Scots councils squander millions
August 12 2009
Twenty-eight of Scotland’s 32 local authorities were found to have frittered away nearly £5 million between them on repair and maintenance of corroding steelwork. An expense that Highland argue to be unjustifiable given that properly galvanizing steel products prior to installation would negate the need for treatment for up to 25 years, netting a cumulative saving of almost £117 million over the period if results are extrapolated.
Paul McCafferty, a director at Highland, said: “The £5 million figure is really only scratching the surface. Not only are there vast areas in need of refurbishment with insufficient budget to do so, but the survey response was unable to factor a range of associated ancillary costs.”