PENARTH COUNCIL SPENT £0.00p ON CELEBRATING THE QUEEN’S 90th BIRTHDAY

The Queen delivering this year's Christmas Message - the year in which she attained the age of 90 and became Britain's longest living monarch

The Queen delivering this year’s Christmas Message – the year in which she attained the age of 90 and became Britain’s longest living monarch

According to its latest set of accounts, the Labour-run Penarth Town Council – which had set-aside £1,000 in the current financial year to mark the Queen’s 90th Birthday – has ended up spending no money at all .

Back in March this year, the councillors considered a motion to present commemorative medals to every one of the 2,700 primary school pupils in Penarth to mark the Royal birthday – which Cllr Philip Rapier (Labour St Augustines) said would make the Queen “the longest-lived monarch Britain had ever had”.

The commemorative coin with which Penarth primary schoolchildren were not presented

The commemorative coin with which Penarth primary schoolchildren were not presented

However  some councillors, including Cllr Gwyn Roberts, Cllr Lis Burnett (both Labour St Augustines) and Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward) opposed the motion and it was subsequently defeated in a “hands-up” vote.

Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell) chairman of Penarth planning committee

Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell) chairman of Penarth planning committee

Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell) then proposed a  second motion that a sum of  £1,000 be put aside to “recognise the Queen’s birthday” and that a sub committee be formed to  decide how to allocate the money locally . This motion was passed unanimously except for one absention –  by Cllr Burnett.

However it now appears from Penarth Council’s accounts, that  the council’s special sub-committee which had been tasked to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday,  took matters no further  .

Whilst other communities, ranging from cities like Cardiff to villages like Sully, all held celebratory events on April 21st, nothing happened in Penarth .

Sully and Lavernock Community Council's ready to be lit on April 21st to mark the Queen's 90th birthday

Sully and Lavernock Community Council’s bonfire was ready to be lit on April 21st to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday

[PDN Note: On April 21st Cardiff , Sully, Cowbridge and Llantwit Major   joined 1,000 other communities around Britain to light bonfires to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday…. but there was no such event in Penarth. Penarth’s beacon, which was blown down by the wind in May 2014, has yet to be replaced.]

Although Penarth Town Council had missed the nationally-recognised date of April 21st for the celebration,  the council then declared that  it was planning to mark the Queen’s “official”  birthday in June with concert  at All Saints Church.

All Saint's Church Penarth

All Saint’s Church Penarth

The organisation of this highly-successful event was actually carried out, however, by a three-strong committee of the Penarth Churches charity “Cytûn” –  which was chaired by Mrs Anne Niblett. The church was full to capacity, underscoring the wish of many Penarth residents to mark the sovereign’s 90th birthday.

The event was funded by “collection-plate”  donations made by the congregation . Penarth Town Council made no financial contribution towards it .

…Meanwhile the £1,000 – which the council had set aside for Penarth to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday  – still remains unspent in the accounts.

 

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7 Responses to PENARTH COUNCIL SPENT £0.00p ON CELEBRATING THE QUEEN’S 90th BIRTHDAY

  1. Clive says:

    Put the £1000 towards the restitution of the Beacon, Im sure HM would approve

  2. Peter Church says:

    We could use the money to erect a series of Blue Plaques on pointless money wasting projects inspired by our very own Elizabeth “Queen of Penarth”
    A person who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing!

  3. Chris David says:

    Why are the council busying themselves with spending our money on birthday presents? Especially when it can’t plan a professional town budget.

  4. Lm says:

    Use the £1,000 to employ casuals to clean our filthy streets!

  5. CelticMan says:

    £0.00p too much!

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