We must learn from costly er­rors made

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - ‘when I Saw The Car I Burst Out Crying’ -

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

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