A big story this past few days is that of Rhondda Cynon Taff Council (and/or the Assembly) spending £190,000 to construct a dormouse bridge over the new bypass being built between Church Village and Llantrisant, just down the road from me.
Whilst most of the debate is about whether this is a waste (Daily Mail style) or a good thing (Wildlife News), the big issue from my point of view is simply whether a cheaper solution existed. Oh, sad accountant that I am.
A widely quoted, but anonymous (not anonymous) local expressed it well: "They may have good intentions but this bill is unjustifiably large and in these straitened times they should have explored less expensive ways of protecting these creatures."
MP Paul Flynn points out that a similar solution for developments around the Ryder Cup cost £20,000 – ten times less.