Council Chambers revamp
8:01am Thursday 31st October 2013 in Letters
I HAVE noticed that recently it has been revealed that a revamp/refit of the council chambers has cost the taxpayer almost, if not more than, a quarter of a million pounds.
Sixty new chairs costing between £569 and £786 each is scandalous in these times of economic austerity. Who is responsible for this ridiculous waste of public money?
Another example of total neglect of duty and scrutiny of the wasteful spending of taxpayers money by this council is the saga of the wasting of money on the temporary car park at Nells Point Barry Island which last year alone cost £500,000 and this year they spent a further £360,000 on it. They installed temporary portable toilets adjacent to the severely neglected and run down public convenience block which is a listed building. These portable toilets cost the taxpayer £700 per week and they did not even have hand washing facilities. They now propose to spend a further sum of money on building a new toilet block on the eastern end of the promenade, this is alleged to be going to cost in the region of £750,000 to £1,000,000. The money they have wasted so far this and last year would have more than covered the cost of refurbishing the currently neglected public convenience block at Nells Point also bearing in mind they would not then need to waste up to a million pounds on a new facility on the promenade. They have decided also to waste more money on beach huts at the promenade costing allegedly upwards of £1000,00 each. Whilst these beach huts sound like a good idea the will end up burnt out or vandalised as soon as they are put on site.
The council say that the vacant land/car park at Nell's point is now up for sale at which point if developers move in the temporary car park will be ripped up. The Caravan Club of Great Britain expressed an interest in the Nells Point Site in 2010 before any money was spent on the temporary car park. If the Caravan Club's proposals had been accepted it would have provided much needed accommodation for Barry Island and stimulated the economy of the area. This option of a caravan park for inward bound tourists was expressed in The Humberts Report and The Collins Report as the least risky operation for Nells Point and was backed by The Barry Town Council, Arriva Trains Wales. Cardiff Bus, and Cardiff Wales Airport. Sadly the major projects manager for the Vale Council John Dent failed to act on or seize the opportunity to stimulate the economy of Barry Island. Why are we paying this man for failing to seize such a golden opportunity? Why do we have excuses from the cabinet member for regeneration as to why The Welsh Government refused the Councils bid for £15 million in regeneration money? The answer is simple, total incompetence lack of insight, out of depth with the job required for success and the complete unadulterated waste of public money. As long as we keep paying wages to these individuals Barry and Barry Island is destined to fail in economical terms.