by Morecambe Liberal Democrats on 7 February, 2020
In the face of an angry and disappointed public gallery, the Morecambe Bay Independents (MBIs) voted to cut the festival budget for Morecambe (2020/21) down by over £20,000. Festival organisers and members of the public have voiced their outrage at the cuts.
Owen Lambert, spokesperson for the Morecambe Liberal Democrats said ‘We have seen so much progress with festivals in our seaside town in recent years, from the fantastic Vintage By the Sea to last year’s fabulous Morecambe Pride. The Morecambe Bay Independents seem bent on taking a sledgehammer to our local tourism. Their original budget called for a mere £20,000 which they hurriedly threw another meagre £10,000 at when they realised underfunding would be a catastrophic disaster for Morecambe’s culture and festivals. This is too little and far too late.
The Liberal Democrats on the Morecambe Town Council produced our own budget which would have provided £55,000 to the festivals fund which has been the standard for many years. This was supported by the local Labour group and a few independents. It is clear who really cares about our area.’
The Liberal Democrats will continue to fight on behalf of the people of Morecambe.