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||Posted: 11 Sep. 2008,14:11
I, too, was gobsmacked by that eejit claiming the cost diff was a paltry 300 quid (6%). The blocks alone account for more than that. Do you think, perhaps, that he was blagged by the installer? However, I have noticed a number of 'comments' and media pieces over the last month or so that are vastly under-estimating the cost implications of all this, and you begin to wonder if there isn't some sort of conspiracy to convince the public that it's greedy contractors being opportunistic and bumping up the price. Most *genuine* costings I've seen over the summer vary from 20-50% cost increases compared to conventional block paving.
Anyway, a day later than promised, the government has finally published the "Guidance" and, while it's not as bad as might have been feared, it's a long way short of what it should have been, and I can't help feeling that more credence was given to those experts in construction, the RHS, than to contractors and paving specialists.
You can read about the document, and download your own copy, via the News page on this site.
The phrase "clear as mud" springs to mind.
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