What did the council do with the five months notice that it had?
Mistakes happen. Not everything always goes as it should. Should we give the council the benefit of the doubt over the rubbish fiasco? I don’t think so.
The council could see this coming. It seems that the council had sight of Enterprise’s mobilisation plan in October 2011, at least 5 clear months before the main part of the contract started (see answer to question 21). The council knew about the use of temporary vehicles in November 2011, at least 4 clear months before (see question 11).
One can only speculate about what happened when the council got this information. Did the officers and executive merely accept the assurances of the contractor that everything would be alright on the day? Did they cross their fingers and hope? The council had 4/5 months notice that this contract was going to go wrong. What did they do?
Note: The council finally published the answwers to the Tory group’s questions this morning, here.