Consultants ‘not needed’ for survey

A HOUSING needs survey criticised by residents in East Chevington for asking ‘intrusive’ questions about income should have been carried out by council officers, rather than paying £41,000 to a firm of consultants.

That was the view of parish council chairman Scott Dickinson, who said the exercise – involving 19,000 households across the authority – should have been kept in-house, rather than outsourced at taxpayers’ expense.

“I think everybody understood the need for a housing survey, but we made our feelings clear on behalf of residents that some of the questions were too intrusive,” he said.

“I still don’t understand why outside consultants had to be brought in, when we have perfectly capable officers at the county council.”