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£250,000 of Council Tax funds wasted

March 1, 2018 4:40 PM

Burning noteThe Conservative-controlled South Hams District Council has, over the past 18 months, wasted £250,000 on failed projects.

  • They tried, and failed, to set up a 'local authority controlled company', which would have privatised all council services.
  • They sank SHDC Council Tax money into plans for a "K2" Kingsbridge Quayside Development, and only afterwards asked Kingsbridge Town Council to come on board, only to discover their plans did not have community support!
  • They wasted money, and time, planning to buy a commercial property portfolio that would have used up to £80 million of borrowed money - at council taxpayers' risk.
  • They hired external consultants as part of the proposal to push through the merger with West Devon Borough Council, only for West Devon to throw out the plan.

Failed Projects opposed by Lib Dems

Lib Dem councillors opposed all these schemes. We would rather have seen the £250,000 spent on projects that benefit the community, and employing more staff to improve the council's services.

There is a shocking lack of joined up thinking going on at local government level, where we have, for example, a planning department tasked with making important decisions but no staff to enforce them.