Council reveals new 'downsized' Audi for Mayor

Mayor Clr Ted Finnegan

Mayor Clr Ted Finnegan

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THE Mayor of Warrington Clr Ted Finnegan will be hitting the road in a new car from tomorrow.

He has downsized to an Audi A6 after agreeing a new lease car from Warrington Audi to save the council money and reduce fuel use and lower emissions.

And it will be used on its first engagement tomorow, Thursday at the Senior Bowls Association team challenge at Victoria Park.

Clr Finnegan said: “This is a win, win all round for Warrington residents and businesses thanks to the great deal negotiated with Warrington Audi. I would like to thank everyone involved.”

Council leader Clr Terry O’Neill added: “It’s important that our first citizen has a quality car to provide transportation for the many occasions attended over the mayoral year.

"We have downsized the mayor’s car, and are pleased that we could get such a good deal from a Warrington supplier.”

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12:10pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Johnnytwostep says...

get the bus
get the bus Johnnytwostep
  • Score: 25

12:55pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Bewseylad says...

Johnnytwostep wrote:
get the bus
Don't you know that fares are going up!
[quote][p][bold]Johnnytwostep[/bold] wrote: get the bus[/p][/quote]Don't you know that fares are going up! Bewseylad
  • Score: 12

12:59pm Wed 20 Aug 14

mentalis says...

From what - a tank?
From what - a tank? mentalis
  • Score: 11

1:04pm Wed 20 Aug 14

MikeJT says...

An A6 !!!!!!!!!!!
An A6 !!!!!!!!!!! MikeJT
  • Score: 10

1:22pm Wed 20 Aug 14

CHADWICK says...

The A6 is probably cheaper than the bus.
The A6 is probably cheaper than the bus. CHADWICK
  • Score: 15

1:33pm Wed 20 Aug 14

grey_man says...

"It’s important that our first citizen has a quality car"

But apparently it's not important to protect children's services or recycling facilities.

Kick them out at the first opportunity.
"It’s important that our first citizen has a quality car" But apparently it's not important to protect children's services or recycling facilities. Kick them out at the first opportunity. grey_man
  • Score: 24

1:42pm Wed 20 Aug 14

TheCommentatorWrites says...

Use his own car and claim the mileage back at 25p/mile. That's cheaper!
I'd love it if he drove a clapped out rust bucket. Now that's a statement!
Use his own car and claim the mileage back at 25p/mile. That's cheaper! I'd love it if he drove a clapped out rust bucket. Now that's a statement! TheCommentatorWrites
  • Score: 25

3:12pm Wed 20 Aug 14

PageA says...

What's the value of the chain and reg plate?
What's the value of the chain and reg plate? PageA
  • Score: 10

12:22am Thu 21 Aug 14

Paris says...

Let him drive it himself too, that's another money saver by not paying a driver to take him around the corner to new town house for meetings!
Let him drive it himself too, that's another money saver by not paying a driver to take him around the corner to new town house for meetings! Paris
  • Score: 19

10:35am Thu 21 Aug 14

PageA says...

The council are looking to save £300,000 by cutting children's centres. this is going to have a devastating impact on some of the most vulnerable children in our town. They only get one childhood, who knows the future consequences and costs of removing this vital support now. Seriously..how much for the chain and reg plate? If it improves one life, it's worth selling. If we can't afford to look after our kids, we can't afford bling and private reg plates
The council are looking to save £300,000 by cutting children's centres. this is going to have a devastating impact on some of the most vulnerable children in our town. They only get one childhood, who knows the future consequences and costs of removing this vital support now. Seriously..how much for the chain and reg plate? If it improves one life, it's worth selling. If we can't afford to look after our kids, we can't afford bling and private reg plates PageA
  • Score: 18

7:25pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Barbara K says...

I lose a little more faith in this council with every story I read. I wonder if they will give details of this 'great deal negotiated with Warrington Audi' - how were Audi chosen over all the other garages and car manufacturers? What are they paying? Did they compare how great the deal was with other manufacturers? Why not use a British car? Would an A1 have been a greater deal? Whole thing stinks especially in the face of cuts to services. Hope this is all above board and doesn't involve a second car for the Mayors missus ;)
I lose a little more faith in this council with every story I read. I wonder if they will give details of this 'great deal negotiated with Warrington Audi' - how were Audi chosen over all the other garages and car manufacturers? What are they paying? Did they compare how great the deal was with other manufacturers? Why not use a British car? Would an A1 have been a greater deal? Whole thing stinks especially in the face of cuts to services. Hope this is all above board and doesn't involve a second car for the Mayors missus ;) Barbara K
  • Score: 17

7:55pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Karlar says...

PageA wrote:
The council are looking to save £300,000 by cutting children's centres. this is going to have a devastating impact on some of the most vulnerable children in our town. They only get one childhood, who knows the future consequences and costs of removing this vital support now. Seriously..how much for the chain and reg plate? If it improves one life, it's worth selling. If we can't afford to look after our kids, we can't afford bling and private reg plates
This report gives no details, nor does the Council, of the "financial deal" purporting to be a "win win" for WBC. So called leasing arrangements usually mean regular monthly payments for a specified period (normally 3 years) after which the car goes back to the leasing company and all that has been paid is lost. Or the payment of a not insignificant sum at the end of three years to allow you to keep he car. Either way WBC council tax payers foot the bill. The mayoral chain of office is probably little more than a bit of bling, worth a lot less than the personalised number plate. As you say unnecessary expense which could be put to much better used.
[quote][p][bold]PageA[/bold] wrote: The council are looking to save £300,000 by cutting children's centres. this is going to have a devastating impact on some of the most vulnerable children in our town. They only get one childhood, who knows the future consequences and costs of removing this vital support now. Seriously..how much for the chain and reg plate? If it improves one life, it's worth selling. If we can't afford to look after our kids, we can't afford bling and private reg plates[/p][/quote]This report gives no details, nor does the Council, of the "financial deal" purporting to be a "win win" for WBC. So called leasing arrangements usually mean regular monthly payments for a specified period (normally 3 years) after which the car goes back to the leasing company and all that has been paid is lost. Or the payment of a not insignificant sum at the end of three years to allow you to keep he car. Either way WBC council tax payers foot the bill. The mayoral chain of office is probably little more than a bit of bling, worth a lot less than the personalised number plate. As you say unnecessary expense which could be put to much better used. Karlar
  • Score: 12

8:36am Fri 22 Aug 14

PageA says...

Karlar wrote:
PageA wrote:
The council are looking to save £300,000 by cutting children's centres. this is going to have a devastating impact on some of the most vulnerable children in our town. They only get one childhood, who knows the future consequences and costs of removing this vital support now. Seriously..how much for the chain and reg plate? If it improves one life, it's worth selling. If we can't afford to look after our kids, we can't afford bling and private reg plates
This report gives no details, nor does the Council, of the "financial deal" purporting to be a "win win" for WBC. So called leasing arrangements usually mean regular monthly payments for a specified period (normally 3 years) after which the car goes back to the leasing company and all that has been paid is lost. Or the payment of a not insignificant sum at the end of three years to allow you to keep he car. Either way WBC council tax payers foot the bill. The mayoral chain of office is probably little more than a bit of bling, worth a lot less than the personalised number plate. As you say unnecessary expense which could be put to much better used.
A valuation would be useful to inform the debate on cuts to vital services. The reg plate must be worth hundreds of thousands? It probably wouldn't be prudent to value the chain because it walks around public events regularly. I wouldn't be surprised if it was worth that much less than the reg plate. Either way, that would pay for the children's support wouldn't it?
[quote][p][bold]Karlar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PageA[/bold] wrote: The council are looking to save £300,000 by cutting children's centres. this is going to have a devastating impact on some of the most vulnerable children in our town. They only get one childhood, who knows the future consequences and costs of removing this vital support now. Seriously..how much for the chain and reg plate? If it improves one life, it's worth selling. If we can't afford to look after our kids, we can't afford bling and private reg plates[/p][/quote]This report gives no details, nor does the Council, of the "financial deal" purporting to be a "win win" for WBC. So called leasing arrangements usually mean regular monthly payments for a specified period (normally 3 years) after which the car goes back to the leasing company and all that has been paid is lost. Or the payment of a not insignificant sum at the end of three years to allow you to keep he car. Either way WBC council tax payers foot the bill. The mayoral chain of office is probably little more than a bit of bling, worth a lot less than the personalised number plate. As you say unnecessary expense which could be put to much better used.[/p][/quote]A valuation would be useful to inform the debate on cuts to vital services. The reg plate must be worth hundreds of thousands? It probably wouldn't be prudent to value the chain because it walks around public events regularly. I wouldn't be surprised if it was worth that much less than the reg plate. Either way, that would pay for the children's support wouldn't it? PageA
  • Score: 6

8:41am Fri 22 Aug 14

PageA says...

And would easily cover the cuts made to dial a ride enabling the elderly and inform to get out of their houses. I can't believe they cut these without considering the non-essentials first. Which household would do that?
And would easily cover the cuts made to dial a ride enabling the elderly and inform to get out of their houses. I can't believe they cut these without considering the non-essentials first. Which household would do that? PageA
  • Score: 7

11:07am Fri 22 Aug 14

grey_man says...

A household in which they don't pay their bills but see the lease of a brand new Audi A6 as 'downsizing'
A household in which they don't pay their bills but see the lease of a brand new Audi A6 as 'downsizing' grey_man
  • Score: 10

11:39am Fri 22 Aug 14

grey_man says...

...in fact, maybe somebody should try it with their council tax - 'I can't afford to pay my bills, but it's important that I lease a new Audi to transport me to the many occasions I attend each year'.
...in fact, maybe somebody should try it with their council tax - 'I can't afford to pay my bills, but it's important that I lease a new Audi to transport me to the many occasions I attend each year'. grey_man
  • Score: 11

12:26pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Karlar says...

grey_man wrote:
...in fact, maybe somebody should try it with their council tax - 'I can't afford to pay my bills, but it's important that I lease a new Audi to transport me to the many occasions I attend each year'.
To make up for the buses I cannot now catch to get there.
[quote][p][bold]grey_man[/bold] wrote: ...in fact, maybe somebody should try it with their council tax - 'I can't afford to pay my bills, but it's important that I lease a new Audi to transport me to the many occasions I attend each year'.[/p][/quote]To make up for the buses I cannot now catch to get there. Karlar
  • Score: 10

12:28pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Karlar says...

PageA wrote:
Karlar wrote:
PageA wrote:
The council are looking to save £300,000 by cutting children's centres. this is going to have a devastating impact on some of the most vulnerable children in our town. They only get one childhood, who knows the future consequences and costs of removing this vital support now. Seriously..how much for the chain and reg plate? If it improves one life, it's worth selling. If we can't afford to look after our kids, we can't afford bling and private reg plates
This report gives no details, nor does the Council, of the "financial deal" purporting to be a "win win" for WBC. So called leasing arrangements usually mean regular monthly payments for a specified period (normally 3 years) after which the car goes back to the leasing company and all that has been paid is lost. Or the payment of a not insignificant sum at the end of three years to allow you to keep he car. Either way WBC council tax payers foot the bill. The mayoral chain of office is probably little more than a bit of bling, worth a lot less than the personalised number plate. As you say unnecessary expense which could be put to much better used.
A valuation would be useful to inform the debate on cuts to vital services. The reg plate must be worth hundreds of thousands? It probably wouldn't be prudent to value the chain because it walks around public events regularly. I wouldn't be surprised if it was worth that much less than the reg plate. Either way, that would pay for the children's support wouldn't it?
All the signs are the chain is made of fool's gold.
[quote][p][bold]PageA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Karlar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PageA[/bold] wrote: The council are looking to save £300,000 by cutting children's centres. this is going to have a devastating impact on some of the most vulnerable children in our town. They only get one childhood, who knows the future consequences and costs of removing this vital support now. Seriously..how much for the chain and reg plate? If it improves one life, it's worth selling. If we can't afford to look after our kids, we can't afford bling and private reg plates[/p][/quote]This report gives no details, nor does the Council, of the "financial deal" purporting to be a "win win" for WBC. So called leasing arrangements usually mean regular monthly payments for a specified period (normally 3 years) after which the car goes back to the leasing company and all that has been paid is lost. Or the payment of a not insignificant sum at the end of three years to allow you to keep he car. Either way WBC council tax payers foot the bill. The mayoral chain of office is probably little more than a bit of bling, worth a lot less than the personalised number plate. As you say unnecessary expense which could be put to much better used.[/p][/quote]A valuation would be useful to inform the debate on cuts to vital services. The reg plate must be worth hundreds of thousands? It probably wouldn't be prudent to value the chain because it walks around public events regularly. I wouldn't be surprised if it was worth that much less than the reg plate. Either way, that would pay for the children's support wouldn't it?[/p][/quote]All the signs are the chain is made of fool's gold. Karlar
  • Score: 10

11:48am Sat 23 Aug 14

rayco8 says...

this is an outdated office usually given to a semi senile irrelevant individual who can be relied upon to toe the party line

the office of mayor is not needed and should be abolished as this will be the best solution to "save the council money"

we don't need a mayor
we don't need to lease a fancy car
we don't need a chauffeur to take him on his circuit of irrelevant visits

get rid of the office and all that goes with it and the council will be able to save thousands of pounds at a time when all other budgets are being cut
this is an outdated office usually given to a semi senile irrelevant individual who can be relied upon to toe the party line the office of mayor is not needed and should be abolished as this will be the best solution to "save the council money" we don't need a mayor we don't need to lease a fancy car we don't need a chauffeur to take him on his circuit of irrelevant visits get rid of the office and all that goes with it and the council will be able to save thousands of pounds at a time when all other budgets are being cut rayco8
  • Score: 7

6:40pm Sat 23 Aug 14

The Maestro says...

the reg plate is not owned by WBC it was gifted to the town so it cannot be sold. Why not go and lease a Vauxhall Astra? Its made in this country so will help British jobs not German jobs, there's a dealership on Winwick Road so it will help a local firm.
the reg plate is not owned by WBC it was gifted to the town so it cannot be sold. Why not go and lease a Vauxhall Astra? Its made in this country so will help British jobs not German jobs, there's a dealership on Winwick Road so it will help a local firm. The Maestro
  • Score: 9

8:51pm Sat 23 Aug 14

ExRatRacer says...

PageA wrote:
The council are looking to save £300,000 by cutting children's centres. this is going to have a devastating impact on some of the most vulnerable children in our town. They only get one childhood, who knows the future consequences and costs of removing this vital support now. Seriously..how much for the chain and reg plate? If it improves one life, it's worth selling. If we can't afford to look after our kids, we can't afford bling and private reg plates
My God! I agree with Pagey! Pass me a beer!
[quote][p][bold]PageA[/bold] wrote: The council are looking to save £300,000 by cutting children's centres. this is going to have a devastating impact on some of the most vulnerable children in our town. They only get one childhood, who knows the future consequences and costs of removing this vital support now. Seriously..how much for the chain and reg plate? If it improves one life, it's worth selling. If we can't afford to look after our kids, we can't afford bling and private reg plates[/p][/quote]My God! I agree with Pagey! Pass me a beer! ExRatRacer
  • Score: 6

8:28am Sun 24 Aug 14

PageA says...

The Maestro wrote:
the reg plate is not owned by WBC it was gifted to the town so it cannot be sold. Why not go and lease a Vauxhall Astra? Its made in this country so will help British jobs not German jobs, there's a dealership on Winwick Road so it will help a local firm.
Really? It isn't owned by WBC? Has it been left to a trust or family member who lend it to WBC? Or was it stipulated in a will that it must never be sold by WBC? Or is it just that over the years enough people have said "it was a gift so we can't possibly sell it." You might be right Maestro, is it written down anywhere that it isn't owned by the council and must never be sold?
[quote][p][bold]The Maestro[/bold] wrote: the reg plate is not owned by WBC it was gifted to the town so it cannot be sold. Why not go and lease a Vauxhall Astra? Its made in this country so will help British jobs not German jobs, there's a dealership on Winwick Road so it will help a local firm.[/p][/quote]Really? It isn't owned by WBC? Has it been left to a trust or family member who lend it to WBC? Or was it stipulated in a will that it must never be sold by WBC? Or is it just that over the years enough people have said "it was a gift so we can't possibly sell it." You might be right Maestro, is it written down anywhere that it isn't owned by the council and must never be sold? PageA
  • Score: 3

4:32pm Sun 24 Aug 14

grey_man says...

ExRatRacer wrote:
PageA wrote:
The council are looking to save £300,000 by cutting children's centres. this is going to have a devastating impact on some of the most vulnerable children in our town. They only get one childhood, who knows the future consequences and costs of removing this vital support now. Seriously..how much for the chain and reg plate? If it improves one life, it's worth selling. If we can't afford to look after our kids, we can't afford bling and private reg plates
My God! I agree with Pagey! Pass me a beer!
What's to disagree with? :)

The only people who think the Mayor's new Audi is a greater priority than children's services or transport for the old and disabled are councillors. Although you have to admire the chutzpah of anybody who can cut those services then claim a new car and a chauffeur for a mate paid for by public money is a 'win-win'.
[quote][p][bold]ExRatRacer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PageA[/bold] wrote: The council are looking to save £300,000 by cutting children's centres. this is going to have a devastating impact on some of the most vulnerable children in our town. They only get one childhood, who knows the future consequences and costs of removing this vital support now. Seriously..how much for the chain and reg plate? If it improves one life, it's worth selling. If we can't afford to look after our kids, we can't afford bling and private reg plates[/p][/quote]My God! I agree with Pagey! Pass me a beer![/p][/quote]What's to disagree with? :) The only people who think the Mayor's new Audi is a greater priority than children's services or transport for the old and disabled are councillors. Although you have to admire the chutzpah of anybody who can cut those services then claim a new car and a chauffeur for a mate paid for by public money is a 'win-win'. grey_man
  • Score: 6

9:37am Tue 26 Aug 14

The Maestro says...

PageA wrote:
The Maestro wrote:
the reg plate is not owned by WBC it was gifted to the town so it cannot be sold. Why not go and lease a Vauxhall Astra? Its made in this country so will help British jobs not German jobs, there's a dealership on Winwick Road so it will help a local firm.
Really? It isn't owned by WBC? Has it been left to a trust or family member who lend it to WBC? Or was it stipulated in a will that it must never be sold by WBC? Or is it just that over the years enough people have said "it was a gift so we can't possibly sell it." You might be right Maestro, is it written down anywhere that it isn't owned by the council and must never be sold?
Pagey, I am surprised you didn't know. The plate was left by a doctor in his will to be used by WBC but not owned by them, if they no longer need it they have to return it to his family. As for it being written down, we all know how poor the filing system is at the town hall, I'm sure it's there somewhere.
[quote][p][bold]PageA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Maestro[/bold] wrote: the reg plate is not owned by WBC it was gifted to the town so it cannot be sold. Why not go and lease a Vauxhall Astra? Its made in this country so will help British jobs not German jobs, there's a dealership on Winwick Road so it will help a local firm.[/p][/quote]Really? It isn't owned by WBC? Has it been left to a trust or family member who lend it to WBC? Or was it stipulated in a will that it must never be sold by WBC? Or is it just that over the years enough people have said "it was a gift so we can't possibly sell it." You might be right Maestro, is it written down anywhere that it isn't owned by the council and must never be sold?[/p][/quote]Pagey, I am surprised you didn't know. The plate was left by a doctor in his will to be used by WBC but not owned by them, if they no longer need it they have to return it to his family. As for it being written down, we all know how poor the filing system is at the town hall, I'm sure it's there somewhere. The Maestro
  • Score: 0

3:36pm Tue 26 Aug 14

PageA says...

The Maestro wrote:
PageA wrote:
The Maestro wrote:
the reg plate is not owned by WBC it was gifted to the town so it cannot be sold. Why not go and lease a Vauxhall Astra? Its made in this country so will help British jobs not German jobs, there's a dealership on Winwick Road so it will help a local firm.
Really? It isn't owned by WBC? Has it been left to a trust or family member who lend it to WBC? Or was it stipulated in a will that it must never be sold by WBC? Or is it just that over the years enough people have said "it was a gift so we can't possibly sell it." You might be right Maestro, is it written down anywhere that it isn't owned by the council and must never be sold?
Pagey, I am surprised you didn't know. The plate was left by a doctor in his will to be used by WBC but not owned by them, if they no longer need it they have to return it to his family. As for it being written down, we all know how poor the filing system is at the town hall, I'm sure it's there somewhere.
Thanks Maestro,

No I didn't know and couldn't find that information anywhere in the archives of this newspaper etc.

Are you saying that WBC are just loaning it and there is a family out there who it will be signed over to if the council decide not to use it on a car?
There's a family who might be given back their £?00,000 inheritance?
Do we know who they are? or which one of them will inherit it? or if they are strapped for cash right now?

Lets say for arguments sake this plate is worth £400,000
Contact the family and say we want to sell or keep the plate. If we sell then we will split the proceeds 50/50..If they're unhappy with this offer WBC keep the plate and no one benefits. If they accept then the sale price is split and it's £200k towards children's centres and £200k for the good doctor's family to toast his memory.
[quote][p][bold]The Maestro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PageA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Maestro[/bold] wrote: the reg plate is not owned by WBC it was gifted to the town so it cannot be sold. Why not go and lease a Vauxhall Astra? Its made in this country so will help British jobs not German jobs, there's a dealership on Winwick Road so it will help a local firm.[/p][/quote]Really? It isn't owned by WBC? Has it been left to a trust or family member who lend it to WBC? Or was it stipulated in a will that it must never be sold by WBC? Or is it just that over the years enough people have said "it was a gift so we can't possibly sell it." You might be right Maestro, is it written down anywhere that it isn't owned by the council and must never be sold?[/p][/quote]Pagey, I am surprised you didn't know. The plate was left by a doctor in his will to be used by WBC but not owned by them, if they no longer need it they have to return it to his family. As for it being written down, we all know how poor the filing system is at the town hall, I'm sure it's there somewhere.[/p][/quote]Thanks Maestro, No I didn't know and couldn't find that information anywhere in the archives of this newspaper etc. Are you saying that WBC are just loaning it and there is a family out there who it will be signed over to if the council decide not to use it on a car? There's a family who might be given back their £?00,000 inheritance? Do we know who they are? or which one of them will inherit it? or if they are strapped for cash right now? Lets say for arguments sake this plate is worth £400,000 Contact the family and say we want to sell or keep the plate. If we sell then we will split the proceeds 50/50..If they're unhappy with this offer WBC keep the plate and no one benefits. If they accept then the sale price is split and it's £200k towards children's centres and £200k for the good doctor's family to toast his memory. PageA
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