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Local MSP takes waves issue into Scottish Parliament

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 12:58 GMT on Saturday, October 29th, 2011.

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THE green and yellow fins of Cumbernauld are once again causing trouble as North Lanarkshire Council officials drown, following their announcement that the actual costs of the project was more than what the Council noted. 

The project, which cost close to £1 million, caused a flood of complaints, and now the issue has made headlines following a motion by local MSP, Jamie Hepburn.

The waves project cost an additional £99'000, onto the original budget, a figure which North Lanarkshire Council have kept quiet, even with a Freedom of Information request which was lodged by the Save Cumbernauld House Trust, earlier this year.

North Lanarkshire Council declined to comment on the issue, but SNP MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Jamie Hepburn, has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament, calling for the local authority to launch an investigation into the overspend. 

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Commenting, Mr Hepburn said: “The wave project has been nothing but a disaster. No one in the community wanted them built and now even more public money is being used to fix the problems that keep reoccurring. It is a scandal that almost £100,000 is being spent in addition to the original near £900,000 spent.

“I am now asking North Lanarkshire Council to immediately investigate how this disaster in public expenditure has been allowed to happen. We also need to know that this won’t be a fix to the faults of the waves for them then to re-occur.

“This whole project has been a farce from start to finish and it is surely in the public interest that a full and thorough investigation is undertaken.”

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