HARROW Council has refused to buy any of the London Olympics tickets that it was offered, after complaining that they should have been given out for free.
Council leader Bill Stephenson was quick to refuse the offer of 100 tickets to the 2012 Games, making Harrow one of the first councils to do so.
He explained: "The council has no plans to buy any of the 100 Olympics tickets allocated to it. I do not think at a time when we are being forced to make severe cuts to services that this would be a good use of council taxpayers' money."
Each of London's 32 borough councils were offered an allocation of tickets, ranging in price from £75 each to £995 each. But they were also given strict orders not to give them away as prizes in competitions.
Mr Stephenson said he didn't think it was right that London taxpayers are paying the equivalent of 38p per week, or £20 per year, through their council tax towards the funding of the Olympics – and not get any chance of free tickets.
He added: "Given how much Harrow residents are paying towards the Olympics it would have been nice for us to have been given a free allocation of tickets which could have been distributed as a reward to deserving residents."
The tickets not bought by Harrow Council will now be sold directly to the public instead, through the online ballot system which is now in progress.
Meanwhile, Brent Council has said it has 'not made a decision' on whether to buy any of its tickets yet.
A spokesman said: "We have received the offer of tickets but we are still considering what to do."