In a blog post on the 22 January 2014, I suggested that Councillor Joyce Barrow signed the 27-year Veolia contract. Councillor Barrow complained on 29 July 2018 to the Lib Dem leader at Shropshire Council that she did not sign the contract. “It was in fact officer [name redacted by me]. I did tell Andy last year but assume he has forgotten!”

I has forgotten that and I apologise.

Contracts are signed by officers. Councillors can’t sign them. But the political decision is a signing off. If I had used the phrase “signed off” not “signed” it would have been clearer and correct. For that error, I apologise and unreservedly.

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