In yet another of its utterly bizarre post-pandemic spending priorities, BCP’s Conservative administration announced plans to spend £90,000 of residents’ council taxes on not one but two brand new cars for occasional use by its ceremonial mayors.
Lib Dem Group Leader Vikki Slade urged a rethink and was “absolutely mortified see in the proposal for two new mayoral cars. It’s totally unacceptable to me that we’re looking to buy two new cars when we have a fleet of cars that we could be using.”
The decision was been defended by the cabinet member for environment, who claimed the new vehicles were “needed”. Whilst the cabinet member for Transport revealed the council has a fleet of more than 600 vehicles for various uses burning a combined 1,300,000 litres of fuel a year. Just 13 of those vehicles are electric.
Perhaps from both an environmental and financial aspect, it would be far far wiser to shift more of the Council’s everyday vehicles over to electric - rather than two brand new and unnecessary ceremonial limousines for chauffeuring mayors to the odd function?