Queen’s £32,000 tribute of corgis and giant council party infuriates taxpayers

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THE QUEEN’S 70th year on the throne was celebrated by a council in Norfolk with a tribute to her majesty costing the taxpayer £32,000, it has been reported.

The wicker corgi statues cost the council around £3,000 each or £20,000 in total which residents in the area have called a “disgraceful” use of “taxpayers money”.

The corgi statues have been labelled “overpriced” by residents though the council hopes to make some of the money back by selling the corgis.

The statues are currently located in different places around the Norfolk Broads.

The Queen

A tribute to the Queen has left a sour taste in taxpayers mouths (Image: Getty)

Corgi statue

The Council chose corgis to commemorate the Queen’s favourite pet (Image: Broadland District Council/Facebook)

Their price was revealed by Liberal Democrat councillor Caroline Karimi-Ghovanlou during a meeting last week after she asked how much they cost.

The question was answered by Deputy leader and Conservative Trudy Mancini-Boyle who stated that their design, construction, and location added to a total of £20,631.41.

The Deputy Leader attempted to justify such costs by noting that the council did a good deed by shopping locally rather than in China.

Ms Mancini-Boyle said: “We asked a local artist to design for us rather than go to China to supply some statues for us, which would have been cheaper to do.”

Queen with a corgi

The Queen is famously fond of the breed (Image: Getty)

Corgi Statue

The statues cost around £3,000 each (Image: Broadland District Council/Facebook)

The Deputy Leader suggested that after the corgis removal in September there may be an auction for them as there is “quite a lot of interest” from people to purchase them.

Not only did the council spend such a large amount on corgi statues, but they also threw a party as part of celebrations for the Jubilee.

The party was advertised as a “prestigious party in the park” at Blickling Hall which cost the council £11,635.80.

While Broadland has 125,000 residents, it has been reported that the extravagant party was only attended by 360 of them.

Corgi Statue

The council attempted to justify the purchase as they were bought locally (Image: Broadland District Council/Facebook)

According to Ms Mancini-Boyle, most of the £11,635.80 went on paying for staff and on hiring a screen on which they broadcast Disney’s Encanto.

The Lib Dem council member asked: “Do you think that spending £32,000 [the total cost of party and the corgis] on 360 residents, when we have 125,000 residents in Broadland, is a good use of taxpayers’ money?”

Ms Karimi-Ghovanlou instead suggested giving £200 to each of the parish councils in the region for their own celebrations.

Local residents responded on social media to the revelations of the council’s expenses saying: “They are lovely, but money should have been spent on something more needed such as public toilets.”

Another added: “Disgraceful and for what, you fight sometimes getting your bins collected, but they have money to burn like this.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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