I don’t know how many days of mediation are needed – and nor it seems do the council. In response to the question ‘how much will it cost?’ the council replied:
The cost is not yet known as the process of conciliation is continuing. However the agreed daily rate is £650, which covers mediation meetings undertaken by two co-mediators and all assessment and administration costs.
You read that right – £650 per day – and it is ongoing. I understand that people fall out, but it is the job of the councillors to get over their disagreements and get on with the job they have been elected to do. These seems an extraordinary expensive endeavour.