More than £24,000 could have been saved had county legislature personality David Parsons taken a sight on trips to London instead of travelling in a chauffeur-driven car, it has emerged.
Figures expelled by Leicestershire County Council uncover a Tory politician finished 202 lapse trips to a collateral over a past 6 years in a authority’s county car, costing £280 any time.
Officials calculate it would cost £135 to £160 to make a homogeneous outing by rail – between £24,240 and £29,290 reduction than a cost of a car.
The costs have been published in a news to be deliberate by a council’s corporate governance cabinet on Friday.
It is questioning a leader’s use of a automobile after it emerged it had been used during a weddings of his son and daughter as good as trips to a entertainment and Tory celebration domestic meetings.
Lib Dem emissary personality Dr Sarah Hill pronounced yesterday: “I find it unusual that he would select to use a automobile for long-distance journeys when open ride would have been cheaper and improved for a environment. we trust it sets a bad example.”
Among a trips taken were discussion visits and visits to Local Government Association meetings.
Coun Parsons told a Leicester Mercury: “I have now given adult regulating a county car. That was my decision.
“Now we use a train. The elementary answer is, officers certified a use of a car. we was never told how most it cost. Had we famous how most cheaper it was to go by sight during a time we would have finished that.”
Coun Parsons could nonetheless face a standards conference into his used of a car.
Liberal Democrat councillor Bill Boulter has complained that his use of a county automobile could volume to a intensity crack of a councillor formula of conduct.
Last week, Coun Parsons was strongly censured over his transport losses since he hold on to EU money paid to him for trips to Europe that he should have refunded some-more soon to a county council.
A County Hall standards cabinet pronounced he breached a councillor formula of control 5 times. He released an above-board reparation though has resisted calls to resign.
His Tory colleagues will opinion on a suit of no certainty in him when they accommodate subsequent week.
Yesterday it emerged Coun Parson would not be station for re-election as authority of corner internal authorities physique East Midlands Councils.
The body’s executive director, Stuart Young, said: “After a executive house assembly on Friday David Parsons sensitive me he would not be seeking re-election in July.”
Mr Young pronounced he did not contend why.
Coun Parsons told a Leicester Mercury: “It has been obvious, following a standards hearing, that we am doing too much.”
Coun Parsons is also authority of a Environment and Housing Board of a Local Government Association (LGA) though pronounced he would be deliberation that position.
He said: “I feel we need to concentration on Leicestershire.”
The LGA’s Conservative organisation executive was due to plead his breaches of a formula of control today.
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