Former consort calls for rethink on new Burntwood Town Council civic chains

A former consort to the chairman of Burntwood Town Council has criticised plans to invest more than £500 in new civic chains.

The Conservative-controlled authority approved plans for the new insignia, despite Labour criticising the move as a “vanity project”.

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

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

Burntwood Town Council leader Richard Mosson insisted opposition to the new chains was “ludicrous”.

But Paul Banevicius, the husband of the council’s former Labour chairman Cllr Sharon Banevicius, said there should be no need for the new £500 chain.

“We both enjoyed the civic visits we made but, like the dozens of consorts before me, I didn’t feel at any point the need to have a civic ​insignia which the Tory administration is now spending taxpayers’ money on,” he said.

“I was never pushed over into the corner with the chauffeurs and was always treated with courtesy and friendliness. In fact, I enjoyed chatting to the chauffeurs too.”

Mr Banevicius said the controlling Conservative group needed to think carefully before splashing out public money.

“It seems to me that control of Burntwood Town Council has gone to the head of the Conservatives and they should really think again,” he added.

“Any money the council has to spend is our money, not theirs.”

Cllr Richard Mosson

Cllr Richard Mosson

The new civic chain will be made by a Lichfield company and Cllr Mosson insisted the acquisition was a necessary one.

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

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

“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.”

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1 Comment

  1. Rob

    2nd February, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    The bell’s going – all back in class.