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Monday
Feb102014

Furniture "Feel-good"

Former facilities manager John Rich will be interested to hear that the TCB made a momentous decision today to reject a staff recommendation on street furniture, and instead offer local manufacturers the opportunity to tender for items required to update mostly Pollen Street furniture.

It is not as if this desire to favour local business is new - look at what is happening in Australia with supermaket monopoly's Coles and Woolworths.

All very worthy, and with any luck one of Thames's engineering companies may be sufficiently interested to carry through with taking a look at the opportunity. Probably Kopu Engineering is the most likely, but they appear to have been very busy with their dairy industry business. 

What is concerning is that this work is not automatically put out to tender rather than staff simply buying from established suppliers, but I guess there are established internal rules that they are required to follow in this regard. Never mind - it may be assumed that there will now be a substantially delay in the supply and installation of the furniture. We will need to closely watch in order to see that any suggestion of 'local-preference' is not going to lead to an imposition on rate-payers - this 'feel-good' stuff can prove very costly.   

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (2)

What is this street furniture and what process determined the need? And what, indeed, were aforementioned 'staff recommendations'? Commendable decision to support local business however... I am inclined to think that your suggestion that local preference may lead to an imposition on rate-payers is a bit of an unfair assumption - one might infer dubious ethics on the part of local suppliers from your remarks, which, no doubt, you did not intend. Thanks for the item Bill but it asks more questions than it answers.

February 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRussell

I can't imagine how you jumped to that conclusion Russell - nothing is further from my thought. I am simply suggesting that the Board MAY decide to push for a local rather than 'regular' supplier as a form of local preference, regardles of price - no suggestion whatsoever of questionable ethics on the part of any local supplier, if there is such.

February 10, 2014 | Registered CommenterBill Barclay

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