As deadlines close today for bids to broadcast meetings of Wirral Council, the Leader of the Borough’s opposition Conservative Councillors is calling for the £275,000 project to be scrapped.
The contract, which would also see an electronic voting system reintroduced, has been advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union, and is for a leasing period of three years.
Councillor Ian Lewis said: “It seems that publishing their own newspaper is not enough. While the Leader of the Council preaches about austerity, he is quite happy to spend a further £275,000 on a project to broadcast his speeches direct into the homes of Wirral taxpayers.
“Where is the evidence that people in Wirral want this? It’s yet another vanity project from a Council that is more concerned about how it looks, rather than the services it delivers.
“The £275,000 for this broadcasting contract, along with the £270,000 for Wirral View newspaper, is a waste of public money. If anyone thinks that ‘Phil Davies TV’ is going to be a ratings winner, they are more deluded than we thought.”