The message below from Wirral Council's Chief Executive was one of the first I received as a newly elected councillor. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised given the recent catalogue of spending scandals that have hit the headlines.
So, how much is this costing? How on earth can it be justified in the face of brutal cuts to public services? Even if someone else was paying surely the thought of councillors enjoying a jolly cup of tea at the Royal Liverpool is enough to drive their austerity afflicted residents to despair.
Hard to avoid a horrible golfing pun but this really does seem par for the course at Wirral Council.
I am writing to invite you to a special reception for Wirral Councillors at The Open Championship on Wednesday 16th July.
As well as enjoying the final practice day’s play, the reception will provide an opportunity to inspect the Council’s corporate hospitality area over afternoon tea.
As there will be parking and security restrictions in and around the course, a park-and-ride facility will be provided.
In accordance with the traditions of the course, the dress code is smart-casual (no jeans or trainers please).