Who’s Resorting to Misleading Information? You Decide!

BEACON FOR TOURISM

Cllr Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies, the outgoing Wirral Council ‘leader’ has repeatedly stated that campaigners opposing the Hoylake Golf Resort have been spreading ‘misleading’ information. However, apparently when asked to meet with campaigners to clarify his accusation he went strangely quiet. If Pip and his Council cronies are so outraged about ‘misleading’ information, we wonder why they haven’t bothered to correct any of the ‘misleading’ information being put out by the developers for the Hoylake Golf Resort?

In recent media articles and on their website the Nicklaus Joint Venture Group (NJVG) have stated the building the luxury golf resort houses will mean that the Hoylake Golf Resort link road will not be funded by the public purse. This information is incorrect as the Golf Resort road WILL be funded from the public purse. This ‘misleading’ information was brought to the attention of Wirral Council officers in February, but no response was received.

We understand that at the last Wirral West Constituency Meeting on 14th March a member of the public asked David ‘Golf’ Ball, Assistant Director of Housing and Economic Growth, to clarify whether the NJVG were correct to state that the road would not be publicly funded.

David Ball responded:

I’m not quite sure why the Nickalaus Joint Venture Group have said there is no public money going in to the road because as we did report, as you have rightly said, to the last Cabinet meeting …the link road has an opportunity for a number of sources of funding, one could be through grant from the Liverpool City Region as a transport scheme or the other alternative approach is to recycle the capital receipt that the Council would receive from the golf resort project into part funding that road, and that is my understanding of the position at the present time, so I don’t know why the Nicklaus Joint Venture Group said there was no public money required for that because that’s not my understanding of the position

Responding to cries from the audience about people being misled Cllr Jeff ‘Yellow’ Green stated:

To be fair to David…David won’t be able to give an answer about why people are being misled by the Joint Ventures web site, but I am sure he will go back and speak to them and make sure that it is corrected, is that right?

to which David Ball gave a resounding:

Yes!

However at the time of this post, more than 6 weeks after the constituency meeting and 10 weeks after the ‘misleading information’ was first highlighted to Council officials, the incorrect information is still on the NJVG website.

Other misleading information which the NJVG is stating on their website is about the quality of the farmland that could be annexed by Hoylake Golf Resort. NJVG claim it is “poor quality grade 4 cultivated land”. The Wirral Society obtained further information from the Soil Association and Landis.org. They also sought the opinion of Cranfield University who produce the Soilscapes website and are sponsored by DEFRA. Rather than being poor farmland, the Soilscapes websites indicate that much of the land is productive, suitable for dairying or beef and some cereal or feed production. Cranfield University were also of the opinion that the soil could even be graded as ALC Class 1 if better irrigation was introduced. We don’t know exactly what that means but even we know that Class 1 sounds better than Grade 4.

https://www.wirralsociety.net/hoylake-golf-resort-agricultural-land-assessment/

Finally, we would like to highlight that one of the pages on the resort website says “Hoylake Resort will provide a beacon for tourism within Wirral” – accompanied by photos NOT of Wirral’s many fabulous tourist attractions and wonderful natural areas, but instead by photographs of the Liverpool skyline and bizarrely , Wallasey Town Hall. Not a green in sight! – which politically is just how Power Boy Pip and Co would like it!

Does this mean that the NJVG know what many already suspect – that despite what the top Council spinners may say about making Hoylake a “world class destination”, most golfers will finish their rounds of golf and disappear along the publicly funded road straight on to the motorway to go and visit the world class international attractions in Liverpool just 15 minutes away!…

Not that we’re suggesting that Wirral Council’s ruling administration would ever resort to misleading information. However we’d like to point out that in a recent Labour leaflet distributed in Birkenhead & Tranmere there was the usual ‘Vote Green Get Blue’ rhetoric and alleged evidence that  that Cllr Pat Cleary votes with the Tories. We are reliably informed that the image is being pointed out to residents on the doorstep.

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It is certainly a ‘misleading’ piece of editing but certainly not as technically proficient as piecing together the panoramic that shows the full vote that was occurring out of view which had six out of seven Labour Councillors with their hands up as well!

A Green Party leaflet exposes the ‘misleading  information’ here :

Transparency

Now that’s what we call evidence of ‘misleading information’.

Over to you Cllr Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies to evidence campaigners opposing the Hoylake Golf Resort have been spreading ‘misleading’ information.  Although no doubt he’ll be too busy counting the minutes until his leaving do to be held at Wallasey Town Hall on May 8th…

 

 

SPECIAL REPORT : Kingdom Con

Nearly three years ago Wirral Leaks first brought to your attention Kingdom Security Ltd (Kingdom) and the issuing of Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) on behalf of Wirral Council in our Cash for Trash  post. We asked the question then :

Is this more about swelling Council coffers than about environmental concerns ?

Now with Wirral Council resorting to desperate measures to raise cash by any means, be it parking charges, car emissions, business waste and land disposal those concerns have continued to grow . When it comes to Kingdom they have intensified even further due to the following report we have received from one of our ever increasing roster of roving reporters:

What will it take to break up the ‘love in’ between Wirral Borough Council and Kingdom? Street cleaning costs haven’t reduced whilst Kingdom have taken over a million pounds away from our Borough since they started their  ‘Environmental Enforcement operations here in July 2015

WBC have allowed Kingdom to rewrite the rules – when it comes to environmental crimes on Wirral the onus now appears to be on the alleged offender to prove their innocence when the only evidence against them is the word of the Enforcement Officer (whose word appears to be sacrosanct, despite receiving minimal training) .The ‘zero tolerance’ approach to littering is the complete opposite to the guidelines issued by Department for Environment ,Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Within these guidelines DEFRA makes it clear in what circumstances FPNs should be issued. DEFRA’s  view is that it is not in the public interest to issue a FPN where there was ‘not clear evidence that the individual intended to cause litter’. DEFRA’s suggested practical ways to deal with such situations ,notably where there is a doubt over a person’s intent, was ‘for the enforcement officer to challenge the person and to state that they have seen them drop something and to ask them to pick it up . Should the individual refuse to pick up the litter then there would be sustainable grounds for issuing a FPN and pursuing prosecution , should the FPN go unpaid’

Following the recent Kingdom WhatsApp leak reported in the Liverpool Echo and Mail Online : Shocking Leaked WhatsApp Chat Kingdom denied WhatsApp was an official means of communication. A spokesman for Kingdom said : ‘Kingdom do not recognise that form of communication . Having seen some of the language used an investigation will be carried out and if necessary disciplinary procedures may follow Kingdom expects more from its staff’ 

Please note that Eoin Henney (Business Manager at Kingdom until Summer 2018)  set up both the Wirral chat group and the North West chat group, which included Wirral, Liverpool and North Wales councils. Below you will find from the What’s App extracts that Eoin Henney was one of the most frequent contributors . We understand that two of the other main contributors are still with the company , as team leaders . Of these two ‘MOR’ is part of a mobile team which is an ‘elite’ group that travels the North West (and North Wales when Kingdom were there)  to prop up areas where the ticket totals were flagging.

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There are references to the club within both chats we have viewed   – membership to this “club” is restricted to officers that issued 100 or more tickets within a month, which earned them a special competency payment.
This has recently been changed to £5 bonus for every ticket over 4 issued in a single day with no upper limit.
The constant request for “scores” is proof that it is just giant competition between officers and regions, where they win and the public lose. There is no mention of the environment,of educating the public or anything professional whatsoever in the attitude, whilst the fact that numerous official instructions are issued through this medium proves Kingdom used WhatsApp as a business tool. The contempt the Kingdom staff (who are after all acting on WBC’s behalf) have for the public, particularly those in Wirral is painfully obvious.

On May 9th this year, whilst the tendering process for the new contract was underway , WBC sent the following emails to Kingdom which includes the following line from Susan Bannister : I have been advised that we only had 1 officer out on patrol on the Bank Holiday Saturday (I’m unaware of patrol hours ) and no officers on patrol on both Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday . This is unacceptable and Rob Cain will be looking into a default notice in this regard’ 

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However as you can see from the WhatsApp chats ,once the enforcers reach their target on a Sunday,they are free to go home,irrespective of the contracted hours … wonder if WBC agreed to that ? How ,less than 5 weeks later , were they awarded a new contract for 3 years with a 3 year extension option?

As we know WBC have often denied that Kingdom staff are incentivised and receive bonuses for issuing FPNs as we also have copies of Wirral competency payments spreadsheets . We have to say for a company handling so much personal data there have to be serious concerns about Kingdom’s security ,given the leakiness of its own documents and communications.

Finally, Kingdom enforcers like to give people the impression they have caught an offence on camera. People need to know these recordings don’t start until Kingdom start speaking to them. Now that’s an ‘information deficit’ that you won’t find in WBC’s Wirral View…and whilst we’re discussing what does/doesn’t happen we’ll leave you with some video footage of a Kingdom operative threatening to stop someone from boarding a bus .These people have NO powers of detention , even a PCSO can only detain for a maximum of 30 minutes , Kingdom enforcers – zero minutes. Has this staff member been suspended,reprimanded or advised as to what the limits of his role are?

Or what about the Kingdom officer openly selling  cigarettes on Facebook? Shouldn’t people who enforce the law for a living be equally scrupulous in their private lives? We wouldn’t like to think that someone who makes a living from taxpayers was depriving HMRC of revenue and especially when we understand they were involved in a particularly shocking example of Kingdom’s ‘zero tolerance ‘ policy’

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