Council’s Economic Development Officer Says Airport Overspend Unlikely To Be Reimbursed

airport 12The 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.

5 Responses to Council’s Economic Development Officer Says Airport Overspend Unlikely To Be Reimbursed

  1. John Allsop July 2, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    All this overspend has to be found and the council is going to spend hundreds of pounds knocking down a building, and that will cost more than the estimate . And thats only the beggining of that project. Is there anyone in charge? you can,t keep spending money you or us havn,t got , a few hundred rate payers can,t foot the bill. When is someone going to realize the spending party is over.

    • High Lanes Drifter July 13, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      I suspect the Dear Leader has recently been to visit Westminster with her 110K CEO and a capacious begging bowl,i cannot somehow see her striking the right chord when she sang for her supper.

  2. High Lanes Drifter June 28, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Well dear Chairman, give us a statement and tell us it will all be sorted out.
    Like mister Corbyn your flimsy veil of credibility has slipped still further and you cannot hide the fact that you, your vice chairman and your very well paid CEO are making a dogs breakfast of running the council. I can just imagine how you would have torn into the previous administration in a frenzy if they had made even one tenth of the cock ups that lie at your feet.
    I’d like to think that the buck$ stops with you but, surprise surprise it gets gifted to us.
    You are leading we poor charge-payers up a certain creek without the benefit of a method of propulsion.
    It was time for you to do the decent thing some while ago but better late than never.

    • Tyrion Lannister July 2, 2016 at 12:26 am

      Cersei has few options left but consoles herself with the knowledge that the chain and throne of the realm (yes there really is one in the chamber) will be hers to fondle and polish hereafter once they are consigned to a corner in her little house of curios.

  3. Enquirer June 28, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    I have said so all along we the Council Tax Payers will now have to meet this bill and from what the Council is rapidly using up all it’s (our) financial reserves! How is it that every major Council project runs up massive overspends, yet the officers responsible for the overseeing of the projects are not criticised, censured or even subjected to searching questioning by our toothless Councilors. This is demonstrated by Councilor Marian Bennett’s comment with no word of question, censure or enquiring where the Council will find the £600,000.

    I sadly surmise that the Council CEO and it’s disastrous Head of Economic Development will still continue to forge ahead with the Whole Islands Electric Vehicle Conversion just to ensure that we all go bust!