Coun­cil HQ re­vamp branded ‘ridicu­lous’

Ina Lawrie Michael Radi­gan Tom Hor­ton Nikki Musgrave Read­ers blast £330k Civic Cen­tre re­furb

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ben Ramage

Can’t jus­tify it Get pri­or­i­ties right Ab­so­lutely ridicu­lous It’s di­a­bol­i­cal

Last week the Wishaw Press re­vealed that coun­cil bosses are set to spend more than £330,000 on up­grades to their head­quar­ters at the Civic Cen­tre in Mother­well.

The works, to al­low se­nior mem­bers to move from the ground floor to the first and fifth floors, in­clude of­fice layout al­ter­ations, heat­ing and re­dec­o­ra­tion works, re­fur­bish­ment of the toi­lets and im­prove­ments to a shower area.

We went out to speak to our read­ers to see what they thought of the spend­ing in light of re­cently con­firmed bud­get cuts.

Nikki Musgrave, from Bell­shill, said: “If peo­ple in Wishaw are go­ing to food­banks, how can they jus­tify spend­ing that much on some­thing like that? It’s di­a­bol­i­cal. They should be spend­ing that money on lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. I un­der­stand cuts have to be made but this is just not jus­ti­fi­able.”

Ina Lawrie, from Wishaw, said: “I think it’s an ab­so­lutely aw­ful use of public money. There are of­fices clos­ing and jobs go­ing ev­ery­where at the mo­ment. How can they jus­tify this now?”

Wishaw man Michael Radi­gan said: “It’s an ab­so­lute abuse of public money. There is al­ways some­thing bet­ter to spend the money on and this is just an­other one of those where they haven’t got their pri­or­i­ties right.”

Tom Hor­ton, from Wishaw, said: “It’s ab­so­lutely ridicu­lous and it’s very hard to swal­low at a time like this. They could have spent that money much more wisely.”

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