We must learn from costly errors made
Reference the letter in your last issue from Cllr Bernard Heyes, chairman of the Joint Transportation Board. Yes Kent County Council (KCC) was responsible for the shared space contract, but guess what, the consultants’ report suggests that no individual is to blame for the costly errors made. Residents have grounds for concern.
The reason I have asked Ashford Borough Council (ABC) to draw up and implement a Code of Conduct for future contracts is to hold KCC and other outside contractors fully accountable.
The Code would include a business review on contract completion so that errors are identified to avoid repetition and successes built on. Standard practice in the private sector.
In this case, residents should remember that most of the local taxes (rates) we pay go to KCC, so the shared space overspend could be our money misspent in our town.
Apart from the sheer loss of capital so far, I am told that the upkeep and repair contract will revert to ABC, i.e. a future cost to you and me. If we don’t recognise what has happened, we will never learn. Cllr Peter Davison, leader, Ashford Independents Birchett Lane, Orlestone, Ashford