‘It’s OK: work on Berkhamsted’s Grand Union Canal cost just £62k’

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Resurfacing Berkhamsted’s Grand Union Canal towpath from Castle Street to the Waitrose footbridge cost £24,000 less than expected.

The work was expected to cost £86,000 – prompting complaints that public sector bodies like Berkhamsted Town Council were spending £200 a metre on it.

Town councillor David Collins said on Monday: “It was actually £120 a metre, not £200 a metre – 500 metres were completed and the total cost was £62,000.”