Yesterdays Fenland Citizen had a wraparound advertising Fenland District Councils four leisure centres. This would have cost about £6,000 and is a complete waste of everybody’s council tax. Indeed, the fees collected from leisure centre users doesn’t even cover the running costs. This year council tax payers will be forced to cough up an additional £602,000. Imagine that, everybody’s council tax could be cut by 8% if only the council didn’t subsidise the four white elephants. But wait, every few years the council likes to refurbish the facilities, next year the council are going to spend a whopping £900,000.
There are plenty of commercial gyms in the Fenland area, the council does not have to compete with them.
When will the councillors and voters see sense, it is hardly an essential service unlike bin collections, is it.
Another story that caught my eye was a report about smugly self satisfied Rosie Stevenson of Leverington who is planning to take a gap year before going to uni. She is asking for £6,200 to go to Honduras. My problem with this is that she is merely virtue signalling about enjoying a jolly gap year, it is not really about helping Hondurans. After all £6,200 is more than enough to fully fund a proper qualified Honduran teacher for a year but then Rosie wouldn’t be able to get her picture in the paper and the charity that plan these trips wouldn’t be able to pay their staff.
Indeed, Rosie is quoted as saying after uni she wants to be “delivering humanitarian aid and campaigning for the right to education for all”. IOW she wants to use the power and force of the state to spend other peoples money. What a silly little virtue signalling airhead she is.