What’s the truth about the Assembly Rooms replacement?

December 18, 2017 7:31 AM

Derby City Council have finally published the business case for the replacement of the Assembly Rooms, following the fire in March 2014. It has only come out after the council received a Freedom of Information request - and we understand that the entire section covering refurbishing the existing building has been redacted.

Derby Liberal Democrats Group Leader Cllr Ruth Skelton said:

"This is a prime example of how Labour have been running Derby City Council.

"Unfortunately, due to mismanagement the Assembly rooms didn't have the right insurance cover. Due to this Labour have wasted years and achieved nothing. Labour has presented a new plan without asking local groups what they actually need or want , and have spent money on a consultation designed not to listen to the public but tell them why Labour were right all along.

"And now Labour are hiding important information about the new plans by redacting large parts of the documents. Why? We don't know, but I'm sure people will have their own ideas. The Council's own Constitution requires Councillors to be open and accountable in their decisions. Does it sound like Labour are being open and accountable to you?

"We've all seen the new photos from inside the Assembly Rooms, showing it largely intact.

So why hasn't it reopened? Wouldn't we all like to know. Why won't Labour be honest and tell us rather than trying to hide from the people?

"People deserve to know why Labour have spent nearly four years and large sums of money achieving only a distant promise of an expensive project that local people don't want."