The case for a new County Council office block was that staff would move into it from a variety of locations. But now they intend to reduce their 4,000 members of staff down to less than 200 and all the work the council currently does will be done by independent organisations of one form or another, and that the council has a policy of renting out it’s buildings at the full market rent.

Why should these new organisations simply not find better and cheaper premises elsewhere, and could NCC therefore be left with a £55m white elephant?