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SLASHING OUR FESTIVAL BUDGET – The Morecambe Bay Independents are failing Morecambe

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.


3 Responses

  1. David Brayshaw says:

    Well said Owen, Jim Pilling spoke very well last night and his budget was well thought out and well presented. I hope that you soon get elected to City or Town Council, I respected your views.

  2. Trina Lawrie says:

    Surely the misappropriation of £100,000 to the ambiguous ‘ward project fund’ warrants a complaint to the local government ombudsman?

  3. Gary Butler says:

    This is the first time I’ve attended a Town Council Meeting, to say it was a complete farce, is an understatement. While a handful of Councillors spoke very well and obviously had the interests of our town at heart. We then had the rest of them, what an utter disgrace, if I hadn’t had been there myself I wouldn’t have believed it, I really feel for the Town Clerk and his Assistant who in the face off pure unprofessionalisum handled themselves professionally, they need to walk away with their integrity in tact while they can.
    Either we get rid of MTC or we get genuine people in with our fantastic town at their heart. Good Luck Owen in your future wherever your political interests take you.

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