Independent councillor hopes to save council millions

swimming pool at the dalkeith campus, paid for with a PPP contract
swimming pool at the dalkeith campus, paid for with a PPP contract

A legal challenge could be mounted on controversial Public-Private Partnership contracts in a bid to save Midlothian Council millions.

Councillor Peter De Vink (Ind) told the Advertiser that the council is paying £347 million back on £60 million PPP contracts signed in the nineties for new schools including the Dalkeith Campus, and attacked Labour for agreeing to them.

Councillor De Vink is “very hopeful” that with the help of an unnamed top QC he can save the council money.

He said: “If you think about it, with the council’s annual budget about £180 million per annum, this is close to ten per cent coming out of that every year to pay the PPP.

“Can you imagine how much easier it would be for the council if we didn’t have these contracts? It’s simply criminal. Spending £60 million but having to pay £347 million.”

Read more on this story in the May 9 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.