What To Do With Burgess Hill's 'About Town' Magazine?
17th April 2016 by Peter Chapman
Burgess Hill Town Council are about to sensationally agree to a new delivery method of their council magazine which will see the costs increase five-fold!
The quarterly publication is currently delivered inside the Leader newspaper for a fee of £311
Due to some complaints from some residents that they've not received the magazine, the council have obtained quotes from other distributors. The cheapest quote was £1,580 per issue, over five times more expensive and blows apart the council's budget.
Councill officers have recommended that the council accept
the new costs, but is this really in our interests? Do we really want council tax to go up again for a magazine of which the demand for is unknown?
What Should Happen? Here's BHU's Suggestions:
1. Stick with the current delivery method through the Leader newspaper at a cost of £311 per issue, accepting that some people may miss out, and if they care that much, they could go to the Help Point to get their copy.
2. Follow the council's recommendation and pay another company £1,580 per issue for delivery, further stretching the council's budget which would see another rise in council tax.
3. Cease delivering the magazine to homes and have collection points at local supermarkets and other popular locations in Burgess Hill. This could also help indicate how much demand there is for the publication by seeing how many copies remain unclaimed.
4. Scrap the 'About Town' magazine, saving on all costs and council staff time. It's 2016, we can find all the information on the internet via such fine news websites like Burgess Hill Uncovered!
Take Our Poll: If you were a councillor, which decision would you reach?
Spread the word. The council are about to spend crazy amounts of public money to deliver their propaganda magazine.
Got an opinion on this story? Leave a comment below.... What do you think of the 'About Town' magazine? Is it a vital publication, or dated and irrelevant? Is it worth smashing the budget to enlist a different delivery company?