property press as saying that she thought it unnecessary, and a waste of Council resources.  “If I wish to meet a developer, I can do so in my office – over a self-made cup of tea”, she stated. There simply isn’t a need for councils to send staff Mipim.

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