Since my exclusive BINGATE post about [Durham County Council wasting money on waste bins on the 23rd November 2011 a number of others have since published articles on the subject. Links below.
I am still waiting for a response to my Freedom of Information request in an attempt to identify if any councillors or officers enjoyed trips abroad as part of the tender process. The council has already exceeded the statutory 20 day deadline forcing me to request an internal review.
Council condemned over bin contract
Durham County Council condemned over bin contract
£4M Bins contract goes to foreign firm even though British bid is cheaper
Council slammed for awarding £4m bin contract to a GERMAN firm... even though British bid was £250,000 cheaper
Twin bin update
Council defends continental bins contract
Bin boss attacks £4.2m contract
Durham Council Offers £4m Bin Contract To Germans Despite Cheaper British Bid
German bins deal rubbished
£4.2m bin deal was not rubbish
The Northern Echo [link above] states that they exclusively broke the story on Monday 19th December 2011, nearly a month after I did :-)
Someone has also started a petition which is well worth signing if you want to protect British jobs.
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