We received some friendly if surprising correspondence from Wirral Council last week. We say this as we know we are anathema to the powers that be , especially when we hear reports that it is a ‘sackable offence’ for Wirral Council staff to to be seen in any way to be endorsing Wirral Leaks.
So we’d like to thank Colin Clayton – Senior Manager Environmental Health & Trading Standards for contacting us regarding the Environmental Disaster article we published last week https://wirralleaks.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/environmental-disaster/
Mr Clayton has clearly been given special dispensation to get in touch with us directly and we think that such a senior figure having to do so accurately reflects the seriousness of the concerns we raised. Indeed we were able to ascertain that Mr Clayton is so distinguished by the fact that the letters after his name would attract a great Scrabble score.
We share our correspondence in the spirit of openness and transparency and express how grateful we are not to see that ‘LGC Most Improved Council 2015’ imprint at the end of the email.
We may not have been able to give Mr Clayton the answer he wanted but unfortunately this is also true of many people who try and get documents and information from Wirral Council.
I write with reference to the article appearing on your site relating to the work of Environmental Health and various documents provided to you in connection with the same.
As you correctly recognised and stated, the documents contain personal information relating to residents who have reported complaints to Environmental Health. I would be grateful if you would return all the documents provided to you. The Council is willing to arrange personal collection of the documents or reimburse you for the costs of secure courier delivery of the document to me at the address below.
Our initial enquiries seem to indicate this was a simple mistake on behalf of one of our officers, albeit an admittedly serious one. The Council is investigating the incident fully to ensure all necessary steps are taken to avoid such an error being made again in the future.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Colin Clayton Bsc (Hons) Bsc (Hons) Ndip MBA MCIEH
Senior Manager Environmental Health & Trading Standards
Regeneration & Environment Directorate