If proof were needed of how far detached from reality the Labour councillors at Telford & Wrekin Council are, you need look no further than Kuldip Sahota’s comments on the loss-making T-Live concert.
It was such a success that the council will be doing more events next year!
The council said that to break even they needed 3,500 people to go to the concert headlined by McFly on Saturday but only about 3,000 went. At £35 a ticket that means the event could have cost council taxpayers as much as £17,500.
How many struggling families could have been fed for that much money? How many hours of social care could that have paid for?
It would be great to see Telford attracting big bands and other major performers on a regular basis but not when it’s costing council taxpayers money to put the event on. No doubt a lot of hard work went into organising the two weekends of events but it wasn’t a success when it lost so much money. Having a target for the number of tickets to be sold for the concert so you know you’re not losing money is pretty fundamental when organising an event of this size and cost, especially when you’re spending taxpayers’ money at a time of great hardship in the local community.
There is no reason why Telford couldn’t sustain these types of event on a regular basis and the International Centre is certainly well up to the job of hosting concerts by major artists throughout the year but it’s not right that residents of Telford & Wrekin should be subsidising people from inside and outside of the borough to get their entertainment. Any more large events of this nature must be run by a professional promoter who will take on the financial risk associated with it.