Devon

Torbay mayor defends conference subsidy

  • 8 February 2013
  • From the section Devon
Torbay
Mayor Gordon Oliver said Torbay must support the tourist industry

Torbay's mayor, Gordon Oliver, has defended the continued subsidy of a conference centre in Torquay, despite £10m of cuts to services.

The Riviera Conference Centre is getting £645,000 from council tax payers in Torbay this year.

It is not included in the £10m of cuts proposed by Gordon Oliver which Torbay Council will debate on 13 February.

Proposed cuts at the Conservative-controlled council include services for children, the elderly and beaches.

Mr Oliver said the council must support the tourism industry and the centre included a public swimming pool.

He said the board of the Riviera Centre had reduced running costs by £350,000 in the last nine months and was on target to make another £50,000 of savings.

Conservative Mr Oliver said: "We have a £126m budget, we have jobs here, we have a tourist industry that needs dramatic support wherever it can.

"This is part of the tourism industry and it includes a swimming pool which is part of the facilities that any town in the country provides."

Council tax will be frozen for the third year running.

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