£1.7 million overspend on Leicester Square re-vamp

Westminster City Council has overspent its budget for the renovation of Leicester Square by £1,723,000, according to a confidential Council report, which saw the cost of the works increase from £15,385,000 to £17,108,000.

According to the confidential Council report;

“The original budget approval for the project was £15.385m. The revised project cost will be £17.108m therefore approval is needed to an additional £1.723m of capital expenditure.”

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;

“It is absolutely appalling that the Council has such lax financial controls that it can spend nearly £2 million extra on this project without proper authority. At a time when the very poorest are suffering from the harshest cuts in living memory, it is a real scandal that almost £2 million has been spent by Westminster on this West End project without any proper control. Westminster Conservatives are guilty of the most blatant financial incompetence and those responsible should resign, starting with the Council’s Deputy Leader Robert Davis who has ‘masterminded’ this huge overspending”

The £17 million Leicester Square revamp included;

  • unique granite ribbon seating design
  • new granite paving for the square and surrounding streets
  • state of the art functional and decorative lighting
  • re-landscaped gardens around the listed Shakespeare Statue and fountain
  • bespoke mirrored railings and gates
  • refurbished below-ground toilets
  • Legible London wayfinding scheme

http://www.westminster.gov.uk/services/environment/planning/majorprojects/thewestend/leicester/

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