Today, the following email was issued by the Council....
Are any Councillors interested in the reasons for this contract being withdrawn?A notice that you have registered an interest in has been cancelled. The notice details are shown below.
Notice ID: JUL095586
Title: Ice Gritting and Snow Clearing 2011 – 2015
Authority: Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
This contract has now been readvertised. See new advert 29.09.11
Perhaps the question is, how could the very senior persons involved in this get it so fundamentally wrong?
BTW, Councillors and contractors may also be interested to know that many of the scores achieved by the original tenderers are in the semi-public domain.
That'll engender confidence in the fairness and confidentiality of the process.