Council bosses defend cost of Humberston Fitties chalet
COUNCIL bosses have defended buying a Humberston Fitties chalet after it was revealed it cost almost £140,000.
Fitties resident Roger Lockwood criticised North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) after discovering through a Freedom Of Information request they spent £139,800 on a chalet for families with children with complex health needs.
He thinks it is hypocritical of NELC to buy the chalet when it rejected proposals to let chalet owners stay on site during January and February because it is a flood risk.
He said: “It is a well reported fact regarding the so-called dangers to the Humberston Fitties Chalet Park regarding flooding.
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“How does it come about that NELC, which complains of a shortage of money, purchases chalet 257 on the site for use of short breaks for disabled people?
“Beside the cost, how come other occupants are in danger, whereas disabled users are not considered?”
But NELC hit back stating it was funded through the Aiming High For Disabled Children ring-fenced grant from the Government and it will not use it during the closed period in January and February.
Families are also charged at market rate and the money is used to help people with disabilities into work.
A spokesperson said: “All refurbishment works have been undertaken to ensure the property is fit for purpose for use by families with children with complex health needs.”