A NEW audiovisual system costing £70,000 could be installed at Henley town hall.
Henley Theatre Services would provide the system, which includes sound, vision and lighting equipment.
The council’s finance strategy and management committee had recommended budgeting the full amount of £70,000 but at a meeting last week Councillor Dylan Thomas suggested opting for a cheaper system.
He said: “I’ve had the opportunity to look at the costings and I’m not confident that we are getting full value for money — £70,000 is a lot for what we want to do.
“I don’t object to the AV system if it increases bookings and is financially viable but we need continuous investment to get the latest technology.
“I think we should look to spend £40,000, £35,000 on equipment and £5,000 on marketing the hall, which would be led by the town centre manager.”
Councillors agreed that no research had been done on what could be bought for £35,000 and suggested a working group looked into it for a future meeting.
Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak said: “We’ve been given a recommendation for the ‘Rolls-Royce’ £70,000 system. Where is the information on the ‘Mini Cooper’ version?”
Councillor Ian Reissmann added: “It’s too early to start putting sums of money into the budget so we should get a report on how much revenue we could raise with the new system.”