We had a strong public response to all of last week’s stories. So here’s an update from us and a follow-up from elsewhere :
Trees of The Week
Following on from our tree plea
we’d like to thank our reader J who sent us some scary pictures of trees in Broadway ,Wallasey which we have to say reminded us of the tree monster from 1950’s schlock horror movie “It Came From Hell”……
Bums on Seats
We recognised the picture from the article in today’s Wirral Globe feature from somewhere!.
Apparently Lib Dem Cllr Persistent Phil Gilchrist has got Wirral Council CEO Eric Feeble to cough up that the new furniture which we reported last week had cost the not inconsiderable sum of £66K.
As the chairs arrived to match the desks and obscuring much of the Town Hall annexes Persistent Phil asked : “Was it really necessary to purchase this lot? .
Stressed Eric did a bit of mild bamboozling by claiming that : “The funding is capital not revenue and therefore cannot be used for day to day running of the council” in the hope that the mention of complex financial terms “capital ” and “revenue” would be enough to make any enquirer glaze over.
However Eric does advise to Persistent Gilchrist that new office furniture is one thing but the big money needed to be spent on the Town Hall annexes themselves :
” The North Annexe is in a generally poor condition, below is a list of some of the issues
1) The electric underfloor heating has failed in areas it is costly to both run and repair and is an inefficient method of heating
2) The lift needs replacing and or major overhaul
3) The roof needs repairs and current insulation levels are poor
4) The toilet welfare facilities are poor and inadequate
The South Annexe is generally in a fair condition, has a new efficient, gas wet heating system, the lift has recently been the subject of a major overhaul, and the roof was recently re-roofed using insulation that meets current building regulations. The scheme currently on site is improving toilet and welfare facilities, together with some general redecoration. “
Makes you wonder what Wirral Council were doing with the “capital” in previous years – other than removing the asbestos.
It all seems very symbolic to us – sick building syndrome for a sick organisation. All surface and no structure whilst the council staff that are still left sit at their brand new desks waiting for the roof to cave in……..