TORY plans to spend part of a £2.3m Isle of Wight Council underspend on a series of one-off projects, such as building beach huts and holding a Celebrate the Isle of Wight event, have been approved by the authority.
The plans, put forward by the ruling Conservative group, were voted through at tonight's (Wednesday) full council meeting. They will be funded from the £2.29million saved by the council during the past financial year.
Tories councillors agreed the schemes would benefit the Isle of Wight’s economy and tourism industry, but opposition members argued better use should be made of the cash — particularly following savage cuts to public services like libraries and public toilets.
Council leader Cllr David Pugh said the money could not be used to pay for such services because they would need ongoing funding the council did not have, but it could be used to pay for one-off projects.
The plans were passed by 21 votes in favour, with six against and two abstentions.
See the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, June 22, for more.