If I said that on three occasions Cornwall Council hired a taxi to transport tea and coffee to another building, you might think I was making it up. Sadly, and more shockingly, this really did happen. If this had come to light on April 1st many people would have thought nice try, but I am not falling for that. Also you could imagine Monty Python doing a sketch on this.
The total cost to the tax payer was £10.50, so it will hardly break the bank. But again, it is the principle of it being allowed to happen. The reason it happened was because of a change to the canteen at Carrick House that left no refreshment facilities during this change.
At first the ‘company van’ was used, but this stopped when this van was handed back to the lease company. Instead of a) going without a cup of tea, or b) going without a cup of tea, someone thought of sending it by Taxi. I am still concerned that a van with a driver was used, but I guess I will leave that one go.
I will probably be accused of not being helpful to Cornwall Council from those within, but when we score own goals like this, is it little hardly surprising when the public gets miffed on how their money is spend. I feel if issues like this are highlighted, then maybe, just maybe they will stop.
The West Briton in their printed and online paper have covered this story HERE. I think the illustration of the journey is rather good.
Today, the Daily Telegraph has covered Tea Gate HERE