Sunday, September 04, 2005

Assembly building "on budget"!!??

A glossy publication from the Welsh Assembly and funded by the generosity of council tax payers across Wales arrives on my desk. It boasts that the “Landmark” new Welsh Assembly building will be finished this summer “on budget”. In fact, when it was first mooted in 1998, the estimated cost of the building was £10 million. Since then AMs became used to the regular announcements that costs had gone up - except for a period when worked stopped during a dispute between the architects and the Assembly Government. When the building is finished the price tag will be around £66 million – over three times the amount which Monmouthshire Council tax payers have lost as a result of the under-funding of their council. I wonder how many will feel that their money has been well spent!

7 Comments:

Blogger Glyn Wintle said...

Can we complain to the advertising standards authority? :)

4:23 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Oh goody !

The roads in Monmouthshire may be crumbling, children forced to pay for the 11 mile journey to school & parking charges introduced in already struggling market towns....but at least the Assembly will get a nice new home.

Glad to see my ever increasing council tax is being well spent!

9:29 AM  
Blogger Dangerouslysubversivedad said...

Dear David,

Your absolutely right of course. However the overbudget amount of the Assembly building is also less than we directly give to the EU in two days. If you want MY vote as new leader instead of having it go to UKIP again you will have to stop saying things like 'under no circumstances should we leave the EU'...

3:07 AM  
Blogger David said...

It's utterly disgraceful, of course. The remarks by cetain other AM bloggers excusing project mismanagement by blithe talk of a lovely building (for AMs, as long as they aren't in wheelchairs) and anyway, it isn't as bad as the Scottish overrun proves to me that AMs shouldn't be given control of anything, at all, ever.

11:25 AM  
Blogger 13thAngryMan said...

David,

Have just come across your blog. More power to you. Let's hope that yesterday's men remain just that.

For what it's worth, don't neglect the blog - it's the future.

In my opinion, the current parliamentary system is fast becoming anachronistic. Levels of education and awareness are the highest in history. Politicians have not begun to appreciate the political power of the internet. "We, the people" are awakening from a deep slumber. We will more and more demand a direct say in the way we are "governed" (and how patronisng that term sounds already). We get the chance to put a cross on a piece of paper every 4 or 5 years? Is this all there is to "democracy"?

10:23 AM  
Blogger menaiblog said...

I don't remember you making much of a fuss about Portcullis House. If memory serves me correctly, this office block for Westminster MPs cost £235,000,000 - or well over a million for each MP housed. Maybe that I missed your reaction - or maybe that you believe British democracy to be worth the wonga, while Welsh democracy isn't.

7:21 AM  
Blogger Jonathon said...

Great article! I appreciated the information. It sounds like they had quite an undertaking. However, I am glad they got there building project done.

More often then not it seems like these building projects always are more expensive then planned. Thanks for the excellent article.



Jonathon Pugsley
homebasedphilosphy@getresponse.com
http://www.networkmarketer2.com/building-on-a-budget

9:05 PM  

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