Mouchel to feature on BBC1 investigation tonight

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A COUNCIL contractor’s failings will be highlighted as part of a BBC programme set to air tonight.

Mouchel were paid more than £1.5million to inspect the safety of bridges in the city, but fundamental flaws in the way problems were handled were revealed by the audit committee – as reported in January by the Citizen.
The council vowed to work with Mouchel to implement recommendations made by the audit committee but in August it was announced Mouchel would lose the majority of its responsibilities within the council, including a number of operational and back office functions.

In September the final nail in the coffin came as Cabinet members met to finalise the axing of the Mouchel contract.

The council left the contract with three years still to run, but would not confirm how much it had cost to end the agreement early.

A council spokesman said the early end of the contract was not due to Mouchel’s involvement in the bridge fiasco.

Tonight’s Inside Out programme will report that the council hired an external specialist who made 12 inspections and discovered repairs that would cost a minimum of £650,000.

Mouchel told the programme it had kept to the terms of its contract.

The show will air tonight at 7.30pm on BBC1.