BRIDLINGTON Town Council could spend around £17,000 on a large outdoor television to screen next summer’s Olympic Games.
But the idea has been slammed by the town’s Mayor, Coun Cyril Marsburg, who said he was “vehemently opposed to spending such a large amount of public money”.
At a meeting of Bridlington Town Council’s Finance and General Purpose Committee, councillors voted to do research to investigate whether hiring a large screen for King Street - which would be in place for ten weeks for the duration of the games - would be feasible.
East Riding of Yorkshire Councillor Shelagh Finlay told the Free Press that at the moment, the Town Council would be simply performing a “feasability study” to see if the proposal could work.
She said: “The idea was mooted and we will of course look at how much it might cost, and speak to local businesses, the Bridlington Tourism Association and residents to see what they think. It could could be a big boost for Bridlington.”
But Mayor Coun Marsburg has dismissed the idea as a “waste of money”.
“We as the council are the custodians of the public purse, and as elected members of the council we are expected to be prudent with money,” said Coun Marsburg.
“The general public entrust us with the money and we should use it wisely.”
Mayor Coun Marsburg points to problems in Hull as proof that a big screen would be a bad idea.
“I have spoken to various businesses in the area and they don’t think it would increase trade, and that it will encourage the wrong type of ‘beer in hand’ visitors to the town centre - it will be a target for vandals and people getting drunk.
“The best place for people to watch the games is in their lounge.”