Sheffield Council spent more than £30,000 on overseas trips to China connected to an investment deal with a construction firm whose plans to turn the city’s central library into a five-star hotel have collapsed, The Yorkshire Post can reveal.
Figures revealed under Freedom of Information laws show how that in the 18 months between January 2016 and July 2017 council officials, including leader Julie Dore on one occasion, made multiple trips to China as they pursued a deal with Sichuan Guodong Group, as well as other investment opportunities.
Over £14,800 was spent on hotels and more than £16,000 on air fares, analysis of figures provided to The Yorkshire Post by the What Do They Know? website shows.
It is understood not all the spending related to activities solely connected with the Guodong Group deal.