Daily Mail: Dave Anderson, director of city development, sent home after disciplinary proceedings begin against him

news_dailymail_13.06.2012 Announcement Date: 13th June 2012

Bruce Thompson, 67, has been battling the council for five years over its handling of what should have been a simple, affordable repair.

The residents of the building in leafy Comely Bank believe much of the work was unnecessary and made matters worse.

Edinburgh council has been at the centre of a long-running repairs scandal which has seen seen council workers accused of taking bribes and favouring certain companies for construction jobs.

Contractors have also been accused of charging up to 20 times the estimate and just today it emerged that one of the council’s most senior officials has been suspended in the wake of an investigation.

Mr Thompson said: ‘It all started five years ago when the council were called in to repair a flat roof.

‘It was just a leak. We had had a quote for £700, but two people in the block objected so we had to get the council in.

‘They said we needed a whole new roof. Two years later work started and at that time the quote was £65,000, which I don’t think was necessary.’

By August 2009, the estimated cost had reached £230,000 – almost £20,000 per flat.

Mr Thompson and his partner Edna McLeod, 60, received Freedom of Information files last week, which contained the bill for the work.

He said: ‘It was for £252,000, but once you add VAT and the other costs it was £307,000.

‘There was also a letter from the external consultant saying he was amazed it was that amount of money.’

  • Edinburgh council’s repairs service is under investigation for alleged corruption
  • Council workers are accused of taking bribes and favouring certain contractors when handing out jobs
  • Comely Bank residents believe the massive repair job on their tenement roof was not even needed

The property repairs scandal has already begun to claim scalps at the very top of Edinburgh council.

Dave Anderson, the city’s director of city development, was sent home from work on Monday after disciplinary proceedings were begun against him, Edinburgh Evening News reported.

He had previously had overall responsibility for running the council’s ‘statutory repairs’ service, that has been subject to a long-running corruption probe and police investigation.

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