Show to be Scrapped
blame government cutbacks but MP urges reconsideration
popular and longstanding Wandsworth Borough Show is to be
scrapped as the Council focuses on key services. Last year
over 50,000 people attended the event on Putney Common. There
will be no other event of its kind held in the borough and
the decision will end the thirty year history of the summer
show saving the Council £145,000 a year.
MP Tony Colman (pictured right) blasted the decision saying,
"If the Council want to save money they might want to
look at scrapping non-essential extra trimmings such as the
Mayor's Tent, rather than axing the entire event."
has written to the Chief Executive of Wandsworth Council asking
him to reconsider and claims widespread support for the retention
of the show.
Council blamed central government cut backs saying that there
has been a 2% reduction in funding in real terms for the current
financial year which equates to a loss in funding of around
council spokesperson said "Obviously this will have an
impact on our overall spending and it is only right and proper
that our attention remains focused on providing high quality
core services like education, housing and social services."
Council was recently assessed as "excellent" by
the Audit Commission and was one of only eleven councils to
be given maximum marks in these core services. The Government
is telling councils that they must concentrate their efforts
in these key areas.
spokeperson added, " The simple fact of the matter is
that the borough show is growing more and more expensive every
year and no longer provides the same sort of family fun day
out that it did when it began in the 1970s. On top of this
there is no doubt that more of those people who do attend
come from other boroughs and it is unfair to expect council
tax payers in Wandsworth to subsidise activities for esidents
of places like Lambeth Merton and Richmond."
Colman MP informs Putney that the Show is under threat.
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