Changes to civic car are approved by Lichfield District Council

Plans to downgrade the civic car have been approved by Lichfield District Council.

A Ford Mondeo like the one Lichfield District Council will use for its civic leaders

A Ford Mondeo like the one Lichfield District Council will use for its civic leaders

The current Jaguar will be replaced by a Ford Mondeo as part of moves to cut more than £7,000 from the civic budget – but the vehicle will continue to be chauffeur-driven.

Other changes will see a reduction in the allowance for the chairman and vice-chairman, who will also attend less events.

Cllr Mike Wilcox, leader of Lichfield District Council, said the changes showed the local authority was willing to modernise.

Cllr Mike Wilcox

Cllr Mike Wilcox

“I am delighted by the proposals that have come forward from the task group looking at the civic budget,” he said.

“Security is paramount when considering the vehicle needed. When other options were looked at it was felt that they would compromise this.

“Also, had we decided that the chairman and vice-chairman should use their own car we would potentially be discriminating against those members who were unable to do so.

“These proposals show that there has been a realisation that we had to modernise.”

A task group set up to carry out a review will now meet again in 12 months to decide if further changes to the civic function are needed.

Cllr Sue Woodward, leader of the Labour opposition group on Lichfield District Council, said: “The car has been the most contentious element and I’m pleased that it will continue to be reviewed.

“This is a move forward, but it is not the end of the journey.”

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4 Comments

  1. Frustrated

    20th April, 2016 at 7:52 am

    This seems to have been going on, for months. It would be interesting to know, how much time, effort and money has been put into this decision.

    Has the council, actually spent £30k in costs, to save £7k?

  2. Walker

    23rd April, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Hold on one bloody minute councillor Wilcox. This favour you’re doing us is a pittance in the grand scheme of things. There are far more cost effective ways of travelling even if you still need a glorified footman. This security you talk of; can we get the figures on the number of foiled attempts to bring down Lichfield’s civic leaders that have been carried out by a part time, sixty something driver? If an expensive chain is really making them a potential target may I suggest the innovative idea of not having the chain? Do we really need it? Getting rid means less insurance costs and therefore less security needed and potentially the ability to consider an even wider range of transport options.

    Of course not, as that would mean putting the public first instead of the gravy train of old boys and girls queuing up for a year of free meals and fancy day trips. It is noticeable that a number of the chain gang have held multiple similar positions across the various councils. Who said there was no such thing as a free meal, eh?

  3. Concerned Citizen

    25th April, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    How is downgrading a car and reducing the civic allowance ‘modernising’ ?? Councillor Wilcox must live in a parallel universe. The reduction in expenses is marginal and a drop in the ocean. Will this Council ever be radical and listen to the electorate and implement actions which are wanted by the citizens of LDC area? The sooner the Tories are out, the better.

  4. Rob

    25th April, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    “listen to the electorate”
    I thought the electorate spoke less than a year ago, maybe you didn’t like what they said?

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