Welsh Government priorities: £300,000 for airport art - Willott

August 7, 2013 6:18 PM


A freedom of information request by Jenny Willott, Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, has found that the Welsh Government spent £309,457 on new art and multimedia installations at Cardiff Airport.

Commenting, Jenny Willott said:

"I am shocked that the Welsh Government has seen fit to spend over £300,000 on a few photos and a "welcome wall". This money could be much better spent when pupils in half of Wales' secondary schools have weak numeracy skills and the Welsh NHS is falling apart, with waiting times soaring. Coming at a time when so many people are really struggling to get by, I don't understand how the Welsh Government could consider this a good use of taxpayers' hard-earned money.

"In the first place, I'm not convinced that art is what improves the passenger experience - encouraging airlines to offer a broader variety of destinations and a greater number of flights would do far more to increase the airport's popularity.

"But even if physical improvements to the airport were necessary, £309,000 of taxpayers' money is quite clearly an excessive amount to spend on art."

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