Council dinner dubbed a ‘disgrace’

A COUNCIL’S spend of almost £9,000 on a civic occasion has been criticised.

The costly tag, spent on the traditional mayor’s banquet at Rotherham’s Aston Hall Hotel, was criticised by campaigner Michael Sylvester, who branded the cash splash as wrong at a time when job cuts are rife. The banquet was attended by 221 guests.

Mr Sylvester said: “When Rotherham Council is slashing services and has cut 200 jobs, it is disgraceful they can find money for a civic dinner.”

A council spokeswoman said: “The event is a long-established non-political civic occasion which aims to foster good relations between the mayor and the community, including both the business and voluntary sector, dignitaries and partner organisations. It served as a launch for the mayor’s fundraising.”