TR1 number plate saved as it finds new home on minibus

Daily Echo: Mayor Ivan White with the new minibus which now bears the number plate Mayor Ivan White with the new minibus which now bears the number plate

IT is the iconic symbol that has accompanied generations of Southampton’s mayors.

But the famous TR1 number plate could have disappeared from the city after council chiefs unveiled controversial plans to sell it off.

But it has been announced it will remain in the city and has a new home – on a minibus which will be used by communities across the city.

The minibus is actually one of the last Ford Transit minibuses to roll off the Swaythling plant’s production line last summer.

It was handed over to the city council last August by Ford after the plant closed.

Last year it was announced the mayor’s TR1 number plate would be put up for sale as part of the cash-strapped Labour council’s cuts.

The move was expected to raise more than £100,000 at auction but the plate was given a stay of execution last year with a group fronted by former mayor Derek Burke given the chance to find an alternative to selling it off.

And now it has been confirmed the famous number plate will stay in the city and will adorn the front of the nine-seat minibus,which can be hired by local groups for a small fee.

Southampton’s local Jaguar dealership HA Fox has also loaned the city mayor, Ivan White, a Jaguar XK Luxury D free of charge for 12 months, meaning the council can save £6,000 on his transportation costs.

The council’s Labour leader Simon Letts said: “We are grateful to HA Fox for their generosity and support and today’s official handover was a great opportunity to celebrate this partnership.

“Due to reduced funding from central government and rising costs and demand for council services we’ve had to make significant savings, consequently HA Fox’s sponsorship is extremely welcome.

“Every week the mayor manages a busy schedule of public events, representing our city, meeting and congratulating local people, who have made a significant contribution to our society and recognising the tremendous achievements of schools, colleges, universities, community groups and charity organisations in Southampton.

“It is important the mayor is able to continue to build these valuable relationships with communities and attend a range of civic events in order for local people to gain the recognition they deserve”.

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12:11pm Tue 4 Feb 14

sotonboy84 says...

“Due to reduced funding from central government and rising costs and demand for council services we’ve had to make significant savings"

This excuse doesn't wash, how many years have you been aware of the cuts Letts? You had plenty of time to reduce spending and look at other avenues to raise revenue. But you didn't, so don't try and make out severe cuts have been sprung on you out of nowhere. You're a weak leader running a weak administration pointing the blame everywhere but at yourselves.

Let's hope the registration plate remains on the minibus for the foreseeable future and it's not an attempt to gradually remove it from public view before trying to sell it.
“Due to reduced funding from central government and rising costs and demand for council services we’ve had to make significant savings" This excuse doesn't wash, how many years have you been aware of the cuts Letts? You had plenty of time to reduce spending and look at other avenues to raise revenue. But you didn't, so don't try and make out severe cuts have been sprung on you out of nowhere. You're a weak leader running a weak administration pointing the blame everywhere but at yourselves. Let's hope the registration plate remains on the minibus for the foreseeable future and it's not an attempt to gradually remove it from public view before trying to sell it. sotonboy84
  • Score: 9

1:14pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Outside of the Box says...

sotonboy84 wrote:
“Due to reduced funding from central government and rising costs and demand for council services we’ve had to make significant savings"

This excuse doesn't wash, how many years have you been aware of the cuts Letts? You had plenty of time to reduce spending and look at other avenues to raise revenue. But you didn't, so don't try and make out severe cuts have been sprung on you out of nowhere. You're a weak leader running a weak administration pointing the blame everywhere but at yourselves.

Let's hope the registration plate remains on the minibus for the foreseeable future and it's not an attempt to gradually remove it from public view before trying to sell it.
Lets hope that the Mayor and future Mayors use the mini-bus to attend official appointments instead of the gas guzzling motor they use now, sell off the car, keep the number plate, you'll get more cash the car.
[quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: “Due to reduced funding from central government and rising costs and demand for council services we’ve had to make significant savings" This excuse doesn't wash, how many years have you been aware of the cuts Letts? You had plenty of time to reduce spending and look at other avenues to raise revenue. But you didn't, so don't try and make out severe cuts have been sprung on you out of nowhere. You're a weak leader running a weak administration pointing the blame everywhere but at yourselves. Let's hope the registration plate remains on the minibus for the foreseeable future and it's not an attempt to gradually remove it from public view before trying to sell it.[/p][/quote]Lets hope that the Mayor and future Mayors use the mini-bus to attend official appointments instead of the gas guzzling motor they use now, sell off the car, keep the number plate, you'll get more cash the car. Outside of the Box
  • Score: 4

1:52pm Tue 4 Feb 14

jackois says...

'Lets hope that the Mayor and future Mayors use the mini-bus to attend official appointments instead of the gas guzzling motor they use now, sell off the car, keep the number plate, you'll get more cash the car.'

Someone didn't read the article properly, did they? H A Fox have loaned the council a Jaguar for 12 months and wouldn't be best pleased if the council flogged it, I think.
'Lets hope that the Mayor and future Mayors use the mini-bus to attend official appointments instead of the gas guzzling motor they use now, sell off the car, keep the number plate, you'll get more cash the car.' Someone didn't read the article properly, did they? H A Fox have loaned the council a Jaguar for 12 months and wouldn't be best pleased if the council flogged it, I think. jackois
  • Score: 10

2:37pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Frank28 says...

They'd have no difficulty in selling of that number plate - Tim Rice has been wanting to buy it for years.
They'd have no difficulty in selling of that number plate - Tim Rice has been wanting to buy it for years. Frank28
  • Score: 3

2:37pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Suntanned Snowman says...

Outside of the Box wrote:
sotonboy84 wrote:
“Due to reduced funding from central government and rising costs and demand for council services we’ve had to make significant savings"

This excuse doesn't wash, how many years have you been aware of the cuts Letts? You had plenty of time to reduce spending and look at other avenues to raise revenue. But you didn't, so don't try and make out severe cuts have been sprung on you out of nowhere. You're a weak leader running a weak administration pointing the blame everywhere but at yourselves.

Let's hope the registration plate remains on the minibus for the foreseeable future and it's not an attempt to gradually remove it from public view before trying to sell it.
Lets hope that the Mayor and future Mayors use the mini-bus to attend official appointments instead of the gas guzzling motor they use now, sell off the car, keep the number plate, you'll get more cash the car.
Best to read the article before making stupid comments. The Diesel Jaguar will be far.more economical than a large Transit could ever be. Well done H A Fox! Shame the Jag can't have TR1 though
[quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: “Due to reduced funding from central government and rising costs and demand for council services we’ve had to make significant savings" This excuse doesn't wash, how many years have you been aware of the cuts Letts? You had plenty of time to reduce spending and look at other avenues to raise revenue. But you didn't, so don't try and make out severe cuts have been sprung on you out of nowhere. You're a weak leader running a weak administration pointing the blame everywhere but at yourselves. Let's hope the registration plate remains on the minibus for the foreseeable future and it's not an attempt to gradually remove it from public view before trying to sell it.[/p][/quote]Lets hope that the Mayor and future Mayors use the mini-bus to attend official appointments instead of the gas guzzling motor they use now, sell off the car, keep the number plate, you'll get more cash the car.[/p][/quote]Best to read the article before making stupid comments. The Diesel Jaguar will be far.more economical than a large Transit could ever be. Well done H A Fox! Shame the Jag can't have TR1 though Suntanned Snowman
  • Score: 8

3:10pm Tue 4 Feb 14

sotonboy84 says...

Frank28 wrote:
They'd have no difficulty in selling of that number plate - Tim Rice has been wanting to buy it for years.
And the Labour council probably know that!
[quote][p][bold]Frank28[/bold] wrote: They'd have no difficulty in selling of that number plate - Tim Rice has been wanting to buy it for years.[/p][/quote]And the Labour council probably know that! sotonboy84
  • Score: 1

3:44pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Outside of the Box says...

Suntanned Snowman wrote:
Outside of the Box wrote:
sotonboy84 wrote:
“Due to reduced funding from central government and rising costs and demand for council services we’ve had to make significant savings"

This excuse doesn't wash, how many years have you been aware of the cuts Letts? You had plenty of time to reduce spending and look at other avenues to raise revenue. But you didn't, so don't try and make out severe cuts have been sprung on you out of nowhere. You're a weak leader running a weak administration pointing the blame everywhere but at yourselves.

Let's hope the registration plate remains on the minibus for the foreseeable future and it's not an attempt to gradually remove it from public view before trying to sell it.
Lets hope that the Mayor and future Mayors use the mini-bus to attend official appointments instead of the gas guzzling motor they use now, sell off the car, keep the number plate, you'll get more cash the car.
Best to read the article before making stupid comments. The Diesel Jaguar will be far.more economical than a large Transit could ever be. Well done H A Fox! Shame the Jag can't have TR1 though
Oh dear have I upset you, granted I failed to read the report in full, however as for making stupid comments, I suppose HA Fox will be paying for the insurance and petrol and the wages of the town Sargent to drive the Mayor around as well.
[quote][p][bold]Suntanned Snowman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: “Due to reduced funding from central government and rising costs and demand for council services we’ve had to make significant savings" This excuse doesn't wash, how many years have you been aware of the cuts Letts? You had plenty of time to reduce spending and look at other avenues to raise revenue. But you didn't, so don't try and make out severe cuts have been sprung on you out of nowhere. You're a weak leader running a weak administration pointing the blame everywhere but at yourselves. Let's hope the registration plate remains on the minibus for the foreseeable future and it's not an attempt to gradually remove it from public view before trying to sell it.[/p][/quote]Lets hope that the Mayor and future Mayors use the mini-bus to attend official appointments instead of the gas guzzling motor they use now, sell off the car, keep the number plate, you'll get more cash the car.[/p][/quote]Best to read the article before making stupid comments. The Diesel Jaguar will be far.more economical than a large Transit could ever be. Well done H A Fox! Shame the Jag can't have TR1 though[/p][/quote]Oh dear have I upset you, granted I failed to read the report in full, however as for making stupid comments, I suppose HA Fox will be paying for the insurance and petrol and the wages of the town Sargent to drive the Mayor around as well. Outside of the Box
  • Score: 3

3:45pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Outside of the Box says...

jackois wrote:
'Lets hope that the Mayor and future Mayors use the mini-bus to attend official appointments instead of the gas guzzling motor they use now, sell off the car, keep the number plate, you'll get more cash the car.'

Someone didn't read the article properly, did they? H A Fox have loaned the council a Jaguar for 12 months and wouldn't be best pleased if the council flogged it, I think.
Granted I didn't read it properly, apologies all round.
[quote][p][bold]jackois[/bold] wrote: 'Lets hope that the Mayor and future Mayors use the mini-bus to attend official appointments instead of the gas guzzling motor they use now, sell off the car, keep the number plate, you'll get more cash the car.' Someone didn't read the article properly, did they? H A Fox have loaned the council a Jaguar for 12 months and wouldn't be best pleased if the council flogged it, I think.[/p][/quote]Granted I didn't read it properly, apologies all round. Outside of the Box
  • Score: 1

4:02pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Suntanned Snowman says...

Outside of the Box wrote:
Suntanned Snowman wrote:
Outside of the Box wrote:
sotonboy84 wrote:
“Due to reduced funding from central government and rising costs and demand for council services we’ve had to make significant savings"

This excuse doesn't wash, how many years have you been aware of the cuts Letts? You had plenty of time to reduce spending and look at other avenues to raise revenue. But you didn't, so don't try and make out severe cuts have been sprung on you out of nowhere. You're a weak leader running a weak administration pointing the blame everywhere but at yourselves.

Let's hope the registration plate remains on the minibus for the foreseeable future and it's not an attempt to gradually remove it from public view before trying to sell it.
Lets hope that the Mayor and future Mayors use the mini-bus to attend official appointments instead of the gas guzzling motor they use now, sell off the car, keep the number plate, you'll get more cash the car.
Best to read the article before making stupid comments. The Diesel Jaguar will be far.more economical than a large Transit could ever be. Well done H A Fox! Shame the Jag can't have TR1 though
Oh dear have I upset you, granted I failed to read the report in full, however as for making stupid comments, I suppose HA Fox will be paying for the insurance and petrol and the wages of the town Sargent to drive the Mayor around as well.
Yep, there goes another one!
[quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Suntanned Snowman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: “Due to reduced funding from central government and rising costs and demand for council services we’ve had to make significant savings" This excuse doesn't wash, how many years have you been aware of the cuts Letts? You had plenty of time to reduce spending and look at other avenues to raise revenue. But you didn't, so don't try and make out severe cuts have been sprung on you out of nowhere. You're a weak leader running a weak administration pointing the blame everywhere but at yourselves. Let's hope the registration plate remains on the minibus for the foreseeable future and it's not an attempt to gradually remove it from public view before trying to sell it.[/p][/quote]Lets hope that the Mayor and future Mayors use the mini-bus to attend official appointments instead of the gas guzzling motor they use now, sell off the car, keep the number plate, you'll get more cash the car.[/p][/quote]Best to read the article before making stupid comments. The Diesel Jaguar will be far.more economical than a large Transit could ever be. Well done H A Fox! Shame the Jag can't have TR1 though[/p][/quote]Oh dear have I upset you, granted I failed to read the report in full, however as for making stupid comments, I suppose HA Fox will be paying for the insurance and petrol and the wages of the town Sargent to drive the Mayor around as well.[/p][/quote]Yep, there goes another one! Suntanned Snowman
  • Score: 0

8:32pm Tue 4 Feb 14

geoff51 says...

Typical Labour party Union puppets!
Sell the family silver, TR1, probably the most famous number plate in the City just to reinstate the pay for the union men as the union pull the strings.
Have they no civic pride or shame at their actions?
For the number plate to end up on a council van shows that the Labour administration care nothing for this City and its heritage.
Kick them out ASAP before they sell the Civic Centre!
Typical Labour party Union puppets! Sell the family silver, TR1, probably the most famous number plate in the City just to reinstate the pay for the union men as the union pull the strings. Have they no civic pride or shame at their actions? For the number plate to end up on a council van shows that the Labour administration care nothing for this City and its heritage. Kick them out ASAP before they sell the Civic Centre! geoff51
  • Score: 0

9:16pm Tue 4 Feb 14

SotonLad says...

What does TR1 mean? I've never seen it in the city. If it's worth cash get it sold - no need to hold onto such assets in this time of money problems.
What does TR1 mean? I've never seen it in the city. If it's worth cash get it sold - no need to hold onto such assets in this time of money problems. SotonLad
  • Score: 0

12:23am Wed 5 Feb 14

southamptonadi says...

Was it purchased by someone then put on the minibus or did it just get transferred over because if that's case why not just keep it on the mayors car. The whole point of taking it away from the mayor was to raise quarter of a million selling it not just put it on a community bus. What do thy care?
Was it purchased by someone then put on the minibus or did it just get transferred over because if that's case why not just keep it on the mayors car. The whole point of taking it away from the mayor was to raise quarter of a million selling it not just put it on a community bus. What do thy care? southamptonadi
  • Score: 0

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