Plans have emerged at South Cambridgeshire District Council for a ceremonial beacon to be installed.
A notice of motion was put forward by Conservative Kevin Cuffley, asking councillors to 'endorse the provision of a beacon to celebrate national events'.
There is already a similar beacon in Orwell, which was donated by Marshalls in the 1990s.
It poses the question as to why Conservative members have expressed a desire for another to be built, at the expense of the council.
Speaking to Cambridge News Cllr. Bridget Smith, leader of the Liberal Democrats at the District Council said:
"Due to this financial blip we are facing, our funding grants awarded this morning [Monday] will have to be re-awarded in a year's time"
Throwing money away
"There's no point throwing money away on a pointless vanity project in light of the funding pressure we are facing.
This decision will bring shame on us. We already have a beacon on Orwell that works fine."
Along with budget cuts to vital services such as social care on the County Council and funding strains on the District Council it is a quite extraordinary time for such a project.
Foolish and unnecessary
Lib Dem councillor Anna Bradnam said of the project:
“It’s a foolish and unnecessary expenditure of money at a time when we are short of money as a district council. We have higher priorities”