It’s that time of year again, when Harrow Council flunkies start planning to head off to Cannes for a four-day jolly. Or as they call it, a four-day conference with the MIPIM, where, according to the website, they can, “…connect with the industry’s key decision-makers and gain insight into the latest property trends and opportunities during 4 days of innovative exhibitions, insightful conferences and intensive business networking.”
Ticket prices for the event are around £1500 each, with accommodation at the 5-star Le Mas Candille – book fast, only one room left! – coming it at £500 a night. Hopefully, that includes breakfast.
Visitors can “…explore the most exciting commercial development projects from around the world, gain insight into the latest trends from leading industry experts and identify potential partners from 2,600 exhibiting companies.”
Labour’s Cllr Keith Ferry, portfolio holder for regeneration, and Paul Nichols, Director of Regeneration, will be spending up to £1000 each to fly from Heathrow to Nice, and even if they end up top ‘n’ tailing in one of the local Ibis Hotels at £120 a night, the bill for this little shindig will probably come in not far off £6,000 by the time you’ve thrown in a cab to/from the airport, and any necessary expenses (bottle of scotch? some ‘company’ in the evening?).
What does Harrow get out of it? According to the ‘Building a Better Harrow’ newsletter, which does nothing other than announce this spectacular case of how to blow taxpayers’ money:
Harrow Council is embarking on an ambitious investment programme to transform the borough between now and 2026, revitalising its town centres, boosting business and involving the local community in Building a Better Harrow.
£1.75 billion investment will see 5500+ new homes built, with over 2000+ on council-owned land, including affordable and build to rent tenures.
Harrow is an award winning entrepreneurial borough, an Opportunity Area and Housing Zone just 14 minutes from Central London, with enough green belt to fit eight Hyde Parks.
We’re at MIPIM for a second year to nurture strong relationships with investors, high-quality developers and contractors.
Harrow Council will be a strategic and active partner, striking a balance between leading direct delivery and partnerships through joint ventures and devloping agreements including acting as master developer.
Fabulous. Hope we get a postcard.