Croydon Council spends £1,500 on 'Don't Mess with Croydon' t-shirts - and sells just 29

The t-shirts were on sale at Surrey Street market

The t-shirts were on sale at Surrey Street market

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Croydon Council splashed out £1,500 on t-shirts to sell at Surrey Street market - but shifted just 29. 

The garments, on sale for £3.50 alongside tote bags priced at £1, bear the slogan "Don't Mess With Croydon", the name of the council's campaign against fly-tipping. 

It ordered 250 t-shirts - modelled by Labour councillors at the first council meeting after May's election - and 250 bags and sold them at a stall to promote the campaign on August 16. 

If all had been snapped up, the council would still have made a loss of £445.

In reality, it sold only 29.

Forty-two people also signed up to be "clean and green champions", volunteers who help lead the way on environmentally friendly behaviour in their neighbourhood. 

A spokesman for Croydon Council said: "This was first and foremost an information stall to get the public involved in Don’t Mess With Croydon: Take Pride, our campaign to tackle fly-tipping.

"People were given leaflets and the chance to show their support by volunteering to become a clean and green champion.

Croydon Guardian:

Councillor Stuart Collins, cabinet member for "Clean Green Croydon", models a t-shirt

"In addition, they were able to buy a t-shirt or bag, however this was not the focus of the stall, nor was any profit made.

"All money raised will be reinvested in the campaign."

Were the t-shirts money well spent? Email robert.fisk@london.newsquest.co.uk or post a comment below.

 

 

 

 

 

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12:25pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Pawel_Si says...

This seems really stupid. Why didn't they spend that money to actually clean the streets?
This seems really stupid. Why didn't they spend that money to actually clean the streets? Pawel_Si
  • Score: 11

1:38pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Dorothy.C says...

I am impressed they sold 29 of them :s
I am impressed they sold 29 of them :s Dorothy.C
  • Score: 5

3:55pm Wed 27 Aug 14

MikeyF says...

What a waste of money ! Labour clearly have not learnt from their past ... Those who waste public money should be held accountable !
What a waste of money ! Labour clearly have not learnt from their past ... Those who waste public money should be held accountable ! MikeyF
  • Score: 6

4:47pm Wed 27 Aug 14

BringBackNationalService says...

Unfunniest joke I've heard all week...:-/
Unfunniest joke I've heard all week...:-/ BringBackNationalService
  • Score: -1

4:02pm Thu 28 Aug 14

JustinBiebersMonkey says...

They look like rubbish, as if someone had stuck labels on the front.

Why would anyone buy one at all? These people work in Councils because they couldn't trade their way out of a paper bag!

Fly-tippers need long sentences, not silly T shirts!
They look like rubbish, as if someone had stuck labels on the front. Why would anyone buy one at all? These people work in Councils because they couldn't trade their way out of a paper bag! Fly-tippers need long sentences, not silly T shirts! JustinBiebersMonkey
  • Score: 4

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