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Council's pre-school blunder wastes 60K

May 21, 2022 4:48 PM

Wiltshire Council thought there was going to be a shortage of pre-school places in Corsham, so on behalf of a provider they spent £46,000 to convert a room in Springfield Leisure Centre. But in fact there is plenty of capacity locally so it wasn't needed, and may have to be de-commissioned, which would cost a further £14,000.

In response to a question from a local councillor, the Conservative cabinet member said, "...this was seen as the preferred option at the time with a comparatively small cost of £44,467 to create 32 additional places. In comparison, a similar project to provide a new building for 24 places would be in the region of £550,000 to £600,000 today." Or to paraphrase, "We haven't wasted much compared with what we could have wasted."