Plymouth City Council owns and pays £60 per year for the rights to use a total of 61 website addresses at a total annual cost of £3,660.
That sounds like a lot of URLs. You’re probably wondering what they all are. Well, I asked, using the Freedom of Information Act, and I was amazed when I went through and tested each one – 27 led nowhere. With each costing £60 per year, that’s £1,620 of taxpayers’ money down the drain.
While www.visitplymouth.co.uk works fine and promotes the city as a destination for tourists, there are others that just left me scratching my head… why, for example, has the Conservative-run city council spent a total of £360 on www.buymountedgcumbe.co.uk, www.buymountedgcumbe.com.uk, www.buymountedgcumbe.net, www.buyplymouth.co.uk, www.buyplymouth.com and www.buyplymouth.net? Is it planning some kind of massive sell-off?
Then there’s the £240 spent on www.plymouthpcn.co.uk, www.plymouthpcn.com, www.plymouthpcn.net and www.plymouthpcn.org. None of them lead anywhere, and I am not even sure what they’d be about – Penalty Charge Notices (parking tickets)?
We are in a time of acute spending restraint. Every penny saved on waste like this is a penny that doesn’t have to be taken from the frontline. It’s time for Plymouth’s ruling Conservative councillors to stop paying for these websites to nowhere.
(Note: the original sum of £1,660 has been amended to £1,620)