Leader of Burntwood Town Council blasts “ludicrous” opposition to new civic chains

The leader of Burntwood Town Council has defended a decision to buy new civic chains – and branded criticism of the move as “ludicrous”.

Two of the designs being considered for the new Consort's chain

Two of the designs being considered for the new Consort’s chain

A new consort’s chain was approved with an 11-6 majority at a meeting of the authority earlier this week.

The plans had previously been branded “a vanity project” by local Labour councillor Sue Woodward.

But Cllr Richard Mosson, leader of Burntwood Town Council, said the new items were necessary to ensure the area was represented correctly on the civic stage.

“This is a one off purchase which will allow the consort of the chairman to be recognised at civic functions,” he told LichfieldLive.

“The recommendation, which was passed, is a purchase of £530, which was significantly cheaper than the price provided by the jeweller who had previously undertaken work for the council. The chosen company is a local one from Lichfield.

Cllr Richard Mosson

Cllr Richard Mosson

“A council representing almost 30,000 people surely deserves its chairman and consort to appear well presented at civic functions?”

Cllr Woodward’s criticism had come following a review by neighbouring Lichfield District Council which had called for a reduction in the cost of the civic function.

But Cllr Mosson insisted the purchase was not an excessive one.

“Many other local district and parish councils have a badge for their consorts, including our nearest and dearest neighbours at Lichfield City Council,” he said.

“The consort’s badge will be in service for many, many years, therefore the true cost will be spread over a significant period of time. It will always retain value and should be recognised as an asset and not a wasted purchase.

“The Labour group in Burntwood are out of touch and out of date as far as I’m concerned – this ridiculous statement regarding the consort’s badge clearly proves this.”

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2 Comments

  1. FiveSpiresLive

    29th January, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    What a waste of money, Cllr Mosson could have bought another couple of decent garden sheds for that price.

  2. Sue woodward

    30th January, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Out of touch? Cllr Mosson has clearly not asked our electors. Even those right-wingers regularly commenting on LL agree with the Labour councillors on this issue.

    Out of date? This decision harks back to the 1960s and 70s rather than the 21st century. We’ve had Chairman’s Consorts ever since the Town Council was formed way back then, at least 30+ of them, and not one of them has ever felt the need for any insignia.

    Lichfield City Council can make its own decisions; Burntwood is not Lichfield, it’s not a city and doesn’t have to follow their lead. They have ermine, tricorn hats, maces, the whole paraphernalia. Will that be the next move?!