Readers will note from our last report ( Low Friends in High Places) the news that the Pacific Road Theatre has come into the clutches of the ever open hands of the Wirral Chamber of Commerce ( CEO : Paula Basnett).
As ever our source was er, “on the money” when it came to the peppercorn rent arrangement and the refurbishment costs being met by Wirral Council.
This is described as “The town hall will enter into a lease arrangement with the Chamber allowing it to “draw down” funding to pay for conversion work….”
A report in Wirral Globe HERE is littered with such amusing doublespeak.
Ms.Basnett trills in the same report : “This will bring not only significant opportunities for new and existing businesses to develop, but also be a conduit for employment creation.”
Won’t it just ! – jobs for the boys and girls in “the gang” – especially when we understand that Wirral Chamber of Commerce are also the lucky recipient of a ERDF grant and what we’d like to know is whether a certain Mark Basnett was involved in determining this grant and whether he is in any way related to Paula Basnett
One can’t help comparing and contrasting the treatment of the folks from Fernbank Farm.
Were the Upton Park Pony Owners Association ever given the opportunity to develop the land at Fernbank Farm as a community asset?
Were they ever given the opportunity to “draw down” money from the Council to repair and refurbish the stables?
Were they ever the recipient of a substantial European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant?
And we certainly can’t imagine any Council Manager being instructed not to enter into discussion with their extremely well connected former colleague Paula Basnett!!!!