COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWNS have prompted the Government to show local authorities draft copies of transport funding bid decision letters in future to avoid ambiguity in wording, NCE learned this week.
The decision to formalise a process comes after a row broke out between Leeds City Council and the Government Office for Yorkshire and Humberside over funding completion of the city's inner ring road (NCE last week).
Meetings between local authority transport officers and officials at regional Government Offices will re-word any comments about local transport plans that might embarrass the local authority.
A DETR source said that a damaging 'breakdown in communication' had occurred because Leeds had not been briefed by the Government Office for Yorkshire and Humberside on what was going to be in the decision letter. The wording of other decision letters had also caused problems.