And why did we buy this?
The other day, I as a Member of Cornwall Council received a press release before its sent out to the various news agencies. It was about the Tate Museum in St. Ives, and how Cornwall Council had brought a piece of land from a Housing Authority.
It was claimed that this was a great idea as the Tate contributes to the Cornish Economy some £15 million. I was a little surprised to find out that this strip of land cost in the region of £1.5 million. I as a regular Member of the Council (non-Cabinet) was not consulted over the merits of spending this amount of money in the present climate. In fact, I don’t even remember it being discussed at any recent Cabinet meeting (I could have missed the item).
The question I keep asking myself is why as a Member of Cornwall Council have no say, nor input on how large amounts of money are spent. Sure this money might be a great investment, but decision like this should have at least been discussed by the full Council. Are just 10 Members making all the decision for some 540,000 people?
Is this an essential purchase for Cornwall Council to make considering all the cuts being handed down by central Govt? Would this £1.5 million be better invested else where? I can think of a few certain roads that could do with this money. I mean if the roads are bad, then how will people be able to travel to this and other museums? You do have to wonder sometimes.