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‘They spent £200 per metre on canal. Why?’

John Battye by the canal at Berkhamsted where he feels money has been wasted.

John Battye by the canal at Berkhamsted where he feels money has been wasted.

A man has questioned the decision to shell out £86,000 in public money to repair 400 metres of the Grand Union Canal’s towpath in Berkhamsted.

John Battye, 64, of the town’s Cross Oak Road, says that equates to a spend of £200 per metre.

He said: “Spending £86,000 on 400 metres of towpath to my mind is a ridiculous waste of public money.”

But Canal and River Trust enterprise manager James Clifton said it was pricey work that took longer due to the small size of the path and low bridges.

He said: “What a strange question. I wonder if he’s familiar with the construction industry. If you are going to do a decent job, these things do not come cheap.”

 

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