June 19 2013 Latest news:
By Kelly-Ann Kiernan , Chief Reporter
Monday, May 14, 2012
WELWYN Hatfield’s mayor will be turning up to official events from now on in a TAXI, after his chauffeur was let go.
The mayor’s attendant Dave Andrews has driven round chairmen and mayors of the borough for the past 23 years. The 70-year-old from Harwood Hill, WGC made his bid for the annual contract, as he does every year.
His submission was a repeat of his previous bid, but despite being the only application, council officials rejected it – blaming a change in council policy.
A council spokeswoman said: “The aim of the tender process for Chauffeur Services was to have a fixed price for a journey within the borough of Welwyn Hatfield, in order to establish best value from this contract.
“Mr Andrews’ bid was the only one received, but his bid did not comply with the requirement. He instead submitted a bid based upon cost per mile.
“Therefore, no contract has been awarded and journeys are now booked on an ad hoc basis with the most appropriate, cost effective and available local private hire operator.”
Mr Andrews, who also drives special needs children to school, said he was devastated by the council’s decision.
He said: “The mayor changes each year, but I don’t. I’ve met so many people at all the charities, Douglas Tilbe House and Jim MacDonald. That’s the saddest thing for me.
“I feel I have just been dumped and I can see no reason why.”
Mr Andrews has a personalised WHC number plate and ceremonial flag for the front of the car.
According to current mayor Carl Storer, Mr Andrews was a “true professional”.
He said: “He has been a loyal ambassador to Welwyn Hatfield, he did a lot more than he was paid to do.”