The Croydon Guardian reports that Croydon Council have incurred legal costs of £180K:
"After an eight-week inquiry into the Gateway scheme Croydon Council has been left with a bill of around £180,000.
This is just the costs the council has to cover, which pays for its legal advice."
Looks like we're going to need a few payday loans!
Why is it then that Phillip Goodwin, Croydon Council's Director of Planning and Transportation, wrote to Andrew Pelling on 30 January 2007 and told him:
"Almost all of the Gateway CPO costs will be 'direct' and therefore the responsibility of Arrowcroft...
The only costs the Council has to meet are ongoing internal staffing costs..."
How very curious!
Why would he say that then?
I have emailed Councillor Tim Pollard, cabinet member for finance, asking him to explain why Croydon council said that there would be no costs of this nature.
Copy of Goodwin's letter:
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