Poole’s civic limo “not too posh” says former mayor’s chauffeur

Bournemouth Echo: NOT TOO POSH FOR POOLE: The mayor's limousine NOT TOO POSH FOR POOLE: The mayor's limousine

FORMER mayor’s chauffeur and macebearer David Knight has defended Poole’s civic limousine.

Mayor, Cllr Phil Eades, is proposing that, as a cost cutting measure, the stretched limo should be axed, and he should use a zero emissions vehicle for the rest of his year of civic office.

But Mr Knight said: “The Mayor is in office for a year but the car is used by successive office holders.”

He was involved in the purchase of the current vehicle, a Colman Milne stretched Australian Ford Fairlane – which is now mended and will be back in use next week following a week’s trial of a Toyota Prius.

“The basis for selecting the limousine was that it is not a ‘posh’ car but suitable transport for the mayoral party. The car does not say ‘look at me’ but makes the statement: ‘I am carrying an important person’,” he said.

He said the car has to be capable of carrying the full civic party, which could consist of the mayor, sheriff and their escorts and sometimes other dignitaries and their partners.

The car is capable of carrying eight in total. Cllr Eades had suggested it was ‘anachronistic’ to be driven around in a posh limo but Mr Knight, who formerly held the post of Prime Warden to the Guild of Mace Bearers, said that term could apply to the office itself, which has existed since 1248.

“Maybe the other trappings of the office could be up for grabs, the chains, maces – of which there are five.”

He said they were irreplaceable and intrinsically priceless.

“On the many occasions that I was privileged to take the mayor to schools, the objects of interest were the mayor and the role, the chains of office, the mace and the car.”

He added invariably children were disappointed with the saloon as a mode of transport for the mayor.

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1:07pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Dibbles2 says...

I had a little chuckle to myself when I saw this photo and thought hmmmmmmmmmmmmm if only!
I had a little chuckle to myself when I saw this photo and thought hmmmmmmmmmmmmm if only! Dibbles2

1:46pm Mon 9 Dec 13

ben111 says...

I have lived in Bournemouth and Pool all my life . And im still trying think at what point, A mayor has ever impacted or improved my life. so more cost for a non person in a non position.
I have lived in Bournemouth and Pool all my life . And im still trying think at what point, A mayor has ever impacted or improved my life. so more cost for a non person in a non position. ben111

2:31pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Bournefre says...

Maybe the costs could be recovered by renting out the limo to hen parties at weekends.
Of course any vomit would need to be wiped off the upholstery before the mayor used it next.
Maybe the costs could be recovered by renting out the limo to hen parties at weekends. Of course any vomit would need to be wiped off the upholstery before the mayor used it next. Bournefre

2:44pm Mon 9 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

Bournefre wrote:
Maybe the costs could be recovered by renting out the limo to hen parties at weekends.
Of course any vomit would need to be wiped off the upholstery before the mayor used it next.
Why bother.
[quote][p][bold]Bournefre[/bold] wrote: Maybe the costs could be recovered by renting out the limo to hen parties at weekends. Of course any vomit would need to be wiped off the upholstery before the mayor used it next.[/p][/quote]Why bother. pete woodley

2:57pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Bournefre says...

pete woodley wrote:
Bournefre wrote:
Maybe the costs could be recovered by renting out the limo to hen parties at weekends.
Of course any vomit would need to be wiped off the upholstery before the mayor used it next.
Why bother.
"Why bother" what? Trying to recover the costs or wiping the vomit off the upholstery?
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bournefre[/bold] wrote: Maybe the costs could be recovered by renting out the limo to hen parties at weekends. Of course any vomit would need to be wiped off the upholstery before the mayor used it next.[/p][/quote]Why bother.[/p][/quote]"Why bother" what? Trying to recover the costs or wiping the vomit off the upholstery? Bournefre

3:37pm Mon 9 Dec 13

justsayithowitis says...

It's not children paying for it so their opinions don't really count
It's not children paying for it so their opinions don't really count justsayithowitis

7:27pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Dog friendly 1 says...

Bearing in mind the cuts that all local authorities are making, the redundancies that are going on - I would have thought this car would have been (should have been ) gone a long time ago.

Whilst it must have been nice to have - those days are over. I really dont think its fair to expect this car to be kept where there are cut backs so severe going on (and no I didnt work for the council).

Regarding needing a car big enough to carry escorts and other dignitaries - perhaps the time has come for them to go too. Me thinks if we do have to keep a Mayor, then its just the Mayor and not all the extra people involved (this is not a personal dig - just being practical!)
Bearing in mind the cuts that all local authorities are making, the redundancies that are going on - I would have thought this car would have been (should have been ) gone a long time ago. Whilst it must have been nice to have - those days are over. I really dont think its fair to expect this car to be kept where there are cut backs so severe going on (and no I didnt work for the council). Regarding needing a car big enough to carry escorts and other dignitaries - perhaps the time has come for them to go too. Me thinks if we do have to keep a Mayor, then its just the Mayor and not all the extra people involved (this is not a personal dig - just being practical!) Dog friendly 1

8:35pm Mon 9 Dec 13

West moors 1 says...

It's simply an unjustifiable cost. If it was a private company this car would of been disposed of years ago. Wake up you council idiots, you have lost our respect years ago because of your self serving and self important attitudes. You are nothing but greedy individuals who have performed badly year after year and really offer nothing to the town apart from extra financial burden.
It's simply an unjustifiable cost. If it was a private company this car would of been disposed of years ago. Wake up you council idiots, you have lost our respect years ago because of your self serving and self important attitudes. You are nothing but greedy individuals who have performed badly year after year and really offer nothing to the town apart from extra financial burden. West moors 1

7:53pm Tue 10 Dec 13

MJD says...

Scrap it and give them a bus pass.
Scrap it and give them a bus pass. MJD

10:11pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Yankee1 says...

This is so funny.

Arguing over the icing to a rather desultory cake.

You can hire, on a hourly basis, a far more 'prestigious' car - and save he council money. And not employ a chauffeur/'mace bearer'.

What a Job'sworth.
This is so funny. Arguing over the icing to a rather desultory cake. You can hire, on a hourly basis, a far more 'prestigious' car - and save he council money. And not employ a chauffeur/'mace bearer'. What a Job'sworth. Yankee1

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