We recently published an article; ‘Shocking’ Fife Council Expenditure. Which stated that £160,000.00 is being spent on paying Scottish Powers £160,000.00 to remove a Power Junction box at Lochgelly Centre.

This figure was quoted from a local councillor at the November Community Council meeting, we therefore assumed that this figure would be correct at face value.

It has been pointed out to us by Fife Council that the figure is wrong, and less than ten times the quoted figure. Making the cost a more acceptable, less than £16,000.00

The money will not be sourced from Fife Councils core budget, but has been sourced from additional funding.

We are therefore retracting our original statement of £160,000.00 costs, and would like to apologise to Fife Council for the error, and our site visitors for the misleading information.

We have learned our lesson in that regardless the source and reliability of the information we receive, we will double check with a secondary source to verify the information provided to us.

Again we would like to apologise to Fife Council and our site visitors for posting incorrect information.

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6 Comments

  1. Mark Hood

    November 15, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Just to be clear I didn’t quote that figure

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    • Lochgelly

      November 15, 2011 at 8:47 am

      It was councillor Ian Chisholm that quoted the figure at a public meeting, and who was mentioned in the original article. Again we apologise for the publishing of inaccurate information.

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      • Ian Chisholm

        November 18, 2011 at 10:30 am

        The cost of moving the utility box was of course, £16k not £160k. We had a very full report on moving the box at the Lochgelly Charrette short term initiative board meeting and I knew very well the cost was to be £16k. I thought that’s what I said at CC but obviously misread my scribble. It would be nice if in future and before I am quoted the editorial could confirm with me the facts. I’m sure misinformation from me or the editor was unintentional.

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        • Lochgelly

          November 18, 2011 at 11:11 am

          We apologise for the confusion and we can assure you it was not our intention to provide misleading or false information, as I am sure it was not your intention either. Because of this incident we are currently reviewing procedures for publishing articles based on what is said at public forums, and will certainly be double checking any quotations. Again, we apologise for the confusion our original article caused, and have let our members and visitors of this site, our Twitter feed, and Facebook page know of the error.

          We will be publishing a set of review procedures shortly in our about section, so people know how we get information, and what procedures take place before publishing an article.

          Reply

  2. Trolololol

    November 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm

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    Reply

    • Lochgelly

      November 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm

      Thanks for the laugh, certainly a ‘face palm’ moment 😉

      Reply

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