Council spend £30,000 on Snoopy trail which has been vandalised
Rhiannon James, local democracy reporter
Caerphilly County Borough Council has spent thousands of pounds on the Dog’s Trust Snoopy trail without consulting councillors or the public.
Six sculptures, inspired by the Peanuts comic strip character Snoopy, are located around Caerphilly town centre.
The council has spent £30,000 to sponsor all six of the sculptures, but said the sponsorship was “not a matter that required a Cabinet report”.
The aim of the trail was that each sculpture in Caerphilly County Borough, Cardiff, and Porthcawl, would be sponsored by a business or individual, and then auctioned after the campaign to raise further funds for Dogs Trust, but in Caerphilly, only the council has sponsored the statues.
Funding for the trail came from the Welsh Government’s Transforming Towns Business Revenue Fund. According to the council, this money aims to increase footfall in town centres through events.
A council spokesperson said: “The council is pleased to be working in partnership with Dogs Trust and other local authorities across the region to support this initiative. As well as raising money for charity, the exciting new trail will promote tourism, encourage visitors into the area and boost the local economy.”
The trail is running until June 5. However, multiple sculptures have already been vandalised since the trail began on April 8.
In addition to the six large statues, numerous mini statues decorated by school children from across Caerphilly County Borough are also included in the trail.
The sculptures were decorated with artwork depicting the children’s local communities, as well as themes of inclusivity, diversity and protecting the environment.
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