Angry parents who are fighting against the axing of free post-16 transport have accused the council of spending nearly £60,000 on two new cars ‘to ferry councillors around in’ on the protest group’s Facebook page.
Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: ”The council does not own a limousine. We use a black Skoda which costs us £4,852 a year. This arrangement, which we introduced in August last year, is much cheaper than that of many other councils.
“The drivers are not designated from the fire service; we have a pool of staff within the council’s fleet transport team. The cost of the driver’s time associated with driving the civic car is charged to the council’s democratic services department.
“The civic vehicle is primarily for the use of the civic head to represent the council at official functions.”