Plaid councillor questions value of council-owned bus used to cut trees


Plaid Cymru councillor Colin Elsbury has questioned the value for money of a double decker bus bought and then modified to cut trees.

A Freedom of Information request revealed that it had been used on just five days during the past 12 months.

Councillor Colin Elsbury, Plaid Cymru member for the St Martin’s ward in Caerphilly, said: “It cost more than £22,000 to buy and then modify the bus,  so I was surprised to learn that it has only been in operation on five days since November  2017. I would have thought given the  purchase it would have been out far more.

“Given its lack of use, one has to question whether this tree bus represents value for money , particularly when the council is planning to impose severe cuts on the public.

“The £22,000 cost quoted by the council doesn’t include the cost of operating the tree bus and the wage costs of the four workers that carried out the five day job along the A4049.”