Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council are set to reject a call by the Conservative-controlled council to bankroll the Torbay Air Show following its £250,000 loss this year.
The three year commitment would see the underwriting of the project to the tune of £211,000. The opposition group on Torbay Council are also concerned that there is no contingency plan in case the event is washed out by bad weather.
Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council Steve Darling said:” The Torbay Air Show was a great weekend and it was good for locals and visitors alike, however gold-plated. We wish the council's finances were in a position to bankroll such events but, sadly, the Conservative government are imposing £19 million in budget cuts on the Council over the next three years. In a year when we have seen £333,000 worth of cuts to the potholes budget and the closure of Connections in Torquay and Brixham and massive cuts to the public health budget, it is difficult to justify what many will see as a vanity project for the Conservative mayor and his mates on the council. “
Cllr Steve Darling went on to say: “Elsewhere on the council agenda on the 21 July there is an opportunity to invest in employment space that will bring all year round jobs to the bay, direct income for the council and increased business rates. We will be seeking assurances about local employment and trai