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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 9:33 am    Post subject: Damning attack on Diana fountain team Reply with quote

Damning attack on Diana fountain team
ANGUS HOWARTH

THE Princess Diana Memorial Fountain project will be condemned by the government's spending watchdog next week.

The findings of the Commons public accounts committee will be a considerable embarrassment to the group responsible for the Hyde Park memorial in London. It is headed by Rosa Monckton, a friend of the late princess.

The Royal Parks Agency and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport are also criticised over the fountain, which opened late and over-budget before being hit by a series of breakdowns and problems.

The report is expected to highlight poor management in the planning and execution of the fountain, inaccurate budget forecasting and costs which topped £5 million - more than £2 million over budget.

The annual bill for maintenance and repairs for the memorial, which closed two weeks after opening following 900 "incidents", also doubled, from an estimated £120,000 to about £250,000.

The committee chairman, the Conservative MP Edward Leigh, was appalled by the state of the moat-like water attraction after it opened, saying it looked like a "complete bog and open drain outside Heathrow airport".

Sources say the committee's report, to be published on Tuesday, will be "damning, hard-hitting and strongly worded".
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, the fountain is dreadful and a total waste of BUCKS. I am not happy with it at all and never have.
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