Chris Ames 19 April 2024

Auditors warned over relief road 'iceberg'

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A councillor has asked Shropshire Council’s external auditor to investigate concerns the North West Relief Road (NWRR) in Shrewsbury will 'completely bankrupt the council'.

Liberal Democrat councillor David Vasmer, who sits on the committee that gave planning permission for the road, has written to Grant Thornton UK LLP to raise concerns about an alleged series of failures by the council to follow its own proper procedures.

As Highways has reported, the council is relying on a pledge by transport secretary Mark Harper in a TV interview to ‘fully fund’ the road. However, his department has made clear that it has so far only said it will fund the £81m cost at outline business case stage, while critics have suggested that it could now cost around £200m.

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