Inevitably the good folk of Fernbank Farm have been turfed out of their stables by the callous cynics of Wirral Council looking to make a quick buck. A judge has ruled that the Council can repossess ten acres of grazing land – worth around £5m.
Attending the court hearing where this decision was made were representatives of Upton Park Pony Owner’s Association supported by their McKenzie Friend Councillor Ian Lewis ( A McKenzie friend assists a litigant in person in a common law court).They were up against the seemingly unlimited legal and financial resources available to Wirral Council.
Whilst the Council presented a valid reasoned argument that , in such financially constrained times , they were acting in the best interest of taxpayers by taking possession of land which they can flog off for building development or a crazy golf course, their *innocent face* approach was somewhat undermined by the underhand way in which they seem to have treated the tenants of Fernbank Farm.
Indeed the actions of Council Officers led Cllr.Lewis to make the following statement:
“On days like today, I am ashamed to be a councillor for an authority that is so dysfunctional and seemingly out of control.
“The pony owners and local residents have been deliberately kept in the dark by senior managers, who appear to think they are unaccountable….”