19 March 2007 | Antony Barton
A local authority should scrap a £1.2 billion project because of controversy surrounding the procurement process, according to its chief executive.
Tony Reeves, head of Bradford Metropolitan District Council will tomorrow tell councilors to abandon the asset management project (AMP). The property project was halted in June 2005 after an anonymous tip-off to the Audit Commission (News, 13 April 2006).
After examining the proposed deal, the Audit Commission criticised failures to manage the project effectively, the lack of a formal project structure and a clearly defined and identifiable project manager, poor quality project documentation, a lack of an evidenced audit trail of key decisions and the processes followed to procure external support to the project.
Reeves' report to the council's executive will ask members "to rescind previous resolutions regarding the AMP and explore alternative ways of using the council's land and buildings".
A council spokesman said the authority had accepted the Audit Commission's findings.