紐瓦克停車場的傳奇。議會砍伐樹木的轉折花費了50萬英鎊

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紐瓦克停車場的傳奇。議會砍伐樹木的轉折花費了50萬英鎊

紐瓦克和舍伍德區議會準備砍掉四棵樹,為紐瓦克市倫敦路的擴建工程讓路。

根據 "地方民主報告服務 "看到的 "保證林肯郡 "的報告,該委員會 "並不總是符合地方政府所期望的良好治理原則,也沒有清楚地表明資金的價值"。

它補充說。"雖然我們承認正在考慮的事項的商業敏感性--關鍵的利益相關者在這個過程的早期階段很少有機會與理事會有效地接觸。

"議會在倫敦路停車場擴建交易結束時發現自己所處的情況,意味着它處於一個'最差'選項的位置,而這並不一定是財務方面的最佳價值選項。"

該協議承諾議會將建設該停車場,並在最初的兩年免租期後,每年向該公司支付3萬英鎊的租金,為期25年。

去年11月,議會推翻了這一決定,同意以45萬英鎊的價格買回土地,並且不建造停車場的擴建部分,以確保這些樹木不被砍伐--儘管其中一棵在被發現有病害後被砍掉了。

保護紐瓦克的綠色空間 "的聲明說。"我們希望NSDC的官員和成員......能夠公開並真誠地向整個地區的納稅人道歉,因為他們的管理和盡職調查的失敗,浪費了他們這麼多的錢。"

報告發現,出售市政大樓和相鄰的土地,租回土地和隨後買回土地,已經花費了議會超過50萬英鎊。

紐瓦克和舍伍德區議會的首席執行官John Robinson說。"很正確的是,人們對議會如何發現自己處於這種情況提出了疑問,這也是獨立審查的重點。

"審查強調了我們做錯的事情和我們應該做得更好的事情。我們需要對這些事情舉起手來,並從中學習。"


Four trees were set to be chopped down by Newark and Sherwood District Council to make way for the extension in London Road, Newark.

According to the report by Assurance Lincolnshire, seen by the Local Democracy Reporting Service, the council "did not always conform to good governance principles expected in local government nor clearly demonstrate value for money".

It adds: "Whilst we acknowledge the commercial sensitivity of the matters under consideration - key stakeholders had very little opportunity to effectively engage with the council in the early stages of the process.

"The situation the council found itself in at the end of the transaction for the London Road car park extension meant that it was in a position of moving forward with a 'least worst' option - which was not necessarily the best value option in financial terms."

The agreement committed the council to building the car park and to pay the company £30,000 per year in rent for 25 years, following an initial two-year, rent-free period.

The council reversed the decision in November last year, agreeing to buy back the land for £450,000 and not build the car park extension, ensuring the trees escaped being felled - though one has since been chopped down after being found to be diseased.

A statement from Protect Newark's Green Spaces said: "We expect that NSDC officers and members... will publicly and sincerely apologise to council taxpayers across the district for their failures of governance and due diligence which have wasted so much of their money."

The report found the sale of the municipal building and adjoining land, the lease back of the land and the subsequent buy back of the land has cost the council more than £500,000.

John Robinson, chief executive of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: "Quite rightly, questions were asked about how the council found itself in this situation and this has been the focus of the independent review.

"The review highlights things that we got wrong and things we should have done better. We need to hold our hands up to these things and learn from them."

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