Your article 'LAs hit by funding fatigue' (NCE 31 January) highlights the downside of competitive tendering. It is not only the time and resources required but also the wasted cost to tendering organisations.
At the rate quoted in your article, 146 proposals for 32 schemes, or four? proposals for every success, it must be wondered whether this is a cost effective use of public money.
If you add the competitive tendering required of consultants to develop the schemes and contractors that might build them, you could be talking of 15 proposals for each scheme. No wonder that the smaller firms, such as consultants, find that their margins cannot afford this waste.
Edward Hepper (F), Uplands, 61 Queens Road, Alton, Hants GU34 1JG