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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Council plans legal action against city over Beeston tram extension

Around £25,000 will now be spent on legal advice relating to how it could bring a claim.

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Broxtowe could be about to take legal action against Nottingham City Council over problems caused by the extension of the tram network.

Defects were left behind after the tram was extended through Beeston, which opened to the public  in 2015.

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These extension works could now be the subject of a legal challenge after a vote by Broxtowe Borough Council at a meeting on Thursday, October 10.

The Labour, Liberal Democrat and Independents coalition-controlled borough council will now seek independent legal advice about what courses of action are available.

Around £25,000 will now be spent on legal advice relating to how it could bring a claim.

Details of the potential claim or how much compensation the borough council is seeking have not been made public.

Discussions around the claim were held during the borough council meeting on the subject on Thursday, October 11. However, members of the public and the press were excluded from a meeting on the grounds of commercial sensitivity.

However before the press were excluded, Conservative councillor Philip Owen, who represents Nuthall East and Strelley, said: “I think it’s very unfortunate that we have got to spend £25,000 of council tax payers money in effect suing another local authority because they aren’t meeting their commitments.

“I’m not saying that I’m opposed to doing it, in fact quite the reverse, for a long long time even when we (the Conservatives) were in control I argued – not successfully – that we should be doing this at a much sooner stage because this has gone on long enough.”

Labour’s Greg Marshall, who represents Beeston West, said: “In a nutshell, I guess there’s a shortfall between what we think we are due and where we currently are in the negotiations, and as a result of that we’re making this proposal to allocate some of the funds from the general fund to appoint specialist solicitors to help maximise the compensation element that we think as an authority we are due.

“It’s unfortunate that we are in this position and we will continue negotiations to see if we can obviate the need for this.”

The second phase of the tram extension saw the line extended through Beeston and on to Toton Lane.

The Labour-controlled Nottingham City Council used a Parliamentary Act to compulsorily acquire or temporarily use 127 plots of Broxtowe Borough Council owned land for the development.

A spokeswoman for Nottingham City Council said: “We are in ongoing conversations with Broxtowe Borough Council to come to an agreement on outstanding compensation matters as part of the tram line construction, and Broxtowe seeking legal advice is a normal part of the process.”

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