Reader letter: Council has made a series of catastrophic decisions

PUBLISHED: 11:51 02 February 2018

Mr Gilden wasn't impressed with the 'Postwick fiasco' 
 Picture: Mike Page

Mr Gilden wasn't impressed with the 'Postwick fiasco' Picture: Mike Page

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One reader is frustrated with the council’s endless bad making decision making.

I can but wonder how many more catastrophic decisions our county council will come up with.

First we were assured that the NDR was a fully costed project, we then watched as this “ fully costed” began swallowing more and more money, while the councillors kept assuring us that it represent excellent value.

Then along came the Postwick fiasco what with failed traffic management problems — traffic surveys being aborted in under an hour because of the traffic jams caused entirely by the survey. Then they had to borrow £10m from another quango to attempt to gloss over this oversight. Next they appointed consultants to negotiate price reductions with the contractor (we were never told either the cost of this or even if it achieved its aims). Then a master stroke when they awarded themselves an increase of 11pc followed by the leader claiming that he had always thought the final cost would be £205m (one can only wonder why he choose not to say anything before). Then they tell us that the money used to keep up the payments to the contractor should have been used to repair the roads and was no longer available.

Then another master stroke by increasing the council tax by more than 6pc. And only then sharing the news that we would be repaying this over the next 50 years, by which time these people will all be retired with no risks of being held responsible.

Honestly this beats anything that Freddie Forsyth could have written.

Let’s hope that these folks will be remembered at the time of the next general election.

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