THE LEADER of Greenwich Conservatives has questioned why the District Auditor didn't raise the handling of the bungled foot tunnel refurbishments in her report on the council's performance.
The District Auditor's Annual Audit Letter, a summary of her 2011/2012 audit, was published at last night's full meeting of the council.
"I concluded that you have made proper arrangements to secure economy, efficiency and effectiveness in your use of resources," wrote the District Auditor in the letter.
But the council itself admitted last month that its £11.5million refurbishment of Greenwich and Woolwich foot tunnels had gone wrong over the last two years and announced it would commission in an independent review of its procedures.
Tory leader Spencer Drury told councillors that the "serious mismanagement" of the project should have been mentioned by the District Auditor.
"Surely, the District Auditor should be mentioning that sort of concern in a letter which is supposed to reflect the procedures and financial performance of the borough.
"The District Auditor is the person I look to to provide us with some assurance about what's going on. I don't think this letter reflects the serious concerns which we should have been aware of and we should expect the District Auditor to make us aware of."
Councillor Peter Brooks, deputy leader of the Council, said the report represented another positive year for the council.
"It's pleasing to note the council continues to demonstrate strong financial resilience despite government cuts and the economic downturn," he said.
Also from last night's council meeting
- Cllr John Fahy said council officers were working through the draft report by the NHS Trust Special Administrator (TSA) to come up with a response. He said the report was "probably better than we expected... there are obviously some positives and some serious negatives particularly in regards to waiting times."
- Cllr Fahy also revealed that the Special Administrator had been invited to a Scrutiny Panel meeting, open to the public, on November 15th and said the council wanted the TSA to hold more public meetings across the borough.
- Severndroog Castle restoration expected to be completed by Autumn 2013, said Councillor Denise Hyland
- Cllr Hyland also stated that she expected Circus Field to be reinstated by Spring 2013.
- Councillor Maureen O'Mara admitted "errors" in the way the Run to the Beat event was handled.
- The effectiveness of barriers erected in the Greenwich Foot Tunnel will shortly be reviewed, said Cllr Hyland.