THE ballooning cost of Queen Quay’s signature district heating project has been confirmed as rising by almost 30 per cent.

The Post first reported the £4.4million cost rise after papers were leaked in October. But the council meeting on the subject was held in secret and the papers were never published for the public.

West Dunbartonshire Council said a full audit would be prepared AFTER the project is finished.

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But last week councillors approved minutes from that meeting, including part of a motion from Councillor David McBride.

Some of the details are redacted, but not the costs rising from £15.1m to £19.5m.

The initial costs of the commercial deal for the project have also gone up from £900k to £3.5m.

The general services capital programme report also acknowledges the extra £4.4m spend approved by councillors - something otherwise not admitted by the local authority.