By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 01 November 2013 Updated: 01/11 08:00
THE LEADER of the council has been accused of being ‘out of touch’ with the building industry after suggesting firms had hiked up prices for work on the town’s cemetery toilets.
The Standard reported last week Coun Roger Hollingworth had hit out at companies, who quoted more than £37,000 for the work which the council had allocated £25,000 for following a quote by an architect.
But Gary Reynold from PWR Builders, which was one of the businesses who tendered for the contract, said the specification was higher to ensure little maintenance was necessary and the work would stand up to any potential vandalism.
“We are at a loss to know why Coun Hollingworth believes that the arbitrary £25,000 should be sufficient to cover the cost of the building and would suggest, even if he has a background in the construction industry, he is out of touch with current material and labour costs.
“To this end we would welcome a meeting with the council to present a breakdown of our costs in the hope that the public be made aware that there are genuine building companies around striving to make a living in today’s competitive world.”
But Coun Hollingworth said he had been told by officers the £25,000 was enough to cover the work. He pointed out his own house had only cost £90,000 to build which included a DDA-compliant toilet and the builders he had used would have made a profit.
He added a total of £200,000 had been spent on the entire toilet block in the town centre, which included disabled and changing facilities and had won an award - whereas he felt there was much less work involved in the one-block toilet at the cemetery which already had the pipework going to it.
“I have raised the question and am getting some responses, I am going to talk to them and will investigate what is going on with procurement as I really want to sort it out.”
He added he would welcome a meeting with PWR to discuss the matter but he also wanted to look at the council’s tendering process as a whole.
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