Wirral Leaks Weekly Dispatch #21

POSTCARD FROM CORNWALL

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Yes we know the picture isn’t from Cornwall – it is the latest artist’s impression from Wirral Waters. What’s more we admit that we’re beginning to lose track of developments. This latest one is is described as an ‘amenity hub’ :

Developer Peel has submitted a planning application for its £3.5m amenity hub at Egerton Square, designed by architect OMI and featuring a dockside restaurant, gallery, retail, and events space.

The £3.5m project is focussed on delivering amenities for the business and residential communities planned for the area, and will also play host to arts facilities and a waterside events space.

Located at Four Bridges next to Wirral Metropolitan College, it will sit alongside the proposed £6m No 1 Tower Road South office block and the planned Maritime Knowledge Hub, proposals for which were outlined earlier this month. Full story : Wirral Waters Amenity Hub

For one of our readers the Wirral Waters is reminiscent of developments in Cornwall which are detailed in the excellent ‘Cornwall – A Developer’s Paradise’ blog and in particular their latest post which is titled ‘Fantasy and Reality ‘ which concludes with the pertinent observation :

Behind the flannel, is that what their ‘vision’ really amounts to? Is this it? Is this all we have to look forward to? An endless, shallow future of ever more mindless consumption, traffic, congestion, and corporate placelessness? Full story : Fantasy and Reality

As our source asks : “Remind you of another council?”

ESSENTIAL LOGIC

With the recent news that Wirral Council’s Labour administration are committed to spending only on what is considered ‘essential’ a Wirral Leaks reader has questioned where the following jobs that are concerned with gaining World Heritage status for the vandals haven that is Birkenhead Park  fits with this logic . See here : World Heritage Jobs – The Guardian

Wirral Council are advertising two jobs in the Guardian (where else?)
World Heritage Project Manager: salary up to £37,107
World Heritage Project Officer.: salary up to £27,358.
The object is to gain World Heritage Status for Birkenhead Park.
Quite why it needs two well paid staff to do this I cannot understand.
Surely an application to World Heritage, with some documentary support, would be enough?
AND FINALLY …..
We’ve compared the intrigue of Wallasey Town Hall to the Booker Prize winning novel ‘Wolf Hall’ written by Hilary Mantel before. See here :  Uneasy lies The Head That Wears The Crown
However we are particularly grateful to yet another one of our readers who is a Wirral Council retiree who during their long promised lazy summertime reading was struck by the following passage from ‘Wolf Hall’ and how it reminded them of their days in the corridors of power at Wallasey Town Hall :
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Wirral Leaks Weekly Dispatch #8

PIP’S PANTO 

Our loyal readers get us and know exactly what – and who – we like (and don’t like). Accordingly the following information was sent to us by a few members  of the Leakerati and was described as an “open goal” by one and came with the message “please, I implore you. Have some fun with this….” from another. So channelling that laid back Sunday vibe here goes : Wirral Council are commissioning a pantomime.

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As you can see we are not making this shit up . Yes, yes we know it’s always panto season at Wirral Council but we’ll leave you to do your own punchlines . Suffice to say this year’s pantomime has been confirmed as ‘Aladdin’. Freud would have a field day with that choice – keeping the genie in the bottle , the rubbing of lamps etc. For future years might we suggest that ‘Sinbad’ would be the obvious choice (think about it) …..then there’s  ‘Pinocchio’ (the audition for the lead would be right down New Brighton prom) or how about old favourites ‘Spinderella’ and  ‘Puss In (Ugg) Boots’? Indeed someone going by the name ‘Dazzler’ suggests to us a bawdy retro look at how car parking charges at country parks are impacting on the local dogging community with a production of ‘Babes In The Wood’. What does Wirral Council Cllr Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies think ?

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MIPIM IN THE BUD 

Talking of outmoded sexism (and racism) we’ve been asked how the Wirral Council delegation got on dans notre coin de pays at this week’s MIPIM (‘Le marche international des professionnels de l’immoblier’) event in Cannes. Unlike last year where they were seen flogging themselves all over social media like a Cannes courtesan (see below) it appears that curiously they’ve been keeping a low profile. They even left the latest ‘Wirral Waters ‘announcement to Peel’s Richard Mawdsley . Read more here : Wirral Waters

Despite the fanfare it was merely confirmation to us that what we have here is a private housing project kick-started by public money. Although we did note that all concerned are still including a ‘speculative industrial project’ as part of future plans. Let’s face it ‘speculative’ is the word – and when it comes to ‘Wirral Waters’ it has been all along !

Checking out the #MIPIM tweets and social media posts it would appear that when it came to Wirral it was as usual case of the Wirral minnow and the Liverpool whale (no that’s not a reference to Mayor Joe) as Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and Liverpool City Council’s Mayor Joe Anderson took centre stage – although when it comes to the latter we have to ask – who on earth thought that was a good idea?

During our research we couldn’t help notice that there was there was a great deal of national coverage – including The Financial Times and The Guardian – about how sex workers had been banned at this year’s MIPIM event as the sleazy property industry tries to shed its sexist and racist image. As one delegate named Jane said : “What other industry on the face of the earth in 2018 needs to remind businessmen that they can’t bring prostitutes to an industry conference?”

Might we question that whilst the Wirral Council delegation might have felt at home at why did Wirral council tax payers have to pay for this sleazy jamboree?

The most prominent Wirralian we could find referenced on social media was Wirral Olympian Chris Boardman who rocked up to speak on behalf of er…..Manchester. Although we suppose we should be grateful that at least it wasn’t the ubiquitous Sam Quek.

One thing we did find out is that the outfit responsible for all those bloody artist’s impressions are called Uniform Architectural Visualisation . Didn’t you just know they’d be called something like that ? This latest one one is for Egerton Village/Square  – about which we expect to hear much more.

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A DIFFERENT WORLD

One of the twitter feeds we checked out for MIPIM news was  @WirralWellMade which is as far as we can make out is the Martin Liptrot-led  PR arm of the Wirral Growth Company .The latest Tweet we looked at goes like this :

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Seriously?

It transpires that this refers to Heswall being named fourth best place to live in North West in a poll published in today’s The Sunday Times. What we are waiting for Marty is an accurate reflection of what it’s really like to live on Wirral. Relentless positivity is all Wirral well made and good but might we suggest that accurate reporting and reflection of reality is even better ? Even The Sunday Times described The Wirral (sic) as “a different world” .

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Ain’t it just! and one we don’t recognise or no longer care to be part of !

…..AND FINALLY

West Wirral

We’ve been sent this screenshot from this week’s West Wirral Constituency meeting. Now either that’s a misplaced seating arrangement or we need to send Wirral Council’s Deputy Chief Executive David Armstrong our best wishes on his/her transitioning as currently this is the least convincing gender reassignment since boxing promoter Frank Maloney decided to become Kellie.