Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's the Cost of Banquet That Concerns People

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's the Cost of Banquet That Concerns People

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LABOUR councillor Denise Rooney wrote in her letter that she was proud "that she attended the midsummer banquet at Middlesbrough town hall and "to knock this event is disrespectful to all the people who worked hard to create a town hall for the 21st century."

I read a lot of comments on social media and on The Gazette web page about this, and nowhere did I see anyone knocking the event itself.

What I did see, though, were many many complaints about the cost of it, more than PS36,000 out of the public purse at a time when we are constantly told this council has no money to spare.

Those who worked hard to bring about all the improvements to the building were paid to do it and I saw no complaints about them, so where does this "disrespectful" come in? The only criticism was for those who made the decision to spend so much of our money.

CHARLES SAUNDERS, Middlesbrough ||| THE article by Teresa Higgins 'Hungry for Change' highlighted that children in the poorest wards appear to get under nourished in the school holidays and yet Middlesbrough Council decided to hold a banquet costing PS36,250 of taxpayers' money. Do you think they got their priorities right? Cllrs CHRIS and JOHN HOBSON, Marton ||| I WAS astounded to read The Gazette article "Is it time to open schools kitchens in summer for hungry children?" (27.6.2018) and more so what Cllr Teresa Higgins said at a meeting of Middlesbrough Council's children and young people's learning scrutiny panel on Monday. She said "we're talking about food banks as if they are acceptable as if they are the norm - but it's not the norm. We're one of the richest countries in the world".

It is just a few days ago since The Gazette informed us of the poverty in East Middlesbrough and how this affected children.

Cllr Higgins must be out of touch with reality. Food banks are the norm in Middlesbrough and many people rely on them. …

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