The TaxPayers’ Alliance comes to Exeter to support local campaigners appalled at the council’s proposed expenditure of £20m of taxpayers’ money on a city centre swimming pool that no one really wants.
"It has all the elements of a classic white elephant," says the Taxpayers’ Alliance South West spokesman Tim Newark, looking down on the bus station site from a nearby multi-storey car park.
"We are a national grassroots organisation dedicated to fighting a War on Waste, our current campaign, and in an age of austerity when there are so many demands on public money, the thought of lavishing £20m on a swimming pool that, frankly, has little popular support, seems an outrageous misuse of public money."
Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and now with 80,000 supporters, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) fights to reform taxes, cut spending and protect taxpayers. Find out more about the TaxPayers' Alliance at www.taxpayersalliance.com