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Council chief admits mistakes in NCP row

THE chief executive of Adur and Worthing Councils has apologised ‘unreservedly’ for the way council officers handled a gagging order placed upon Worthing Borough Council members to prevent them revealing that a dispute with NCP cost taxpayers around £800,000.

THE chief executive of Adur and Worthing Councils has apologised ‘unreservedly’ for the way council officers handled a gagging order placed upon Worthing Borough Council members to prevent them revealing that a dispute with NCP cost taxpayers around £800,000.

Alex Bailey spoke at a full council meeting of the borough council on Tuesday after writing a two-part report for council members- one in the public domain and one containing matters which could be discussed only in closed session.

He said: “This is a dispute that ran over a period of two years and the process of litigation in February meant we found ourselves days away from a High Court trial and on behalf of the council I endeavoured to negotiate a settlement with NCP.

“That was reached on February 21 and had to be signed off by the High Court judge who was hearing the case the following Tuesday.

“As your chief executive, I have urgency powers to act in the interests of the council.”

For the full story, pick up a copy of this week’s Herald, out today.

 

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