Architecture and Morality

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Verity  has been doing a bit research following the viewing of John Brace’s coverage of last week’s Planning Committee meeting. The poor saps who turned up expecting a debate about proposals about Saughall Massie fire station were blindsided by bureaucracy and politely asked to leave by committee chair Cllr Anita Leech (and if ever there was an archetypal Wirral councillor name Anita has got it!)


Forgive us for ignoring (for now) the plans to build a fire station on the green belt. We’re more interested in plans to turn Birkenhead ‘s Charing Cross into even more of a vagrant destination than it already is.

The architects behind the latest plan to degrade Birkenhead town centre even further (if that were possible) is SDA Architecture on behalf of their client Dr Ahmed. SDA Architecture have an ignoble history of making such applications. This is even more surprising when you consider that one of their former directors is Cllr Paul ‘ Danceaway’ Doughty.

However Cllr Doughty appears to have to have passed the baton on his son as a conduit  for  landlords who want to turn properties into houses of multiple occupation and maximum profit . These are the current directors of SDA Architecture ( Doughty Jnr  is the one on the left ).
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It comes to something when even Birkenhead MP Frank Field rocks up to object about plans to turn a building on Charing Cross into a ‘dosshouse’. But then Frankenfield and his long -standing acolyte Cllr Jean Stapleton were only gegging in on Birkenhead & Tranmere councillor Pat Cleary’s call in on this particular planning application. It is frightening to think that if he hadn’t council officers under their delegated powers would have approved a 12 bedded hellhole ( but then they don’t have to live there – so why should they care?)

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Happier days when Jean and Frank didn’t have to ask awkward questions about yet another  lamentable Labour councillor who they’ve repeatedly turned a blind eye to.

Criticism was made during the Planning Committee meeting of a previous SDA Architecture application on behalf of Dr Ahmed to convert a former police station on Laird Street

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12 bedsits in this space? – would Cllr Doughty live in one of them? Just sayin’

Frankenfield’s intervention in his lightweight seersucker (not a euphemism) is even more surprising when you consider that Cllr Paul Doughty tried to ingratiate himself with the local political powerbroker by nominating him for an award from the Mormons for upholding ‘family values’ . Once again, you really couldn’t make this shit up!

However what we’d really like to know is exactly what is Cllr Paul ‘Danceaway’ Doughty’s relationship with notorious flytipping facilitator Arthur Morgan?

Surely it can’t be the same Arthur Morgan who has business interests with Pensions Committee chair Cllr Doughty ?

We think we should be told!

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Blott’s Pension Pot

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As we exclusively revealed in February Wirral Council Super – Duper Director Joe Blott is about to escape. Most appropriately the article featured a ticking clock as we can only imagine that Blott must be counting the seconds until his exit as he knows all too well that the proverbial is about to hit the fan.

Poor Joe’s main role these past few years seemed to be the “council spokesperson” wheeled out to defend the indefensible by successive Chief Executives  – most recently elective mute Stressed Eric Robinson.

So after a highly lucrative career in local government  we asked ourselves what might Joe’s next move be ?. Entirely selfless voluntary work in one of the many foodbanks on Wirral ? – which oddly enough is also the obesity capital of Britain – no , we don’t know how that works either!.

Just teasing !  , of course  not ! –  apparently Joe will be topping up his pension pot and forging a new career in property development!. Like you do. Not only that he will be working closely with Wirral Council’s Chair of the Pensions Committee – Paul “Dance Away” Doughty!.  A Committee on which Joe Blott was coincidentally an Officer of the Fund!.

Now we think it’s to be commended that councillors and council officers have a good working relationship. But I’m sure we’re all agreed that there should be boundaries and that it doesn’t compromise Wirral Council or Merseyside Pension Fund business. One needs only to recall Matron McLaughlin’s rather desperate and misguided devotion to disgraced former Social Services director Kevin Miller and the trouble that that caused!. We also worry about Executive Policy Officer / Crypto Chief Executive  Martin Liptrotsky’s influence over Council “leader” Power Boy Pip Davies.

However we’re sure that all the necessary declarations will be made when this new business venture goes ahead – especially if Blott and Doughty are intending to work on building up the property portfolio on behalf of the Merseyside Pension Fund in the future.

Finally – an invitation  to the annual Leaky Towers Garden Party for the first person to send us a copy of Joe Blott’s Rivergate Ltd business card.