Legoland in Billund is one of Denmark’s most popular tourist attractions, but for Scottish politician Martin Kitts-Hayes it is apparently so “disgusting” that he was willing to waste £5,000 (48,375 kroner) of taxpayer money and leave the amusement park after being there for less than two hours.
Kitts-Hayes flew to Billund for a conference on North Sea jobs but turned around and left when he found the Legoland accommodations not up to his standards, the Daily Record reported.
The newspaper wrote that Kitts-Hayes was at his rental residence in Legoland’s Wild West Cabins for less than two hours before leaving it in a huff and demanding a flight back to Scotland. The Aberdeenshire Councilman made the others in his delegation leave as well.
Kitts-Hayes, who the Daily Record reports is orchestrating £28 million of austerity cuts, defended his decision to leave Legoland.
“We tried to get alternative accommodation and couldn’t, so we came back. The accommodation was disgusting. It was worse than a B&B – it was a shed. We were in what was described as holiday chalets which were basically sheds,” he told the newspaper.
“We don’t want to be wasting council money. But we expect a certain standard,” he added.
A staff member at the Aberdeenshire Council told the Daily Record that workers were furious with Kitts-Hayes’s wasteful trip.
“It makes me really angry because we’re facing millions of pounds worth of cuts. Kitts-Hayes was one of the main spokespeople for the cuts, saying we have to make efficiencies across the council cutting frontline services,” the anonymous staffer said.
“We are under unrelenting pressure to reduce our costs, but it’s obviously a case of one rule for them and another for the lowly administrators,” they added.
A Legoland spokesman told The Local that the delegation did not file any complaint before checking out.
“The delegation booked three Wild West cabins in our holiday village after the official deadline for the conference registration,” Legoland's PR coordinator Kasper Tangsig said. “Our staff asked if there was any problems with the accommodation but they said they had to go home.”