Opposition calls for a halt to £200k consultant spend


Opposition Lib Dem councillors have hit out at Labour proposals to spend £200,000 on consultants.

At Thursday’s Full Council meeting they will call for a feasibility study into a new swimming pool and ice arena to be scrapped.

Labour councillors are proposing that the study go ahead despite there being no funding in place for the construction of a swimming pool and ice arena.

The latest study follows on the back of £500,000 spent on consultants for the riverside berth that was part of the failed bid for HMS Illustrious.

Councillor Claire Thomas said: “It’s not right that Labour councillors are making massive cuts to frontline services while at the same time planning to hand consultants £200,000.

“Documents tabled at the budget meeting of council show there is no funding in place to build a swimming pool and ice arena. It is therefore unlikely to happen.

 “We are also concerned that the construction of a new swimming pool and ice arena will inevitably lead to the closure of community leisure facilities such as Beverley Road Baths and Albert Avenue Baths.

“We would like to see the £200,000 invested into existing facilities and frontline services. We certainly don’t want to see more tax payers money go straight into the bank account of consultants.”


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