Wednesday 14 October 2015 8.27am
Who, within the Council. makes these decisions ?
How do they come to reach the decision ? Was a heart tugging appeal made by Tate Modern
that couldn't be refused ?
Was one million pounds asked for and given because Southwark should be seen to be grateful for the existence of Tate Modern
in Southwark ?
To say that Tate Modern
brings tens of thousands of visitors to the Southbank is true but how much deeper those visitors venture into Southwark heartlands and their spending habits need to be demonstrated to the advantage to the whole of Southwark.
I do not believe for one moment that there would be a lesser number of visitors to the Tate Modern
if Southwark did not contribute £1 million.
However much councillors may enjoy it they should not hobnob with the Arts brigade or property developers because the professionals will take advantage of them.