Essex taxpayers forked out £50,000 for cyclist sculpture

September 05, 2012 11:08 AM

In a summer when Britain hosted a Olympics and Paralympics we have already written about many of the associated ridiculous, costly projects that taxpayers have been forced to fund, all under the banner of the ‘Cultural Olympiad’. First it was the helicopter opera, then Nowhereisland but there are lots of other local taxpayer-funded projects too.

This week a supporter informed us of a £50,000 sculpture of a cyclist that was built in their local area to mark the hosting of an Olympic event. Residents of Hadleigh in Essex have complained that the sculpture is a “waste of money” and is “not pretty” but more importantly they are concerned that such a large sum of money has been spent when there are better ways to help the local community.

Taxpayers in Hadleigh are right to be annoyed at the costs of this sculpture and it’s disappointing that alternative means of funding it weren’t explored if the residents even wanted it in the first place. If local residents and businesses were keen on establishing a legacy for the games in their area then private sponsorship should have been considered.In a summer when Britain hosted a Olympics and Paralympics we have already written about many of the associated ridiculous, costly projects that taxpayers have been forced to fund, all under the banner of the ‘Cultural Olympiad’. First it was the helicopter opera, then Nowhereisland but there are lots of other local taxpayer-funded projects too.

This week a supporter informed us of a £50,000 sculpture of a cyclist that was built in their local area to mark the hosting of an Olympic event. Residents of Hadleigh in Essex have complained that the sculpture is a “waste of money” and is “not pretty” but more importantly they are concerned that such a large sum of money has been spent when there are better ways to help the local community.

Taxpayers in Hadleigh are right to be annoyed at the costs of this sculpture and it’s disappointing that alternative means of funding it weren’t explored if the residents even wanted it in the first place. If local residents and businesses were keen on establishing a legacy for the games in their area then private sponsorship should have been considered.

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