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Shocking incompetence: £125,000 goes left unclaimed by Tories

06.14.10 | Comment?

Have West Lancs Tories patented incompetence when it comes to transport provision?

As I reported here, consultants reported two years ago on the need for a community transport scheme to meet the work travel needs of the people of Skelmersdale, where car ownership remains low.

According to the council’s own Key Decision Forward Plan, this matter should have been going to cabinet for a decision tomorrow.

That would be at the EIGHTH time of asking.

But it’s not on the cabinet agenda.  Apparently more time is needed by the steering group!

If it does make it to the next cabinet in September, it will have been nearly two and a half years since the original recommendation.  The county council has, I understand, now withdrawn its offer of two free buses, because of the borough council’s inability to get its act together.  This is despite the council getting nearly £1o,000 in additional consultancy support from the Local Strategic Partnership – money that could have bee spent on something worthwhile.

Meanwhile, all the ‘commuted sum’ monies allocated to the project remain sitting with the Excel Business Park developer, unclaimed by the council because it hasn’t been able to come up with something to spend it on.

That’s £125,000 unclaimed.

That’s £125,000 that should have been spent on projects to the benefit of West Lancashire.  That’s £125,000 that was agreed with the developer 10 years ago.   That’s the £125,000 that they forgot about in the first place, and about which I reminded them nearly two years ago.

Utter, utter incompetence.

Bickerstaffe residents with long memories will even remember that I fought for the inclusion of Bickerstaffe within the scope of the new scheme, and obtained a promise that routes within the ward would be considered.

It’s just as well I didn’t bank on the scheme coming through.  The new 319 service serving the hitherto ignored Rainford Bypass area, began months ago, and is doing very well.

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