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Jenkins fears £20m broadband project surrounded in cloud of secrecy

June 24, 2013 9:45 AM

Leading Cambridgeshire County Councillor, David Jenkins is concerned about the cloud of secrecy surrounding the county's superfast broadband project.

He fears that despite investing up to £20 million of taxpayers' money in the project, the county council is being kept in the dark by broadband provider BT.

Cllr Jenkins, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Planning, Environment and Enterprise is worried that BT has taken over the project and is running the programme to its own agenda.

"There's a lot of public money being used here and it's not right that it's being spent without scrutiny," he said. "BT is a big company and should have the confidence and corporate responsibility to open up and demonstrate that the money is being spent well and not wasted on overheads or otherwise misdirected."

The broadband contract was signed with BT earlier this year after a tender process. But Cllr Jenkins is worried that the process was completed with "deliberate speed" and, although there were other bidders for the work, their identities have never been revealed.

"This secrecy seems to characterise the deal," added Cllr Jenkins. "Once it had been signed BT seems to have taken over and is running the programme according to its own agenda. It is sharing little with the county council which is paying most of the bill."