3rd February 2010, 11:10
Hartlepool Council pays almost £500,000 to the firm scrapping so-called "ghost ships", to cover the costs of a public inquiry.
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3rd February 2010, 11:34
Should that read, "Hartlepool Council Tax Payers" pays almost £500,000....etc". The public pay, the Council spends.
3rd February 2010, 12:37
Very expensive jobs for the local market!
3rd February 2010, 12:54
Well, let's hope that the electorate of Hartlepool remember just who was responsible for the costs incurred at Election time, eh?
7th February 2010, 12:35
It could of been even higher the figure awarded to Able UK.
The council planning inspectors put a yes forward to the planning committee. But local councillors listened to the mis-information and untruths that local campaign group Friends of Hartlepool were sprouting off to the public and to the councillors. The councillors listened to them and the majority of the councillors kept rejecting Able UK's plans.
So this group has cost the tax payers just over £470k and also has cost the local economy about 4-5 years of lost work which was worth well into the 10's of millions of pounds, if not pushed into £100m's.