Coun­cil claim angers road con­trac­tor in lat­est twist

Birmingham Post - - FRONT PAGE - Carl Jack­son Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­porter

ROAD con­trac­tor Amey has been ac­cused of re­fus­ing a court or­der to pay back £60 mil­lion to Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil.

But the firm has re­buffed the claim, hit­ting back by say­ing the coun­cil has not paid them a sin­gle penny this year while they have main­tain­ing the roads.

The fresh row is the lat­est twist in the long-run­ning dis­pute which dates back to 2014.

Kevin Hicks, the coun­cil’s as­sis­tant direc­tor for high­ways and in­fra­struc­ture, told the coun­cil’s au­dit com­mit­tee: “We have got a dis­pute with Amey; we are work­ing with ev­ery- car­ried on body in­volved to try and find a res­o­lu­tion that achieves the de­liv­ery that we ex­pected, and re­quire from the con­tract.”

Amey and the coun­cil em­barked on a 25-year pri­vate fi­nance ini­tia­tive con­tract in June 2010 worth £2.7 bil­lion.

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