Cul­ture city bid cost £50k

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update -

The failed East Kent City of Cul­ture bid cost the tax­payer £50,000, with five coun­cils in the area shar­ing the bill be­tween them.

Or­gan­is­ers say the money was a good in­vest­ment and lessons were learned.

They have also spo­ken of an artis­tic div­i­dend for the county.

De­tails of how the bid was funded were re­leased to the KM Group fol­low­ing a Freedom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest.

It shows that £22,000 was spent on pro­ject man­age­ment; £6,500 on web de­sign and so­cial me­dia; £8,000 on writ­ing the bid; and £1,000 on artists’ fees.

Other costs in­cluded £1,325 for a “teaser video pro­duc­tion”; £2,500 to trans­port and in­sure art­work; and £1,175 for travel and sub­sis­tence.

The coun­cils that shared the costs were Ash­ford, Shep­way, Dover, Thanet and Can­ter­bury.

KCC said: “The ben­e­fits of the bid­ding ex­er­cise will in­clude sub­stan­tial pos­i­tive re­gional, national and in­ter­na­tional me­dia ex­po­sure for east Kent.”

It added that the bid had helped foster “an en­hanced spirit of co­op­er­a­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion” within the cul­tural sec­tor.

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­

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