I'd like a wider view on The Open

Rory McIlroy with The Open trophy. Picture: Paul Heaps

Rory McIlroy with The Open trophy. Picture: Paul Heaps

First published in Letters

I WOULD like to know why the Wirral Globe spent its time praising the success of The Open 2014 instead of asking difficult questions, as any true journalist would, of Wirral Council about the costs of hosting this event.

The council has spent public funds painting new road markings, arranging street cleaning and litter collections, and requisitioning public playing fields to turn into car parks.

Do we know how much this has cost, and how expenditure balances against income from the event?

Will residents and local communities see any benefits?

Will we have to wait another eight years before the streets are cleaned?

Did we get value for money?

How does all of this match up against stories like this – Wirral Council cuts 500 jobs.

If the Globe considers itself a real newspaper, it should be asking these questions.

Dr Stephen Tapril, West Kirby.

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12:52pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Growl Tiger says...

I absolutely agree. For example is it true the Council spent £17,320 of our money on tickets alone for councillors and senior officers?
I absolutely agree. For example is it true the Council spent £17,320 of our money on tickets alone for councillors and senior officers? Growl Tiger
  • Score: 7

9:15pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Westerly9 says...

They are too busy worrying about what David Cameron thinks to be campaigning journalists.
They are too busy worrying about what David Cameron thinks to be campaigning journalists. Westerly9
  • Score: 0

9:35am Sat 2 Aug 14

smabo says...

You're right to ask the questions, but you need to ask them in the right context ... the Open Championship is an event organised and managed by the Royal and Ancient club, the council's role - and that of the other emergency and public services, transport etc - was just to help facilitate them to do that safely and without bringing the place to a complete standstill. So many things off the course were still paid for by the organisers themselves, not from the public purse.
You're right to ask the questions, but you need to ask them in the right context ... the Open Championship is an event organised and managed by the Royal and Ancient club, the council's role - and that of the other emergency and public services, transport etc - was just to help facilitate them to do that safely and without bringing the place to a complete standstill. So many things off the course were still paid for by the organisers themselves, not from the public purse. smabo
  • Score: 3

10:08am Sun 3 Aug 14

David Scott says...

The business the Wirral Globe is in is selling advertising - its news coverage and other features are in support of that. That said, its coverage of local events and issues provides an excellent service for the people of Wirral.
The business the Wirral Globe is in is selling advertising - its news coverage and other features are in support of that. That said, its coverage of local events and issues provides an excellent service for the people of Wirral. David Scott
  • Score: -1

10:29am Tue 5 Aug 14

hildebrand says...

Ask the businesses in Hoylake and WK, and all the residents who got £000's from renting their houses out to visitors, I reckon theyd say its worth it
Ask the businesses in Hoylake and WK, and all the residents who got £000's from renting their houses out to visitors, I reckon theyd say its worth it hildebrand
  • Score: 1

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