Full cost of bridge fix may not be recovered

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MILTON Keynes Council could take a huge hit if its claims of up to £850,000 for the damage and subsequent closure of Secklow Gate bridge are not fully repaid.

Repair costs of around £215,000 have been added to since the fire more than a year ago, with traffic management and propping costs lifting the estimated total to £846,794.

However, the council has admitted that there is potential that not all of the costs will be repaid.

A council report states: “A claim will be made to recover the full cost to MKC.

“However, as the claim will need to be negotiated with the third party’s insurance company, there is a risk to full cost recovery.

“To ensure a prudent financial position is maintained, a small provision will be made to the 2010/11 accounts to mitigate this risk.”

Linda Inoki, leader of Xplain, said someone at the council needs to take responsibility for the delay.

She said: “We’ve been warning the council about mounting problems for months, but nobody would listen.

“Local taxpayers could end up paying for losses of £400K or more. Something is very wrong in MK Council, and the public needs to know who is responsible for this mess.”