Council’s Economic Development Officer Says Airport Overspend Unlikely To Be Reimbursed
The Council’s Head of Economic Development has admitted that it’s unlikely the authority will be reimbursed for the £500,000 overspend on the airport project.
Diana Mompoloki told councillors at the recent Transport, Economic Development and Infrastructure Committee that this was due to the cost of the pound and the closure of the European Regional Development Fund programme.
This was before last week’s referendum vote by the UK to leave the EU.
The Council had also hoped to recoup some of the £600,000 overspent on the regeneration of Porthcressa from the same fund.
Diana told members of the committee that ‘snagging’ work was underway at the airport. She said a change in management at the main contractors Lagans had helped in that process.
The repairs, which Diana said are being completed over the summer, will involve the complete replacement of the check-in desks, scales and baggage conveyors, as well as work to fix the roof and doors.
Part of the roof was damaged in high winds last winter and has been held in place with sandbags.
Cllr Marian Bennett welcomed the work, but asked whether anything could be done about the heating. Some passengers have complained about the low temperatures in the building.
Diana said fixing the leaking doors will solve this problem.