造橋經過他家的河 波福公爵獲賠千萬(Duke Gets £280,000 of Public Funds for Bridge over His River)

英格蘭有錢的公爵波福,最近有了一筆意外的收入,二十八萬英鎊,大約一千五百萬台幣,因為地方政府修橋,經過他家的河床。當地民眾認為有錢人還拿這筆納稅人的血汗錢,實在太超過。

波福公爵有塊采邑在威爾斯的史旺西。四百年前,查爾斯二世把當地塔威河的一段河床賞給了波福公爵。依照英國法律,公共建築經過私人產業必須付補償金。最近史旺西市政府在塔威河上,蓋了一座二十一公尺長的行人陸橋。照規定給了波福公爵二十八萬英鎊的補償金。

當地居民說,波福是有錢人,名下財產高達一億三千萬英鎊。百姓生活拮据,卻還要拿錢補償他實在沒有道理。也有人說,波福的做法有點山大王坐地分贓的意思,實在不足取。

來源:Yahoo!奇摩新聞

One of Britain’s richest men has been given nearly £300,000 in taxpayers’ money for letting a footbridge be built across a riverbed.

Protesters yesterday hit out at the payout from public money to the Duke of Beaufort, who already has a £130million fortune.

The footbridge across the River Tawe in Swansea – given to the duke’s ancestors by King Charles II – links a new shopping centre with Liberty Stadium. Council chiefs needed the duke to approve an "easement order" for the project.

The £281,431 payment – which includes legal costs – to the duke, 80, was revealed under the Freedom of Information Act.

Councillor Ioan Richard said: "It’s crazy that taxpayers are having to fork out to a man who is worth millions of pounds".

And shopper Liz Leyshon, 42, said yesterday: "It is obscene, really." But a council spokesman said: "Any developer looking to build on or over privately owned land has to pay a sum to the landowner for a legal easement, if required."

A spokesman for the duke’s estate said: "We do not want to comment on a private transaction."

新聞來源:Mirror News

 

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