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6:04pm Friday 16th March 2012 in Letters
Sir, – Several years ago Richmondshire District Council (RDC) carried out an upgrade of some council properties in Gayle, near Hawes. The D&S reported this as the Gayle housing fiasco. Tenants had been told the work would take five days but it finally took nine months.
The council convened a Scrutiny Committee which concluded drawings were not correctly drawn, project planning was very poor. The system failed from every angle .
Managers, just like everyone else, are allowed to make occasional mistakes but a manager on a salary in excess of £60,000 should not get everything wrong. If you question the council today about this they will say that “we have learned lessons” sadly that is not correct.
I followed several jobs with the council, one took them between six and nin months to resolve; a private company took 15 minutes to do the same work. On another job, over three years the council has done the work three times because it keeps getting it wrong. No privately-run company could work in this manner.
Now we are told that the chief executive is on “gardening leave” and may cost the taxpayer more than £300,000 to buy him out. Someone in the council is having a very expensive joke on us and it has to stop.
But who is going to help us? Neither the council or councillors will help and I do not expect our MPs to help, even though the government tell us that managers should be paid for results.
The council should employ competent managers to do cost effective work. Our councillors should ensure that they work in a professional manner. We need an urgent independent review and some proper guidelines set out.
BRIAN TYLDESLEY Middleham.
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