LETTER: The cost of the Aire Valley National Highway bridge is “a scandal”
AFTER reading the Keighley News headline regarding the cost of the âforgottenâ Aire Valley National Highway bridge, I can only say that the matter is becoming – or has become – a scandal.
I wrote to the Keighley News on March 13, 2019 about the waste of taxpayer money on various planned council activities – in my inept opinion.
Over Â£ 3.7million has been spent on some (I repeat, some) feasibility studies as stated in my published letter, the figures being obtained through the Freedom of Information Act process.
One of these costs was related to the aforementioned bridge âstudyâ, with the study costing the mouth water of Â£ 120,000!
Now we learn that another study program has been launched and that the cost of the bridge – connecting Steeton and Silsden – has become a number only said council could have the nerve to divulge.
Who, why, what are the criteria behind these extraordinary figures with which we as taxpayers are supposed to be satisfied?
Maybe someone who is independent from the actions of this board should be employed to check and price the various incredible acts.
And please don’t mention the child welfare service in that council; maybe a reshuffle is needed.
A disgusted taxpayer.
Brian Hinchliffe, Marsh, Oxenhope
A spokesperson for the Bradford council said: âThe council executive committee will receive an update on the development of the Steeton and Silsden crossing project at its meeting tomorrow (January 4).
“The executive will review a report outlining the background to the program and options, including costs and benefits. Subject to the decision made at the meeting, further work will be done to develop the full business case which will include a public consultation. ”
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