When they were in line for £80m for Barnet secondary schools, back in September 2009, the scheme was a good idea. Then council leader Mike Freer, and now Conservative MP, also boasted that the council had the expertise to manage the complex contracts for the construction project:
"We are obviously delighted that we have been recognised for our work with schools in the borough.The Times series reports on who will be the losers now:
"We submitted a bid to get the money early, and because they were impressed by our track record and expertise - our ability to deliver First Class Schools on time and on budget - they fast-tracked us to the front of the queue.
"Managing major capital projects is fraught with difficulty, and we feel this was a strong mark in our favour."
...the projects at Bishop Douglas RC, Copthall, Oak Lodge, St Mary's CE High, The Pavillion, and The Ravenscroft, have all been stopped.
Only East Barnet school, which was opened last month, has successfully been completed under the BFS.
Mr Gove said the national scheme had been “characterised by massive overspends, tragic delays, botched construction projects and needless bureaucracy”.Would Mike Freer agree? And would it worry him anyway if it were true?
UPDATE: Here, on the Times series website, is what Barnet Tories are saying: "Tory bosses at Barnet Council admit school spending cuts are 'disappointing'"