FINANCING of Cheadle's Party in the Park caused a heated council debate when it was announced that the event had gone more than £2,000 over budget.
The ruling Moorlands Democratic Alliance and the Conservative opposition clashed at a meeting of Cheadle Town Council's finance and resources committee when chairman Ray Wood announced that the event had gone over budget.
Mr Wood said: "It is proposed that we transfer £1,000 from the Cheadle Carnival Queen budget and £500 from reserves in order to regularise the account.
On the day of Party in the Park I collected £700 from stalls which will go towards the cost.
"All the finances will be sorted out by the end of September. A lot of people worked hard for Party in the Park."
However Conservative councillors on the town council raised their concerns over the overspend.
Councillor Stephen Ellis said some councillors were ‘missing the point’.
He said: "No one is disputing that Party in the Park is a worthwhile event. However spending more is not an accident it is a deliberate overspend. We are asking the people of Cheadle to give this money. It is clearly an overspend and we are now having to move money over to prop it up."
Councillor Alan Banks said the figures did not match up.
He said: "It is more than £2,000 over. I could have understood if it was £100, but this is a tremendous amount of money to go over budget. The figures do not add up."
Councillor Ian Whitehouse said that more than 3,000 people had enjoyed the event He said: "Why don't councillors support this event instead of 'nit picking'. They should get up and help the town."
Councillor Garry Bentley said: "I went to Ipstones Agricultural Show, which is a good event.
However the gate price was £6, Party in the Park is free. The public have told us there is an opportunity for a small charge."
Councillors voted to accept the recommendation and move money over from the Carnival Queen budget and the council's reserves plus the £700 collected to make up the £2,200.
Cheadle Town mayor, Ian Plant, said this week that with having no carnival queen this year the money could easily be moved over.
He said: "We have organised two events for the town this year Party in the Park and Music in the Park. To put on two large events for this kind of money is fantastic.
"Some people just criticise instead of helping to put things on for the town.
"We have had a great response from people who really enjoyed the events."