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posted 15 Apr 2011, 14:17 by David Gilroy   [ updated 18 Apr 2011, 03:11 ]
SIR:-May I respond to Cllrs Donald and Rowlands’ spin and casuistry  in the Herts Advertiser of 31st  March on page 12. The bottom line is getting the specification  right and delivering Value for Money. They have demonstrably failed on both counts and have given us instead a £25 Million White Elephant when we could, for the same money, have had a 50 metre Community Olympic Dream with all the trimmings!
I am stating this as a professional  engineer for 50 years – not as a pair of politicians grovelling for votes on Thursday 5th May 2011. 
For about the same spend of about £25 million ,Luton Aquatic Centre gives their people Olympic Heaven 50 metre swimming , Olympic standard diving plus sports hall ,gym ,cafe etc .
In comparison St. Albans‘ NEWBODGE team gives us an inadequate 25 metre main pool “Pig in a Poke”, no diving or flumes whatsoever  but a SPA for the well to do amongst their offerings. It’s a no brainer, hats off to Luton Aquatic Centre – St.Albans NEWBODGE  IN HOUSE project team hang your heads in shame! 
And on Thursday 5th May 2011 , the people can ,if they wish, pass judgement on the NEWBODGE politicians in the District Council Elections.
Let the people have their say on this bad value for money £25 Million White Elephant at District Council elections on Thursday 5th May 2011.
Cllrs Donald,Rowlands and Burton – all your chickens are coming home to roost soon - and quite right too! What would Lord Sugar say?
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Yours sincerely,
Eur. Ing David L.Gilroy. M.Sc. C.Eng. MIET. Chartered Engineer.
Park Avenue, St.Albans, Herts, AL1 4PB.
1 April 2011.”