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Labour would not be spending money “building palaces for the council”

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South Shields’ MP David Miliband makes strange claim while campaigning in Telford

Video from The Shropshire Star.

I raise this matter following the expression of a number of complaints in South Shields regarding the building of the new BT South Tyneside HQ at Harton Staithes. Yes, it is a bit late to be complaining long after the consultation period has ended and as the building nears completion, but we have to hope that the capital investment will create considerable cost savings over the next couple of decades, however a little more transparency over the financing of the project might have been a good idea.

The fact that BT is contributing so little is rather worrying but it does leave the door open for a further transfer of staff and jobs to another provider sometime in the future if the promised cost savings do not materialise. Still, it is £9m spent on a “palace for the council” at a time when we can see buildings such as South Tyneside House in Westoe Road, South Shields continuing to be under used or standing vacant.

I just see this as another example of some of the rather odd positions taken by our MP, stamping around the country decrying investments by a Conservative council in Telford (which has been paid for by the sale of other assets) whilst his own constituency council is doing exactly what he complains about!

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Written by curly

April 11, 2011 at 10:47 am

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  1. How can you have transparency over the deal regarding the building of the new BT offices?
    The council (in the Gazette) stated they would recover the cost of the fourteen year loan during the course of its contract with BT.
    However, as published in the Gazette, the deal with BT is a ten year contract and we are already into year two or three.
    Has the council extended the contract without any publicity?


    April 11, 2011 at 2:25 pm

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