I would like details of the financial cost of installing the various speed bumps, rumble strips etc. carried out in order to slow down the passage of bicycles in the village of Lympstone, completed in March 2017.
The works completed in March 2017 cost £8,217.34 – the works were delivered through DCC’s Minor Works Framework.
Please supply details of the original budget for the scheme
Also please provide any pre costs incurred such as appraisals external advisers etc.
Internal design and preparatory costs amounted to £2,724.51
In addition the actual cost of the materials, labour costs, hire of plant and details where the Councils own vehicles were used and any other costs or expenses not detailed above.
The works were carried out by a private local contractor employed through the County Council’s Minor Works Framework. All costs are included in the above figures.
We believe that the information regarding actual costs and rates for elements of work you have requested is exempt under Section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Commercial Interests.
Devon County Council considers that the release of this information would be likely to be commercially prejudicial to the council, as realising this information could lead to providers benchmarking against prices submitted. This may then lead to future tenders being less completive which may mean the Council having to pay more for these services in the future.
Devon County Council acknowledges that there is a general public interest in openness and transparency. However, in the current economic climate there is a strong public interest in ensuring that we generate as much income from our commercial clients as possible, so that the maximum amount of money can be spent on services for the people of Devon. Therefore, for this reason we believe that the balance of public interest lies in withholding this information at this time