Friday, August 10, 2007

Bill trebles for road that cost Tory Leader his freedom...

The road project that led to the jailing of former Tory Leader of Lincolnshire County Council Jim Speechley is back in the news after it has been revealed that it is to cost more than three times original estimates - and that's before work has even started.

Speechley went to prison three years ago for dishonestly attempting to influence the route of the A1073 round Crowland.

But work on the controversial road has still not even begun - latest start date is next April.

Meanwhile, delays and engineering complications have seen the estimate cost soar from £24 million to over £80 million.

So the road is costing us all much more than we bargained for - not just Jim Speechley!

As county councillor for Deeping St James, I have serious concerns about the spiralling costs of the road and intend asking a number of questions.

More later...

Manwhile, the Lincolnshire Echo report on the rising costs...

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