WITH 539 town hall bosses earning more than the Prime Minister it is fair to expect the local authorities they run to provide value for money.
So the fact that huge sums have been wasted by councils in recent years will shock taxpayers.
Portsmouth City Council was also criticised for spending £5million on an “Olympic-size” swimming pool that was two inches short when completed in 2011.
In Sutton, in south London, council officers were left red-faced for losing the only copy of a report, which cost more than £100,000 to produce last July.
They were also criticised for calling its food waste reduction scheme a “success” when it only had six participants out of a population of 200,000.
Last January Derbyshire Council spent £20,000 on a short stretch of pavement leading to an empty field.
Plymouth Council also wasted £19,066 on a survey asking residents their age, gender and state of health in 2012.