T: 023 8086 4500 | M: 075 4532 5209 | E: dharrison100@aol.com

T: 023 8086 4500
M: 075 4532 5209
E: dharrison100@aol.com

Councillor Davod Harrison

Would You Trust The District Tories To Manage A Project?

district couldn't run a bath!

New Forest District Council takes a rather minimalist approach towards provision of new facilities.

By and large, the ruling Conservative group aren’t interested in providing anything “new”.

If anything, they have a strategy of removing themselves from responsibilities.

The decision not to run the Visitor Information Service at Lyndhurst and close 80 mini-recycling Centres are just two examples of the Tories deciding to reduce what the Council actually does.

I have just been reviewing the success, or otherwise, of things that NFDC has supported in the last couple of years.

In June 2016, they made the odd decision, not just to invest in replacement beach huts, but upgrade them to a “gold standard”.

Depending on how you interpret the figures, this cost the tax payer an additional £861,000, or up to £1.2 million.

In April this year, delays in getting the project to upgrade the Eling Tide Mill & Learning Centre underway led to vastly increased costs, much of which has cost the Heritage Lottery and Town Council a lot more money, but NFDC had to agree an additional £33,618.

It probably comes as no surprise then that the ruling Tory group are now proposing to agree an extra £162,300 on top of the estimated costs of a revamp of Ringwood Health & Leisure Centre.

Time and time again, projects managed by NFDC are delivered late and at a cost far in excess of the original estimates.

I would like to propose a Task & Finish Group to examine all such projects and see what lessons can be learnt.

There are probably some common themes.

As I often used to say, when in business, “Delay costs money”.

You can learn from failures, providing you are willing to do so.

Unfortunately, the ruling Tory group are least likely to listen to my pleas to review their practices.

Any criticism or exposing of their actual performance does not fit with their own self-image of financial competence.

It’s easier to carry on in a state of denial than to face up to reality.

Personally, I wouldn’t trust them to run a bath, let alone a Council.


Sign up to David's latest stories which are delivered to your inbox in the morning. Please note: your details including your email address will not be sold or given to a third party. 
Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.

Leave a Comment

Search the site

Latest News


Advance Notice Of Roadworks

It is expected that the following roads in the division of Totton South & Marchwood will be subject to one-day road closures next month (March), whilst they benefit from Micro Asphalt treatments.

School Crossing Patrol people

No Words Really…

Some of the biggest threats to public services have been delayed as a result of the conservatives cancelling proposed cuts to school crossing patrols, household waste tips and bus subsidies.

fisherman at salmon leap

Salmon Like Buses

I enjoyed a stroll around the Salmon Leap today.

Henry Bolton - UKIP

If You Don’t Like The Result, Vote Again

I don’t often indulge in the private grief of a rival political party


Melancholy In The Coffee Queue

I was in the queue for a coffee and cake at the garden centre when I looked into the eyes of a chap just in front of me.