I really do despair sometimes at some of the decisions and actions at Cornwall Council. We all know the story of the Olympic Torch coordinator and how it made the national and local press. At first it was said this position was for £20k for eight months work, and then I got emailed with the message from Cornwall Council that the true costs was only £13k.
Now, only an hour ago I received another email saying the £13k was indeed true, but if you add in other costs the position will cost the tax payer £17,395. So, this means the original reported figure was not far wrong. This mixed message on pay does not paint the council well.
If this £17k was the only cost I could at a push live with it. I still say this role could be carried out with existing staff, but for arguments sake lets say there is no one. However, when I am given the line of the economic and promotional advantages as the justification of spending more money I get really annoyed.
You see this is such a chance in a life-time the powers-to-be have decided to spend more money on this one day event. The Leader of Cornwall Council is going to stump up a further £75k from his Leader’s contingency fund. Yes this is the very same fund that found £50k to go on the failed Plymouth World Cup bid. Not only this, CDC is going to add another £50k to the pot. So a one day event will cost at least £135k!
excuse reason given is this one day event will generate at least £7m in spending by means of visitors. Again, I have been given details as to how this will be achieved.
- 10,000 additional visitors to Cornwall staying for two nights each spending £275 per day (£5.5m)
- 10,000 additional day visitors from the wider region spending £45 per day (£450k)
- 100,000 Cornish residents spending £20 a day (£2m)