Liberal Democrat Councillors have renewed their call for Brent Council to support community festivals after uncovering plans to spend £60,000 of public money on “infrastructure” for an event lasting less than one day in September.
Last year Labour Councillors scrapped grants for community festivals such as Eid, Navratri, Christmas and St Patrick’s Day claiming lack of money. It now turns out that the council will spend tens of thousands of pounds erecting marquees in Gladstone Park for its own “Brent Celebrates a Golden Summer” one day event on Sunday 9 September.
Two years ago the Council spent around £100,000 on a one day Respect Festival attended by only 2,000 people because of bad weather.
The decision to spend large sums of money on tents and stages while destroying community organised Festivals has been criticised by Councillor Paul Lorber, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Brent Council.
Local community organisations were angry when Labour Councillors decided to scrap long-standing support for their community festivals. They will be furious that the Labour Council claimed lack of money to justify cutting St Patricks’s Day, Navratri, Eid, and Christmas celebration but then found £60,000 to bankroll just one Council event.
It just shows how out of touch Labour Councillors are.