£641,400 for a temporary solution – tax-payers money spent on the whim of one councillor
March 19, 2014 7 Comments
The ‘very early indicative costs’ for siting a coach park at Warrior Square is £641,400. One can imagine this rising. I find it rather a lot of money. Seemingly this amount can be spent on the say-so of one councillor.
Believe it or not, this is the cheapest solution of the costings I have seen. Southchurch Park East, which combined with a seafront dropping off and picking up spot would be my preference, comes in at £1,119,572.
I have no reason to doubt these figures; equally I have no reason to accept them either. So far the whole sorry saga is a fait accompli as regards this humble councillor.
It will now go through the planning process, and this will be brought before the seventeen councillors at Development Control Committee. Their remit will be to examine using strict planning criteria only. At no point, as far as I can ascertain, will anyone be allowed to query how nearly two-thirds of a million pounds can be spent with nothing resembling democratic oversight.
I hear rumours about the site of the old swimming pool and how it is likely, at some point in the future, to see a high-rise of some sorts. This could make the coach park a mere ephemera – which makes the spend quite frivolous. If we are going to have this damnable coach park, can we at least have an assurance that tax-payers money is not about to be wasted as soon as a developer can sense a sizeable profit on the horizon?