‘Wealthy’ residents refuse street-party grant after criticism
A council grant of £150 which was given to “one of the wealthiest roads” in a North Wales town to help them “party all day” to mark the Queen’s jubilee will now not be claimed. It follows complaints from critics who said residents should pay for the celebrations themselves.
Residents of Marine Crescent in Deganwy are planning a private street party for the jubilee on June 5, and had applied to Conwy County Council to close the road for the celebrations. Town councillor Vicky Macdonald also successfully applied for a grant of £150 from Conwy Town Council to pay for road closure signs and third-party insurance.
The Local Democracy Reporting Service has been informed that the grant was voted for by members of Conwy Town Council, which is yet to reply to questions. The town council’s recent minutes don’t appear to be available on the website.
Flyers were handed out to residents living on the street, advertising the event and suggesting residents could “party all day”. But not all Deganwy residents were happy with the plans. One angry resident contacted the Local Democracy Reporting Service, criticising residents for accepting the £150 grant and claiming they should pay for the celebrations themselves.
They said: “Marine Crescent is one of the wealthiest roads in Deganwy, consisting of approximately 30 houses. Several properties on the road have sold this year for between £500,000 and £700,000. I object to residents living on a road using council funds so they can ‘party all day’.
“I’m quite comfortable financially, but I know people working every hour God sends to keep their children in food and clothing. I know this is a grant, but personally I would rather give that money to charity. The wealthy residents of Marine Crescent could most certainly pay for the event and its ancillary costs out of their own pockets.”
Cllr MacDonald said: “Quite legally, I applied to Conwy Town Council for the small grant they were offering to local groups for street parties, which was voted for (by the town council), and I got it. I will, however, not be claiming it, and we will pay for the road closure ourselves.”
Conwy Town Council were approached for comment.
By Richard Evans – Local Democracy Reporter
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