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'Shy Tories' and their £50,000 support to WCR

(June 16, 2016)

CONSERVATIVE Councillors sitting on Warminster Town Council are usually very keen for the staff to send out press releases giving them publicity.

They also love appearing in 'grip and grin photos' for the press - all very commendable.

But when it was suggested by VFW that a press release be sent out letting everyone know how they are spending £50,000 of your  money on the radio there was a chilly crackle in the air. They didn't want this - saying the press would contact them

Just in case the press overlooked this issue we helpfully issued a press release SEE BELOW

WARMINSTER Town Council has voted to provide Warminster Community Radio with a further £50,000 of funding over the next five years as part of a service agreement.

Station managing director Barry Mole told the council’s finance and assets committee, meeting on Monday evening, that the current agreement which provides the station with £12,601 a year ends next spring.

He asked for ‘just £10,000 a year’ for the next five years.

A proposal moved by councillor George Jolley was supported by the committee’s five Conservatives but not by the two independent councillors Paul Batchelor and Steve Dancey.

Councillor Dancey, said: "When I tell people that we have been giving the station £12,600 a year for the past five years they are all amazed but now, when they hear we intend to extend the deal to 2022, there will be astonishment.

"I am annoyed that the decision taken today will tie the hands of councillors elected next May who may have more pressing priorities and may not wish to see so much money given to a radio station with so few listeners.

"In these times when the town council has lost tens of thousands of pounds of support grant from Wiltshire Council and when we need every penny as we assume responsibility for so many services abandoned by County Hall, to promise so much for so long is foolhardy.

"It is also an example of the same sort of arrogance displayed by these Tory councillors when they opted to push ahead with the civic centre project against the public will."

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