West Sussex County Council has settled a legal challenge with one of the unsuccessful bidders for its highways maintenance contract – but won’t say how much money, if any, it cost the taxpayer.
Last year, the council was preparing to award the contract to Ringway Infrastructure Services Ltd following what was described as "a successful procurement process".
Things were brought to a grinding halt with a High Court challenge from rival bidder Amey PLC.
A preliminary hearing was held at the end of April. At a recent meeting of the environment, communities and fire select committee, officers were asked for an update on the situation but no legal representative was present to give an answer.
When asked for details, a spokesman said: “The legal dispute between the council and one of the bidders in the previous highways service procurement has been settled by agreement.
“The terms of the agreement are commercially sensitive and cannot be disclosed at this time.”