COUNCILLOR Davie Paterson has slammed the local authority over the purchase of two new coffee machines at a cost of £6,000 each.
They have been bought to replace machines that were over three years old.
But Councillor Paterson believed that during times of austerity, when cuts are being made across the board, the money could have been spent more effectively elsewhere.
He said: “I don’t think there’s a need for it at this present time when everyone else is having to make savings.” But Alistair McIntyre, Scottish Borders Council’s catering services manager, revealed that the machines, which will operate on a token basis, have a life expectancy of three years and will produce around 45,000 hot drinks annually.
He also said that, as part of the deal, they also received a good deal of stock to offset initial costs to the value of £1,250.
He said: “The machines will pay for themselves several times during their working life.”