Council refuses to reveal study cost

DUDLEY Council has refused to confess how much taxpayers' cash is being spent on the glass feasibility study.

Stourbridge resident Major Robbins urged Tory council bosses to declare the cost of the study - being carried out by L&R Consulting - at last night’s joint meeting of Brierley Hill and Stourbridge Area Commitees at Wordsley Community Centre.

But director of the urban environment John Millar said the information was “commercially sensitive” and could not be released.

With legal advisor Helen Kidd adding: “It’s right and proper for the council not to reveal that information.”

However Major Robbins disagreed, saying:: “It’s not now commercially sensitive - the contract has been placed. We need to know how much this consultation is costing.”

Kingswinford councillor Dave Tyler later told the meeting he too had not been privvy to the consultants’ fees - but said he didn’t think there would be “much change out of £30,000”.

Stourbridge councillor Les Jones, Dudley’s deputy leader, defended the council’s decision to commission the study, saying: “Yes we could do anything on a shoestring, but this is too important to rely on people whose day job isn’t to look at the wider aspects of this issue.”

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2:12pm Fri 24 Jul 09

The Villan says...

Yet another debacle by Dudley MBC. They really are out of touch with fiscal management.

What a bunch of contradictory idiots!

"I know" said the council, "lets save £120k by closing the Broadfield Museum but lets us spend 25% of the annual expenditure on a feasibility study".

They vote for 25% salary increases, now they spend 25% on a study. A pattern is beginning to appear...... Beggars belief. So lets vote the buggers out at the next election.
Yet another debacle by Dudley MBC. They really are out of touch with fiscal management. What a bunch of contradictory idiots! "I know" said the council, "lets save £120k by closing the Broadfield Museum but lets us spend 25% of the annual expenditure on a feasibility study". They vote for 25% salary increases, now they spend 25% on a study. A pattern is beginning to appear...... Beggars belief. So lets vote the buggers out at the next election. The Villan
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4:52pm Fri 24 Jul 09

neil53 says...

Okay Helen Kidd, by what law is the council entitled to keep quiet about the financial details?

Have you forgotten you live in a democracy?
Shame on you Go to Communist China where you surely belong.
Okay Helen Kidd, by what law is the council entitled to keep quiet about the financial details? Have you forgotten you live in a democracy? Shame on you Go to Communist China where you surely belong. neil53
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4:57pm Fri 24 Jul 09

neil53 says...

Le Jones,

Stop defending the undefendable. Any taxpayer in any town , city and village is privy to this kind of information!
Goodness knows what you lot mean by "commercially sensitive information." Can you please explain?
Le Jones, Stop defending the undefendable. Any taxpayer in any town , city and village is privy to this kind of information! Goodness knows what you lot mean by "commercially sensitive information." Can you please explain? neil53
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5:01pm Fri 24 Jul 09

neil53 says...

John Millar,Stop messing around with consultancy fees. Move the collectio to the zoo, the castle or Woolies or leave it where it is.Taxpayers' money should be spent on social care-especially for a growing elderly poulation.
Many of us are sick of councillors' delusions of grandeur when their brains are clearly half-dead anyway.
John Millar,Stop messing around with consultancy fees. Move the collectio to the zoo, the castle or Woolies or leave it where it is.Taxpayers' money should be spent on social care-especially for a growing elderly poulation. Many of us are sick of councillors' delusions of grandeur when their brains are clearly half-dead anyway. neil53
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9:10pm Fri 24 Jul 09

AnneN says...

Freedom of Information Act 2000 request anyone?
Freedom of Information Act 2000 request anyone? AnneN
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7:49am Sat 25 Jul 09

neil53 says...

Dudley councillors exceed the stupidity limits yet again.
IQ and maths tests for ALL councillors in future.
From personal experience I can inform all readers that there are members of the planning committee who don't know metres from their elbows, rather unfortunate when it comes to approving lare fences as they did for example at Treherne's farm, Stourbridge.
Dudley councillors exceed the stupidity limits yet again. IQ and maths tests for ALL councillors in future. From personal experience I can inform all readers that there are members of the planning committee who don't know metres from their elbows, rather unfortunate when it comes to approving lare fences as they did for example at Treherne's farm, Stourbridge. neil53
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8:00am Sat 25 Jul 09

neil53 says...

In the last post, please read "high" fences.
In the last post, please read "high" fences. neil53
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8:26am Sat 25 Jul 09

neil53 says...

A case for rottencouncil.co.uk?
A case for rottencouncil.co.uk? neil53
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7:25am Sun 26 Jul 09

neil53 says...

What on earth is the Chief Financial Officer doing, allowing all this expenditure on consultants and hot air?
One would think his bean-counting should be a little more effective and put the needs and desires of the taxpayer first.
What on earth is the Chief Financial Officer doing, allowing all this expenditure on consultants and hot air? One would think his bean-counting should be a little more effective and put the needs and desires of the taxpayer first. neil53
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7:34am Sun 26 Jul 09

neil53 says...

This article makes it sound, probably unintentionally, that Ms. Kidd ( Council Legal Department) is actively colluding with a council officer.
This article makes it sound, probably unintentionally, that Ms. Kidd ( Council Legal Department) is actively colluding with a council officer. neil53
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