Maccy D’s cheek by jowl with Highways depot. Planning at its finest.
Another recent news story that readers have sought our commentary on is this one headlined McDonald’s drive thru planned for Prenton
A source writes:
How long has the word ‘through’ been ‘thru’? The next thing you know they’ll be spelling the name ‘Foulkes’ as ‘Fucks’. And ‘Trump’ as ‘Davies’.
For indeed as you can read the story concerns Cllr Steve ‘Foulkesy’ Foulkes the Chair of Wirral Council’s Planning Committee seeking a site visit to the Durley Industrial Estate to check the suitability of the location for yet another McDonald’s. Well it’s better than having to go to work isn’t it Foulkesy?
We can safely assume that Foulkesy won’t be popping into ‘Total Fitness’ gym while he’s there but he might well pop in to Wirral Council’s Highways depot . After all he might want to meet up with some chums who were willingly involved with him in a political smear campaign and have been actively involved in protecting his and Cllr George Davies sorry arses ever since . But in return for what we ask ourselves? We don’t know whether Foulkesy will be meeting up with old acquaintances for sure because, as we can see from this Freedom of Information request titled Organisational breakdown of highways and transport division , Wirral Council are curiously reluctant to identify details of staff currently working within the Highways department. We are only allowed to know the name of the Interim Director at the top of the tree because he is the only public servant who earns over £50K…
The reminder of Foulkesy’s long standing dishonesty makes us want to once again question his suitability to be Chair of any Committee, let alone the Planning Committee. If any Wirral Council Committee requires the Chair to be like Caesar’s wife and above suspicion it is this particular appointment.
We’ll know if there’s been any jiggerypokery with this planning application if Maccy D’s incongruously opens up on an industrial estate and introduce a ‘Sorrento Burger’ in tribute – made from 100% British bully beef (guaranteed no foreign muck and with a hot and fiery sauce)…
Spot the difference.
…and out! It’s a sign of the times!
You wouldn’t know it but today is one of the most significant days in Wirral Council history.
Ten years after the Highways Department was controversially outsourced to Colas (and subsequently BAM Nuttall) , the people that attend to streetlights , fill potholes and commission contracts for roadworks and related services once again, and even more controversially, become employees of Wirral Council. So it’s a case of out with the old and er, in with the old.
However there has been no fanfare for such a momentous event – just a discreet removal of the BAM Nuttall signs at the Highways depot and it’s business unusual.
The highly significant decision to return the Highways Department multi-million pound contract in-house was made in November 2017 by council leader Cllr Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies using his ‘special delegated powers’ . Isn’t curious that in the intervening 11 months that Pip didn’t /couldn’t/wouldn’t order a re-tendering exercise and instead took the unprecedented step of returning a department to the control of Wirral Council. It must be gratifying to make a knotty problem go away with the wave of a magic wand mustn’t it? Especially when there has been a woeful lack of proper scrutiny or thorough probing on this highly dubious move by other Wirral councillors.
Shall we now expect more outsourced public services to be returned in- house? The failing care homes? Waste management? Will the control room staff get their jobs back? Will Wirral Council become less reliant on external consultants and recruit competent managers with a commitment to public services? – Breath-holding is not advised.
Which all makes us wonder what made the long and winding road that led to the return of highways department to Wirral Council such an exceptional case?
Wirral Leaks readers might know the answer to that question and it has very little to do with value for money, the public interest or due diligence…
We wouldn’t be so bold or foolish as to suggest WBC would EVER be as unprofessional as to conduct it’s business on the golf course. In fact this photo from the Corporate Golf Wank Off in 2006 suggests that would NEVER happen, EVER.
Control yourselves, this much testosterone, dodgy knitwear, ill-advised “slacks” and coquettishly unbuttoned polo shirts could tear the very fabric of space and time asunder !