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Dugald digging for the truth

02 November, 2017 — By John Gulliver

Dugald Gonsal

A QUIET warning to Mike Cooke, chief executive of Camden Council: Take serious note of the letter sent to you this week by Mr Dugald Gonsal requesting documents under Freedom of Information regarding a “bungled contract” losing the council £2.5million.

We reported this fiasco a few weeks ago about “compensation” paid to a private company apparently treated unfairly by the Town Hall.

Mr Gonsal also wants to see documents show­ing the Town Hall paid for work not done, also reported by this news­paper the other week.

Mr Cooke, may I inform you that Mr Gonsal was once the council’s chief engineer. I first met him about 15 years ago when he took charge of a road collapse in Hampstead and supervised a team of diggers and engineers all night – and clearly enjoyed himself.

Far from a being typical Town Hall civil servant, he lives locally, and bends his mind to keep the council on its toes.

He should be seconded to unravel the mess the council made over the botched work done in the private contract done in 2006 to refurbish the Chalcots estate, a subject that is puzzling the Town Hall.


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