Thursday, August 02, 2012

Northumberland Labour Group are concerned, that the recent announcement stating work has been removed from the in-house highways design team may have breached the procurement rules of the Council.



      Northumberland     Labour Group

Ian Swithenbank, Chairperson
Grant Davey, Leader
Val Tyler, Deputy
Robert Arckless, Secretary

County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland NE61 2EF
Telephone (01670) 533000
Fax (01670) 533072




Press Release


Council Breaks Procurement Procedure?

Northumberland Labour Group are concerned, that the recent announcement stating work has been removed from the in-house highways design team may have breached the procurement rules of the Council.

Highways staff who have designed the Morpeth north bypass discovered that the Administration has outsourced the final design work which will open up some of Northumberland’s most valuable building land for developers changing the prime characteristics of Morpeth forever.

Northumberland Labour Group who have questioned the pro-privatisation drive of the LibDem administration at County Hall now need to question the process that has stolen work from the In-House highways design team and gifted it to a private design partner.

Labour Group Leader Grant Davey said" We now have a working group looking at the privatisation process. It sits under the chairmanship of LibDem Councillor Simon Reed who promised that we would look at all of the privatisation matters and procedures the Council are involved in yet here we have an outsourcing incident that hasn't been reported to the working group or as far as I understand hasn't gone through the Council rigorous procurement procedure."

The procurement process of the Council would require a bidding process to be undertaken, advertised widely and at least three prices including the in-house bid would have to be considered. Yet it appears this process has not been undertaken and a decision to “gift” the work to a provider who’d submitted a mere 6 page document which simply stated what was already in the Councils in-house design outline.

Grant Davey said "We need to know who made the decision to break with the Councils policy on procurement and who outsourced work from our in house team without following Council procedure. If misconduct has taken place we must drill into the event, it must be investigated and action must be taken"


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