Council chair debate continues
8:01am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
THE VALE Council has said it has no plans to spend money on upgrading seats in the public gallery of the main council chamber after it emerged almost £53,000 had been spent on chairs for councillors and officers.
Sixty new chairs at £786 each and ten at £569 were installed as part of a £248,130 revamp of the Civic Office facility in Barry town centre.
The overhaul also included removing veneered plywood from the chamber, which the authority said was mostly un-usable and disposed of as construction waste.
A Vale Council spokeswoman said: “A number of the chairs have been reused to replace damaged chairs in the existing committee rooms as they are the same chairs, 61 chairs are in storage for recycling.
"The wood panelling is veneered plywood. On removal a large proportion was un-useable and was disposed of as construction waste. All construction waste is recycled by the waste management companies where possible.
"There is a charge for removal of construction waste. The panels that were salvageable were recycled at no cost to the council.
“The gallery was upgraded a number of years ago to ensure that it was compliant with legislation. No further works are planned to the gallery.”
The Vale Council last week told the Barry & District News the existing chamber left the Council vulnerable to action under the Disability Strand of the Equalities Act 2010 and was contrary to the Councils own Equality Policy, but critics condemned the expenditure.
The Vale Council had not responded to a request, asking why the chairs cost several hundred pounds each and who authorised the expenditure, at the time of going to press.