Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Councillors get the red carpet treatment... and you're paying!

You just couldn't make this up if you tried.

It seems the Tory councillors on Brighton and Hove Council are going to be getting the red carpet treatment at Thursday's meeting of the council at Brighton Town Hall.

And the local council taxpayer is (yet again) going to be picking up the bill.

In response to a load of fuss whenever most Tories are expected to leave their Hove homeland and head east, (you should see the email traffic, honestly), they are going to be net by a parking attendant and showed to their reserved parking spaces in the centre of Brighton.

Really. Here's the email sent to all councillors this afternoon:

Dear Councillor,

I have arranged for a number of spaces to be held for Councillors on Thursday and the Parking Team have agreed to have a member of staff at the entrance between 3pm and 4pm to assist Members wishing to park, (they will encourage members of the public who might be queuing to move on if the Car Park Full sign is on), so that you can gain entry.

Please can you ensure you have your security pass with you so that the member of staff is aware that you are a councillor.

I hope that these arrangements will assist you on the day.


Now I know some councillors have large families, care needs or restricted mobility - and it's important that anyone who really need to use their cars to get to central Brighton should be able to do so.

But I can't for the life of me see why most of them can't just get the bus like everyone else.

At the very least, there can be no excuse for tax-payer funded special treatment at the car park.

What hope have we got for a fairer, Greener Brighton with leadership like this?

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