Council’s rail workers

£3.4million of administration costs were incurred by Scottish Borders Council on the ill-conceived Waverley Rail project prior to handing over to Transport Scotland.

This gigantic sum clearly indicates a vast involvement by council staff. Can the chief executive, David Hume, or the convener, David Parker, tell us how the employees involved were redeployed after being relieved of their rail duties?

A note of the number made redundant (if any) is requested.

In view of this, Ollie Young of East Gordon is right to question the need for 168 extra council staff (letters, TheSouthern, January6).

His view on the expensive council news letter is shared by all ratepayers. This is one council function we can well do without. Our local newspapers will be only too happy to publish any council good news, should it have any.

We have been informed that private funding has been sourced for the rail link. The public has a right to know who the good fairy is. An official reply is awaited.

Jim Kirkness

Oxton