Shine A Light


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One of the main issues which has concerned our readers this week has been Wirral streetlights. Or rather the lack of them or lack of someone to turn them off when they’re on 24/7! .

The streetlights situation  brings into focus once again that  Wirral Council need to concentrate on getting the basics right before they start channelling resources into speculative schemes such as golf resorts or international business centres.

Having vision (20/20 or otherwise) is one thing but short-sightedness or wilful blindness is another!

Firstly we must bring to your attention a disconcerting blog post by former Wirral Council street lighting design engineer turned inveterate blogger Paul Cardin which is absolutely essential reading on the matter.

Mr. Cardin records his concerns about information provided or not provided by Wirral Council about the location of street lights that have been turned off or were not working properly. The insightful post highlights(!) how some parts of the local media work and how some parts of Wirral Council don’t work with information appearing on and off websites like, well ,Wirral’s streetlights.

Another person who has resorted to social media to spotlight (!) their concerns is Wirral Leaks reader Nick Lauro  who tells us :

“Well after 3 months of waiting after reporting, including Tweets to WMBC, a letter in the Wirral Globe, a piece on the John Brace website and FINALLY, writing to my MP, they sent someone out.

The best bit is the three-way procedure between BAM Nuttall, WMBC and Scottish Power for reporting, assessing and fixing street lamps. It really does become like one of those “how many men does it take to change a light bulb?” jokes. Of course, nothing gets done – apart from the cash-cow street-furniture contract.

In this case, some £30,000,000 on a 6 year contract seems to be riding on whether we get street lamps fixed. I wonder how many honking snouts are in the money trough on that one!!!!

The more voices shouting against the bureaucracy and professional obfuscation that WMBC seem to excel in, the more chance we have of exposing their mismanagement of our public services and general poor practice. I know two people who will have to remain anonymous, who both work for the council as two of the many long suffering employees working under what they describe as a joke management team that have lost any respect from the workforce, mainly due to the pay-freezes they have to endure whilst golden handshakes are given out to the most ineffectual executives, along with obscene daily rates for outsourced consultants.”

We’d like to reassure Mr.Lauro and the growing number of people who have been contacting us that we’ll continue to shine a light on Wirral Council especially when they don’t do the same for us!

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The First Of Many ???

Wirral Council On Route 666

Judging by the Globe’s recent report [HERE]Lord and Lady Wirral Leaks will be keeping their whiskey shot monocled eyes on Wirral Council’s Technical Services Department as it would appear there’s yet ANOTHER whistle-blowing case about to, erm, “blow”.


And for a change it’s NOT the Social Services Department!!! [Gasp!] Apparently the Audit Commission are due to publish a much delayed and currently embargoed report into a multi-million pound Highways contract. You may recall Frank N. Field MP had called on the Serious Fraud Office to investigate the council’s handling of this contract following allegations made to him by a group of whistle-blowers.


It’s a report so secret even the leader of the Council hasn’t had sight of it yet and those involved in writing it have had their tongues cut out.. well not quite, that’s a tad old school Masonic and of course that couldn’t possibly happen in Local Government. I mean this day and age there’s no chance of a cabal of nipple bearing freaks taking over an entire Council is there ?


Because the report is owned by the audit commission Councillor Leader Jefferson Green is not even allowed to know who has actually seen it, rumours that it is to be presented to Wirral Council using the medium of “mime” have not yet been confirmed. Watch this space.