The haves and have nots
Way back in March 2014 we implored Wirral Council to “Tread Softly” when it came to the proposed closure of Lyndale School.
And sure enough we learn today that in true Wirral Council style they took this advice on board and now plan to demolish Lyndale School and sell the land.
Sadly this should come as no surprise to those who read another Wirral Leaks post prophetically titled “Crushed – The Closing of Lyndale School” where we asked the following questions:
What we don’t understand that if “economic considerations” were the reason for the closure why don’t the sums add up?
Are the “economic considerations” more to do with a future potential capital receipt for the land we ask ourselves?
Seems that was the case all along – from the day Head of Children’s Services Julia Hassall declared that she was ‘minded’ to close Lyndale School in November 2013 to the sham of a consultation to the demolition and sale of the site.
Lyndale parent Zoe Anderson displayed a firm grasp of how Wirral Council conduct such matters when she said: “We have always believed it is a foregone conclusion but we are glad that we got to say our bit and give our opinions in public.
“We are also pleased that the concerns we had about the consultation being open and transparent have actually been received and reassurances given to ensure that is the case.”
And who exactly gave Ms.Anderson reassurances about openness and transparency?.
Why none other than the chair of the meeting who instigated the closure of Lyndale School – Councillor Steve Foulkes aka “Foulksey” – the former Leader of the Council whose lack of personal integrity when it comes to openness,transparency and truthfulness has recently been laid bare for all to see.
Once again we commented with the foresight of a mystic seer : “However we have to say we have to admire the sheer gall – as earlier in the meeting he expressed the hope that the forum wouldn’t be used for “political points scoring” knowing what we know might we suggest that “Foulksey” needs to tread very,very carefully on the matter of “political points scoring” ….
Reading the posts back we presciently called out Foulkesy then and his sickening role in this tragic tale when we said :
Finally we implore you to remember the names of the Cabinet members making the decision to close Lyndale School and particularly the one Councillor who we feel is simply not fit to hold public office , let alone make a decision significantly affecting the lives of people who he clearly regards merely as a means to pay his Council expenses.
We hope the people of Wirral are finally beginning to realise where Wirral Council’s priorities are – protecting the powerful whilst demolishing the dreams of the vulnerable.