Following on from Gloucester City Councils budget, one of the Lib Dem/Tory amendments was to spend £10k on a study to see if its possible for the Cathedral to achieve UNESCO status. Given the state of the cutbacks that this Tory/Lib Dem Government is enforcing on Local Authorities, I really don’t understand what achieving this brings to the City. It should be shelved until we can afford it, for example when the food-bank queues have gone down.
In the middle of a cost of living crisis, why would we spend money on what will amount to a nice plaque on the wall. The evidence suggests we would get no extra visitors and therefore no benefit to the local economy, and therefore not benefit to residents. Even Richard Graham MP says its a waste of money (us agreeing doesn’t happen often), so what is the point in spending £10k on a study, to then lead onto a more expensive application process? A quick ring round other Cathedrals would give you the answer. Half a days worth of work and phone calls – £500 tops!
You really have to ask just who are the Lib Dems/Tories trying to help here, they seem to have their eyes on Plaques and awards rather than improving the waste services, reducing cuts to local charities etc. When we have money to spend, then look at it, but not now!