Are enough community events planned?
'Wine and Canápes'
By Paul Coslett
Labour group leader Cllr Joe Anderson has branded Capital of Culture too much ‘wine and canapés’ on his resignation from Liverpool Culture Company board.
‘Token efforts’ to involve the community, and ‘wine and canapés’ for VIP’s, were cited by opposition Labour group Cllr Joe Anderson as some of his reasons for resigning from the board of Liverpool Culture Company.
In his resignation letter Cllr Anderson says he is concerned by the lack of community involvement, "Sadly, I now feel that 2008 is very little about the people of Liverpool and community involvement and I am increasingly alarmed at the vast sums of money that have been spent and that are still required, with very little to show for it so far."
Cllr Anderson also questions the spending of the Culture Company, "I believe it is elitist and far too much prominence is given to organising elitist events. I know that too much taxpayer’s money has been wasted so far on a bloated and obscene corporate entertainment budget in which the same city faces are treated to VIP reception after VIP reception, ostensibly in the name of promoting the Capital of Culture."
Referring to the legacy of 2008 Cllr Anderson says he isn’t convinced that the year will contribute anything to Liverpool’s regeneration, "I am concerned that after a total spend of £94 million the legacy will not be a lasting cultural legacy or improvement in the cultural industry of our City. The legacy will be one of debt and quite frankly one of missed opportunity.
"Those that tell you that the Capital of Culture is responsible for the regeneration of our City are misleading the people of Liverpool.
"The renaissance was kick-started with Objective One funding, supported with Government money through agencies like the NWDA, and will be sustained by private sector investment like the Paradise Street scheme."
In response Cllr Warren Bradley, Leader of Liverpool City Council told BBC Radio Merseyside, "Councillor Anderson's attendance at the board meetings has been sporadic.
"When he's been there he's never raised any of the issues that he's raised today."
last updated: 25/06/07
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