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Bedford Western Bypass - Why in Private?

Thursday 22nd April

The commercial nature of a report to be considered by Bedford Borough Council, looking at additional costs identified for the completion of the first phase of the western bypass, means it will have to be considered in private session.

The costs stem from work that took place prior to 31st March 2009, when the contract was managed by Bedfordshire County Council. The report includes detailed information about claims for additional costs from the contractor. The Mayor and Councillors will be considering these figures as well as legal advice that will require the debate to take place after the public session of tonight’s Executive meeting.

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said:

“We want the details of this report to be in the public arena, and they will be, once the costs are finalised and a clear and accurate picture can be released. These additional costs stem from works and events that took place under the former County Council but we will be looking closely at how this was allowed to come about and resisting unsubstantiated claims for costs. Unfortunately to be able to do this we have to consider the report in private session due to the commercial information that it covers. We are a fully transparent council and it has only been due to financial and legal ramifications that we have been forced to accept a delay in this information being made available in the public arena.”

The report will consider the current legal and financial position relating to the road, which opened last December. It is intended that a further report will be published once the contractual position, in respect of the claims, has been investigated and resolved.

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