One of our volunteers made a FOI request to Fife Council with regards to the total cost of the Lochgelly Charrrette, after a member of public contacted us.
We have received an answer which we have published in part below:
Fife Council paid £55,000.00 towards the Charrette, but we can minus £14,738.00 from this cost as this was received in funding from Fairer Scotland Fund, which leaves Fife Council with a bill of £40,262.00.
Then if we include the estimated cost of staff wages and expenses of £4,673.62, the final bill for Fife Council was: £44,935.62
We do know that Andres Duany was paid £250,000.00 for his services, which seems to have been paid by the Scottish Government, so it will be interesting to see the costs of the other Charrettes held in Scotland and what was the total cost too the Scottish Government. Only time will tell if all this was money well spent, or money just thrown away.
The Lochgelly Charrette was held at a time of financial decline, and to spend £40,262.00 from the Fife Council budget on this process personally seems excessive, especially since staff are threatened with job losses and services are being cut. We have still to see any benefit from the Lochgelly Charrette, and only time will tell if the Lochgelly Charrette has been beneficial.
You can view the full FOI request and response at: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/lochgelly_charrette_total_cost
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