Briton Ferry Town Council cut costs with the mayor's annual dinner
BRITON Ferry Town Council is planning to make a saving of £1,000 by replacing the mayor's annual dinner with a buffet.
In an attempt to cut costs town council leader Colin Morgan said in the authority's draft budget changes to the annual event had been recommended.
"I applaud the decision taken by the mayor," he said, speaking at a town council meeting.
"Every year we have a dinner to recognise local organisations who play a part in this town, and we have done it very well over these years.
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"But we are getting to the point where I am seeing the same faces year after year.
"It seems to be an annual picnic — that is my view.
"We do not feel justified to spend £1,500 on a mayoral dinner.
''We can have a small buffet instead of a dinner. I think the public will understand."
Town mayor Sandra Davies said: "I think with the climate now we can't carry on having this dinner. We have to cut things."
Mr Morgan said they had already made cuts at Armistice Day events.
"We talked about what we spend on buffets, and for instance for Armistice Day you may have noticed we have cut back," he said.
Councillor Hugh James said: "We are facing some difficult times and we have got to be practical. We have got to do the best we can."
Deputy mayor Susan Davies said she didn't want the annual mayor's event scrapped altogether.
"It was our way to say thank you to the organisations for helping Briton Ferry," she said. "I would not want to stop it all together."
The draft budget was agreed by councillors. It also included recommendations that the precept for 2013-14 be determined in the sum of £108,896, an increase of five per cent, and that the town clerk should seek quotations to reduce the cost of provisions at the Liberty Hall and report back to the Halls Sub Committee.