Pip Pops Off : A Wirral Leaks Tribute

Before we provide you with our post local election reflections we need to commemorate that a week ago today the Annual Meeting of Wirral Council saw the  end of an era (pronounced error) as Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies’ tenure as council ‘leader’ officially ceased.

Here at Wirral Leaks we couldn’t let the momentous event pass without providing our own fitting tribute to a ‘man’ who given the choice between right and wrong would always choose the latter option . In our opinion this didn’t make him a political game player it just made him weak. A man who always seemed uncomfortable with ‘leadership’ being thrust upon him after the ignominious fall from grace of that consummate political game player Cllr Steve ‘Foulkesy’ Foulkes  in 2012, in the aftermath of a series of damning reports. This is how we commented on his ascendancy to the top of Wirral Council’s greasy pole:

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As we were to subsequently find out if Power Boy Pip (as he was to become known to Wirral Leaks readers) excelled at anything it was ‘denial’. At this point we’d like to take a leaf out of Kipling’s ‘Just So’ stories and pose the question : ‘How did ‘Power Boy Pip’ get his name?’ Well, thereby hangs a tale from 2013 which you can read here where we mocked how Pip invested in himself ‘Strong leader powers’ and a Cabinet system that screamed weakness. A council criticised for its secrecy becomes less open and transparent,  a council criticised for its lack of accountability concentrates its power in someone who abuses it ,  a council criticised for the conduct of its elected members lets its councillors run amok  as George Davies, Louise Reecejones, Jim Crabtee and Steve Foulkes show their contempt for their ‘leader’ with their out of control conduct and yet somehow Pip only publicly criticises Reecejones – go figure .

We nailed it in our We Leak, Pip Squeaks  post when we wrote :

Of course we believe that ultimately what what will do for Power Boy Pip is his failure to rein in Cllrs  Steve Foulkes and George Davies and to stand up to Birkenhead MP Frank Field over the Wirralgate scandal. These are not the actions of a leader – this is a man out of his depth clutching onto a red flag of convenience and not waving but drowning………………

Pip was never a leader but always the ‘front man’ –  a turd-polishing pollyanna . The pinnacle of this ‘achievement’ being Local Government Chronicle’s ‘ Most Improved Council’ Award in 2015.

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Needless to say Pip took his cue from the ne plus ultra of local political game players, Frank Field, who as we know , has spent 4 decades surrounding himself with ugly bullies and useful idiots . Conveniently Pip was to find many of both, not only in his own party but in the paid ranks of public servants at Wirral Council. However where Pip really began to become unstuck was the alliance made in hell (via West Kirby) with his infamous appointment of politically motivated spin doctor Martin Liptrot to whatever job ‘Liptrotsky’ wanted. The pitiful correspondence from Liptrot to the Council ‘leader’ dictating terms of his  grace and (political) favour employment was pitiful to behold and further evidence of Pip’s reliance on others to sustain him in power. This episode and further details of this disastrous appointment can be read in The Liptrot Mystery.

This reliance on the bad will of others has meant that the past 7 years have been one one long pay off party for some really horrible senior council officers . The routine seemed to be –  Inept? Here’s a cheque. Inept and knowing –  here’s a bigger cheque. Inept , knowing and prepared to do Pip’s dirty work (Hey, Joe  name your price!…)

Compare and contrast that with the fact that throughout his tenure as ‘leader’ (and even before that…) there wasn’t a Wirral Council whistleblower he wasn’t prepared to screw over. Except, of course, the one set of  bogus , so called Wirralgate ‘whistleblowers’ who had him over a barrel and could shaft him at the drop of a tape recording. Luckily for him he had those ‘special leader powers’ to get him out of a deeply corrupt hole of his own making by deciding to bring the Highways contract back in house and give Gary’s Gang what they wanted all along.  Obviously when the hired hands with their hands on the ‘record’ button it’s time to go visit your grandkids in Canada. For more details read here

So many unanswered questions and it shames councillors of all parties that Pip was allowed to quietly depart without them ever being asked. We never did hear the end of the Wirralgate saga did we ? The one that led to front page news stories, and an ‘independent’ investigation that has never seen the light of day ? But oh, believe us before we go you will dear reader!…

Typically, Pip isn’t around to see whether any of the 20 pledges in his much lauded 20/20 Vision thing are ever realised in 2020. Funny how we don’t hear about the pledges anymore isn’t it? There was a time when it seemed that every Labour councillor had to preface every utterance with reference to ‘pledges’ . Could it be that it was all complete bollocks and another reason Pip bailed out before the 20/20 Vision was, to mix a metaphor with a bit of the Bard,  proven to be the usual smoke and mirrors signifying nothing?

However whilst Pip will be gone he will not forgotten as the last ever Leaky Awards will be known as Pip Memorial Awards for Public Dishonour – winners to be announced in a glittering awards ceremony hosted by Pip beneficiaries – the Wirral Chamber of Commerce.

With our nasty head on (do we have any other? ) we were going to wish Pip a very short retirement but we suspect that as he merrily frolics with the Davies clan in Canada and he’s finally free of a position to which he was manifestly unsuited that the red suffused face ( part high blood pressure/part embarrassment) will be replaced by the rosy glow of contentment of knowing that he managed to blag it for so long.

Finally …do we have an extradition treaty with Canada ? Askin’ for a friend!

LED Lampposts – What Wirral Council isn’t telling you … (Part 2)

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Our latest correspondent ‘Bright Spark’ has apologised for any upset caused by their last post that we published. Needless to say we at Wirral Leaks say bring it on – we’ll take the brickbats with the bouquets. These posts are about information sharing ,to raise awareness and to stimulate debate and discussion. The last post  Light Emitting Diodes – What Wirral Council isn’t telling you…   did just that and we look forward to publishing further instalments :

Last week we focused on the blue/white LED lights in the new lampposts that Wirral Council (and most other councils across the UK and world) are now rapidly rolling out and the harm that this light wave spectrum generates for human, wildlife and insect circadian rhythms and hormone production.

This week we will shine the spotlight on the Uninode transmitters which are positioned on the top of the new lampposts and which have been innocently positioned by the Council as a ‘lighting control system’ which are green and save us energy by dimming the lights. If informed of the real purpose, perhaps any support for the potential energy ‘saving’ might be much outweighed by the very real dangers of further increasing our RF (radio frequency i.e. microwave frequency) exposure with a web of inescapable transmitters positioned on every street and outside children’s bedrooms.

Most people have not even noticed the transmitters yet (and are therefore uninformed by the Council), let alone questioned what they are really for. Certainly the Council and Government are keen to roll them out under cover of this lamppost upgrade. Co-incidentally this is in advance of 5G and our ‘digital economy’ with millions being spent to do so.

In our following articles over the next few weeks, we will focus on the health dangers of current wireless radiation exposure, and some of the common sources, which has already increased 118 (i.e. 18,000,000,000,000) times in the last few decades (1) before coming onto the exponential dangers of the new 5G technology of which these transmitters undoubtedly form a part. If you are not already concerned about 5G yet you should be as this is already planned for Liverpool and Birkenhead this year (2) and it is clear that the rest of the Wirral is next with this and other infrastructure rapidly being deployed.

Currently these Uninodes advise that they operate on 868-870 MHz frequency (which falls in the microwave RF spectrum). They are also on continuous transmission. So this is, at the very least, similar to having a mobile phone or stronger spewing out microwave radiation on at all times. This will lead to a further significant increase in the RF microwave smog that the Wirral, and indeed most other areas of the country, are now being exposed to without knowledge or understanding of the dangers and without consent.

The following is extracted from the Harvard Technology ‘Conformance of radio comms equipment relating to human exposure’ document (3):

Harvard LeafNut Radio equipment communicates at very low RF power levels in the 868-870MHz band. From fixed position several meters from human contact, the effective radiated power has been measured between 11-14dBm or 12.5-25mW for 100% continuous transmission. According to the standard this equates to a power density of only 0.007mW/cm2. Safe exposure limits set by this standard are 1mW/ cm2 . This can therefore be deemed in compliance.

Before we go any further, the issue with ‘safety standards’ that industry, Councils, Government and Public Health England quote are based on thermal (heating effects) only of RF / non ionising radiation. They effectively test a fluid filled dummy head (yes you heard that right…a fluid filled dummy head) next to a device for a short exposure (c. 6 minutes) and if the fluid does not heat up by 2 degrees or so, it is declared safe or in compliance. Incredible as that might sound, it is true and this has been and continues to be the basic upon which all wireless radiation devices (cell phones, wifi, baby monitors, DECT phones, smart products, smart meters, cell towers etc.) are deemed safe (4). In fact when you read any response back from the Council or Government regarding safety of RF radiation, they quote these The International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) guidelines and conclude there is ‘no evidence to suggest harm’ at these levels. This does NOT prove it is safe, it means it meets inadequate safety testing which has not been updated since 1998 before the massive explosion of wireless technology. Many credible scientists are saying that these standards are out by a factor of many thousands if not millions for true biological safety.

This so called ‘safety standard’ in the UK does not take into account ANY effect whatsoever on human health, children, embryos in the womb, insects, animals or plant cell biology, nor does it take any account any effect of continuous low level exposure, pulsed frequency exposure or multiple frequency exposure. You will not find any research that proves microwaves biological safety. The guidelines only ‘suggest’ safety….of course based on a short exposure thermal test only! Public Health England (PHE), the Government, Council and Industry take advise from the ICNIRP which sets industry standards for exposure…who sits on this body one has to wonder. In fact the self-appointed ICNIRP seem in the process of relaxing standards in advance of the 5G roll out (5).

We are now totally blanketed by millions and millions of times natural background radiation by every manner of wireless devise and cell towers and now by this ominous, inescapable network of 5G ready lamppost transmitters. It raises very serious questions about human and environmental safety as well as informed consent to forcible exposure (allegedly safe or otherwise). There is no informed choice to being exposed.

4G cell towers are now also being 5G ready enabled and the lamppost transmitters are being connected up via the boxes next to them in preparation. This is happening now. This will enable the Uninode transmitters to be 5G upgraded (if they are not already). 4G or 5G they are still transmitting microwave radiation into every area of our environment.

What they mean by ‘several meters’ from source is unclear but ‘several meters from source’ easily reaches into a bedroom window where a child is asleep for 8 hours and certainly those poor birds that are seen perched on them are exposed at source, which by any safety measure if unsafe. Flying insects and pollinators are attracted to the lights and also find difficultly navigating in the web of electromagnetic radiation as they operate on very subtle electromagnetic signals plus are more quickly affected by their small size. There is no safe ‘distance from source’ for them. This is devastating our insect and small bird populations as it is inescapable (see reference 6 for some examples of how insects and wildlife are affected). The reach of each transmitter is up to 8 km so every person and every creature is being exposed to many thousands of signals at any one time.

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These lampposts are now being connected up via 5G ready cell towers (many new ones of which are rapidly appearing across the Wirral) via Ethernet. Although the Council is currently deigning this is 5G, they are certainly upgradable to 5G frequencies and phased array antennae. We will focus on 5G in a future article, but 5G does not travel well through obstacles (such as trees) and therefore requires to be positioned at least every 2-10 houses or so. All manner of ‘street furniture’ such as lampposts, manholes, phone boxes, church spires etc. will be used to house the transmitters.

If you feel uncomfortable or sick with the current levels of cell towers, wifi and wireless radiation exposure, 5G will be up to 10-100 times stronger and will be inescapable. Imagine a world of driverless cars, drones, facial recognition and robotic controls, the signal cannot fail and must be positioned everywhere.

Basic biology is clear in that every cell and nerve in the body operates using tiny electrical signals. There can surely be no logical doubt that these biological signals will be affected by pulsed or continuous high frequency microwave radiation of billions of cycles per second. For example, your microwave operates using 2.4 GHz (2.4 billions cycles per minute) to excite the water molecules in the food. Wifi operates on 2.4 GHz (although the new wifi’s are operating on 5GHz which is even stronger). Miraculously, when it is on a lower power (such that it does not heat you up by several degrees in a few minutes several meters from source), according to ‘safety standards’ it is perfectly safe! Hey presto! Voila! Magic!

There are, in fact, thousands of papers and calls from credible research scientists across the world that conclude that the current ‘safety standards’ are woefully inadequate (see reference 7 for just a few examples). Biological effects take place at levels far far below thermal levels. We will focus on current wireless radiation exposure health issues in future articles to build up an understanding before focusing on the exponential dangers of 5G about to explode onto our streets. 5G is being sold with wonderful benefits of faster download speeds, economic miracles, instant gaming, virtual reality, driverless cars, drones, AI and the Internet of Things….the downside…turning our environment into a microwave oven….amazingly all with no health impacts whatsoever…and incredible profits!!!

Even the World Health Organisation has in fact classified wireless high frequency radiation as a ‘Group 2B probable carcinogen’ and there are calls to upgrade this to a Group 1 (definitive) carcinogen. And yet, the UK Government and Wirral Council continue with the deployment of this network of transmitters and 5G plans.

It is clear that there is considerable scientific doubt as to the safety of these EU, UK guidelines and standards. Even if just some of it is true, a precautionary approach should be adopted immediately. Scientists all over the world are calling for a halt to 5G which is being ignored (8). We are in the midst of an uninformed and unconsented experiment on our health and that of all future generations.

When challenged, it is clear no safety testing whatsoever on the environmental and/or health impact has been undertaken by Wirral Council or the Government to actual biology of any group (males, females, foetuses, babies, children, wildlife, insects, birds etc. ) potentially now for a lifetime before the deployment of these Uninodes (and other 5G infrastructure) on the Wirral. Sorry…our mistake….of course it is perfectly safe, it meets ICNIRP guidelines that show each device does not heat you up by a few degrees over a short exposure!

In the Council’s Street Lighting ‘Strategy and Action Plan 2014’ (9) extracted are the following quotes:-

The Local Government Act 1966, means that Wirral Council is a Highway Authority in its own right with a duty to ensure the safety of the public highway.
“Wirral will be a place where the vulnerable are safe and protected, where employers want to invest and local businesses thrive, and where good health and an excellent quality of life is within the reach of everyone who lives here”
In delivering a new street lighting approach the Council will aim to:
Act in the best interests of the customer and the Council at all times; Have consideration for the natural and built environments;

You cannot see it, feel it or touch it, but RF radiation via the Central Management System (CMS) and Uninode PhotoCell technology (or any other transmitting devises currently or yet to be deployed) most certainly does not ensure the safety of the public, nor ensure good health, nor protect the vulnerable, nor provides an excellent quality of life, nor consideration for the natural environment. Health is damaged, cancer and neurological problems etc. increase and wildlife is collapsing. There are thousands of studies proving this that are being ignored or discredited by big industry and misleading the government in favour of corporate interests.

Damage from RF radiation is in fact uninsurable by Lloyds of London. This must say something (10).

It needs no reminding that corporate and government interests/targets have been put ahead many times of the evidence and health of the population and wildlife with little comeback on industry/government in later years after harm has incurred e.g. smoking, asbestos, lead petrol, lead paint, x-ray exposure limits, diesel cars, DEET, alicarb and other toxic pesticides, sugar, hydrogenated fats etc. to name a few. These bans and policy changes have come many decades after the initial warnings and evidence. The pattern is the same, denial, discrediting and finally, after countless deaths and lawsuits, admission and eventually, too late for many, a change of policy.

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Finally, if for example, people wish to continue smoking that is their choice now, warnings are finally widespread and clear and smoking is banned from public places and schools. It can also be smelt, seen and avoided. There is no safe limit that can ever reasonably ever be set for smoking from adults to babies. It is a matter of luck if disease, from asthma to cancer, does not manifest. Equally, there is no safe limit to high frequency RF microwave exposure. Unlike smoke, it cannot be seen, felt or smelt, passes through walls and concrete. It is now being broadcast from countless cell towers, soon every street lamppost and all manner of wireless devises that are being pushed out by government (smartmeters) and industry (smarttech and IoT’s). It is therefore absolutely impossible to avoid and the effects are real and cumulative and will manifest over a period of time, and in all liklihood far more quickly with 5G. This is being forced on the population without knowledge, any understanding of the effects or consent. Just because something is technologically possible does not make it safe. The 5G testbeds only prove massive speeds and penetration through buildings etc. they are not testing safety. Just because this is not reported in the industry sponsored mainstream media does not make it untrue.

Even if people or creatures survive the next 20 years before acceptance of harm, DNA will be damaged for generations to come. There is no reversing damaged DNA in humans, eggs, sperm and all living creatures. There is no going back once pollinators have completely collapsed. Of course there are other factors such as pesticides in insect decline but the collapse of insect population is so rapid over the past 10-20 years since the rapid deployment of 2,3 and 4G and wireless technology. Microwaves cannot be seen, felt or touched. Via oxidative damage mechanisms any range of disease can manifest including neurological problems, depression, mental illness, reproductive harm, autism, ADHD, heart arrhythmias, infertility and cancer etc. All of these have increased rapidly in the past 10-15 years. Exposure can generally only be understood with a meter and measurement is very complex so the public is totally unaware of this source of harm and it is difficult to prove which devise it is as it is everywhere….perfect…no comeback! Forced microwave exposure is already significant coming into our homes, towns and public places, 5G is set to increase this massively. The standards being adhered to and quoted by the EU/UK and industry are simply inadequate.

Exposure without consent into our homes from microwave devices fitted to lampposts as well as cell towers to support them are causing grievous bodily harm and they cannot be escaped from as they pass through walls, windows and travel for many miles.

Whilst there may be some merit in the perceived cost savings and carbon reduction of using LED’s and a wireless Central Management System instead of sodium lights and a cabled system and/or manual inspections surely any benefits are far outweighed by this invisible environmental pollution assault filling our environment with ever increasing and uncontrolled levels of DNA / cell damaging high frequency microwave exposure. It must also be noted that many of these LED lights have been seen on in the day hence their effectiveness/purpose as an effective control system is questionable in this regard. The 5G element is even more ominous. Before you marvel at the prospect of faster download speeds, you may want to consider the health impact of 5G in your health and that of your children and the environment.

5G signals do not travel well through trees and foliage. It seems very co-incidental that trees are being felled at a rapid rate across the Wirral as the lampposts and new cell towers roll out across the Wirral, UK and across the rail networks in the interests of protecting out Health and Safety. Given that the chances of being killed by a tree are half that of being killed by lightening but cancer rates are now 1 in 2, autism 1 in 50 and depression and anxiety rife at 1 in 4, it seems that the H&S focus of protecting us by felling trees is a little spurious at best.

The strategy paper ‘Strategy and Action Plan 2014’ also noted that there are safer alternatives to remotely controlling lampposts (if that were their true intention only) that were considered and dismissed such as underground cabling and inspections. Surely, the cost of a few people’s cancer treatment and illnesses will pay for the cabling and manual inspections, albeit from a different government budget line or target. We believe that the public would choose health and overall environmental impact over cost savings if they were in full possession of the facts.

There is no safe level of exposure to microwave radiation. Period. Microwave radiation is found in nature in almost undetectable levels. Microwave radiation has been classified as a Group 2b carcinogen by the WHO and there are calls to upgrade that classification to a Group 1 carcinogen. The public should be able to walk down their streets, around their home, garden, town and public places without being unknowingly and/or unwillingly exposed to any/let alone continually increasing levels of microwave radiation for the sake of cost savings, government targets, ‘progress’, or the push for the digital and smart economy, 5G and ‘internet of things’.

Recently in the news, there has been talk around the Clean Air Act with children at risk and deserving to breath clean air to stop pollution related deaths. Although microwaves cannot be seen they are a significant health and air/environmental pollutant. We all should have the right to clean air and a clean environment. The government also a few days ago announced a commitment to biodiversity and the environment. Filling the land with RF radiation is not compatible with this pledge.

Do you consent to you and your family being forcibly exposed to these microwave transmitting devises on every lamppost in your home, garden, street or public places? This is an assault on our right to live peacefully in our own homes and should be classified an act of grievous bodily harm if non consensual.

A recent letter (dated March 2018) signed by Cllr Phil Davies, Leader of Wirral Council stated that 2018 priorities were:-

Making sure children are safe, protected and able to reach their full potential.
Investing to improve the quality of our roads and highways.
Expanding our zero-tolerence approach to anti-social behaviour and working with Police to make sure Wirral remains a safe place to live and work.

These Uninode transmitters DO NOT protect children (they harm them), they are an environmental hazard on our roads and are an act of grievous bodily harm and therefore to not provide a safe place to live and work.

An recent article in the Wirral Globe quotes (11):
Councillor Phil Davies who said: “My recommendation will propose all of Wirral’s more than 27,000 street lamps, illuminated bollards and other road safety features across Wirral are improved over the next three years – with 9,000 street lights repaired and replaced in 2018 alone.”
“This investment by my administration would mean every street light in Wirral, from major highways to country lanes and cul-de-sacs, will be replaced with a high-tech, energy efficient LED bulb.”
“This is the single largest investment in our street lighting and road safety for ten years.”
“Following a long-running campaign lead by Cllr Stuart Whittingham, cabinet member for transport, we are delighted to have secured £4.6m of funding from SALIX to provide 27,000 new lamps with remote control dimmers and switches.”

Perhaps these Council and Cabinet leaders will one day be held responsible for any and all future harm caused by RF transmissions from these lampposts and 5G transmitters they have personally endorsed and forced upon us..

Please do not dismiss this information without due research. If you do not consent to being forcibly microwaved in your own home, garden, street and workplace, ensure that your voice is heard by the Council and industry. DO NOT purchase a 5G enabled phone, car or devise, check every new electronic purchase carefully. Do not assume that someone else will do this or that the Council will suddenly acknowledge the dangers and change policy. Only sufficient public research and outcry has a chance of doing that. We are all in awe of faster mobile speeds, glued to our phones and smart devices, perhaps it is time to urgently reconsider our priorities.

If you are in any doubt after reading this article about the severity of this health situation in regards to lamppost transmitters and 5G, please consider signing the two appeals below and sharing with everyone you know.

https://www.change.org/p/wirral-borough-council-stop-5g-roll-out-across-wirral-7699ab72-8dd1-4e73-a8d5-2a5ac834e3d8



https://www.change.org/p/liverpool-city-council-stop-5g-rollout-merseyside-b20cd939-e4f6-4691-9432-a3eb392d1578?recruiter=268591111&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition

Some references:

(1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7R4gKs8ViI

(2) https://mediacentre.vodafone.co.uk/news/5g-in-19-cities-during-2019/?fbclid=IwAR2SCHMzH1VVAiOjWqIScBQui2tWMRWY3QV7FheTHjwnKZDoS9kIc8AgfbQ

(3) Uninode literature attached. Harvard technology seem to have gone into administration and links no longer work. Other companies will be tendering if not already appointed.

(4) https://ehtrust.org/sar-test-inadequate/

(5) https://www.smombiegate.org/icnirp-a-private-unelected-body-defines-future-of-cancerous-5g-for-world/?fbclid=IwAR3J91Rx6pTBM2MnGm4gvUKwSSSfMizfhxvD8zSHAPvEKGNXF7y6hsVpqPE

(6) https://mdsafetech.org/environmental-and-wildlife-effects/

http://www.sccma-mcms.org/Portals/19/SilentSpringAticle_color_pr2.pdf?fbclid=IwAR37WtA2F7F6ogEHjprTXPZt4iridUOxiiobZ79pvwIq6RxWfUa_m8QPzXU

https://ehtrust.org/published-research-adverse-effect-wireless-technology-electromagnetic-radiation-bees/

(7) http://www.bioinitiative.org

https://ehtrust.org.

https://www.radiationresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/EU-EMF2018-6-11US3.pdf

A few other references and articles (there are many many more):

https://www.smombiegate.org/4g-5g-frequency-danger-stop-new-mobile-phone-masts-going-up-near-you/

https://ehtrust.org/science/research-on-wireless-health-effects/

https://www.radiationresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/EU-EMF2018-6-11US3.pdf

http://treeoflifecenterus.com/5g-a-toxic-assault-on-the-planetary-web-of-life/

https://thecontrail.com/m/blogpost?id=4744723%3ABlogPost%3A911113&fbclid=IwAR0wxNAMdRfPD8asSAYKAm3pKz-TBdpKNp1xMDKuRusbYMpa6HQYQdQDBj0

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanplh/article/PIIS2542-5196(18)30221-3/fulltext?dgcid=raven_jbs_etoc_email&fbclid=IwAR1s3PagJHpPbQjkb2jhRvCGrdJwL877rIXQQRr70GdaSIBmCquPBi7QaH0

Light Emitting Diodes – What Wirral Council isn’t telling you…

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We are quite happy to provide a platform for people who want to get their message out to a wider public , especially when we don’t have the knowledge about a particular  subject and think our readers may have an ‘information deficit’ © Wirral View. Our thanks to our latest correspondent ‘Bright Spark’ for an upcoming series of illuminating posts :

Plans to replace all 27,000 street lamps across the Wirral with LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) is underway. Cllr Stuart Whittingham, cabinet member for highways is quoted in the Wirral Globe as saying ‘this investment is fantastic news for everyone. It brings benefits that are almost immeasurable’. Whilst there may be energy saving benefits of the LED, this investment will take many years to pay for itself. What residents are not being told is that these bright white LEDs (with microwave transmitting devices installed) will have ‘immeasurably’ dangerous health effects on people, the environment and wildlife.

The danger is two fold. Firstly, the bright white LED light is, in itself, not only glaring and unsightly, it is harmful to health. Secondly, the RF (radio frequency) ‘Uninode’ transmitting antenna located on top are transmitting harmful microwaves into the environment, killing insects and small birds and beaming into your child’s bedroom.

Today we will focus on the dangers of the white/blue LED light and next week we will focus on the microwave emitting antennae spewing dangerous frequencies into the environment on continuous transmission

Humans and animals have evolved to require sunlight during the day and darkness at night. Before electric light, we burned wood and candles. This light has a lot of yellow/red and almost no blue and is the most healthy light at night. What we have now is very different. The white light emitted from a LED has a lot of blue and almost no red/yellow. This is disruptive to health, causing an increase in cancers, especially prostrate and breast cancer, by hormone disruption pathways. The bright light emitted from a LED can also cause damage to the retina of the eye and also interrupts sleep patterns because the white/blue light suppresses the production of melatonin, which helps us sleep. Melatonin plays a key role in regulating the day-night cycles and has several other key functions, for example it is a powerful anti-oxidant and also has an anti-inflammatory function. It is estimated that the white LED lampposts are up to five times more effective at suppressing melatonin that the old sodium lamps.

Have you also noticed the uncomfortable glare of the new white LED lampposts compared to the old sodium lights, which are more comfortable to the eye and create a more pleasant ambience at night? Gone are pleasant evening walks with the dog. Night workers, taxi driver and those driving at night will be especially affected. Because LED light is so concentrated and has a high blue content, it causes a severe glare, resulting in pupillary constriction in the eyes. It scatters more in the human eye than the longer wavelengths of yellow and red, damaging the retina. This can cause problems seeing clearly for safe driving or walking at night. You can sense this easily if you look directly into one of the control lights on your new washing machine or other appliance; it is very difficult to do because it hurts. Street lighting can have this same effect. Look up and see how this affects you by comparing the glare and discomfort of the new LED lampposts compared to a street, which still (for now) has the old yellow/orange sodium lights.

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Street lighting is also an important component of light pollution and impacts the environment. Bright electric lighting can also adversely affect wildlife by, for example, disturbing migratory patterns of birds and some aquatic animals which nest on shore. Sleep, nocturnal patterns and hibernation are also affected. It is unlikely a co-incidence that the insect population has also declined by a catastrophic 70-80% since the introduction of these lights as well as the rapid increase in microwave radiation from cell towers and wireless devices over the past decade. If you are old enough, you may remember having hundreds of flies all over your car windscreen even after a short journey. When was the last time you saw even one squashed fly or saw flocks of sparrows or small birds? They have nowhere to hide and are unable to escape the glare and radiation, which is being blanketed across the Wirral and the UK by these lights as well as an alarming increase in cell towers. This information is being ignored or suppressed by industry and government in favour of the huge profits (and consumer demand) of new technology.

The council should be controlling the blue-rich lighting by using the lowest emission of blue light possible and they should be properly shielded. There is almost never a completely satisfactory solution to a complex problem. We must have some lighting at night but we need dimmer warmer lighting that is also technologically safe. The need for energy efficiency is serious, but so too is minimising human risk and contributing to environmental catastrophe from bad lighting.

Next week we will focus on the microwave transmitting antenna on the new LED lampposts which many people have not even noticed yet and that have been rolled out without public knowledge or consent outside your home.

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On the Highway to another Maccy D’s ?

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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…

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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)…

 

Highways – The Long and Winding Road

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…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…

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Making Plans For Wirral

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Following yesterday’s masterful Masterplantastic story we bring you an immaculately timed letter from  Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Housing , Communities and Local Government which tells us what happens when a council has ‘visions’ rather than ‘plans’ !

As you may remember last November we brought to your attention Wirral Council’s failure to produce a ‘Local Plan’ and Javid’s warning that there would be government intervention if Wirral Council leader Cllr Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies couldn’t get his house in order : Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail .  Wirral Council was one of 15 council’s who received such a warning with  Javid making this sabre rattling statement :

…today is the day that my patience has run out.

Those 15 authorities have left me with no choice but to start the formal process of intervention that we set out in the white paper.

By failing to plan, they have failed the people they are meant to serve.

The people of this country who are crying out for good quality, well-planned housing in the right places, supported by the right infrastructure.

They deserve better, and by stepping in now I’m doing all I can to ensure that they receive it.

Now it would appear that Wirral Council has excelled themselves by being one of only 3 remaining councils who now face intervention for “persistent failure over many years to get a Local Plan in place”  For further details : Three councils

The full shameful letter from Javid to Pip can be read here :

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Meanwhile a Wirral Leaks commentator going by the name of ‘HeadBallRoll’ writes to us to say :

After a series of mealymouthed excuses as to why highly paid council officers and their political paymasters couldn’t actually cut and paste something resembling a Local Plan by 31st January 2018 – as they were too busy hiding behind their 20/20 Vision and pledges rather than meeting a statutory requirement by which they can be held to account . Maybe the chosen few were too busy scoping golf courses, closing children’s centres, farming out council houses to private property developers … or simply not paying attention? So it’s been around a while, ending up with 15 councils warned by the angry Slaphead Javid.  But even nearly three years’ notice wasn’t enough for the senior, blind, bumbling incompetents shuffling around lost, bumping into each other, muttering, tripping over files, in the dusty, unused Wirral planning office.

And let’s face it, 33 months is  nowhere near enough notice to get their shit together (after 13 years of not having a ‘Local Plan’ !)  Presumably the other dozen LAs scraped through because they had enough about them to focus, gather the remnants of good practice and apply the last surviving vestiges of planning nous into cobbling some crappy document together in time.

But not here.  It seems they’ve sat around, twiddled their thumbs and hoped the horrible Tories would either go away, forget, or not go through with it.

Despite the BIG proclamations, the BIG egos, the BIG senior salaries, they’ve messed up BIG style.  It’s one BIG cock-up.

This being Wirral though, where abject failure and disaster have long become customary bedfellows, like night follows day, or falling off a log, it doesn’t soften the blow.

But hey, as long as those bumper salaries are not cut off and continue to come in on pay day, where’s the incentive to do your jobs, lol?

So chaos is now expected and planned for at ‘most improved’ Wirral. (Who remembers the Children’s Services OFSTED catastrophe that overpromoted social worker and CEO Eric Robinson  knew about months in advance, only to dive under his desk, head in hands, dribbling and doing bugger all to stave it off?)

And what of the grafting junior staff of the Planning Department, doing their utmost to at least be professional and hold the fort?

Monday morning will arrive, and they’ll find themselves intercepted, scapegoated, placed into the line of fire and reaping the consequences of years of failure by their bosses and councillors – who will have had just enough prior notification to give it all a timely body swerve…. That’s the type of ‘planning’ they’re very good at. Avoidance measures, whilst junior bods and lackeys are left to pick up the pieces. 

So it’s not just Children’s Services, Social Services, Highways Services that have collapsed into an abject, irretrievable mess.We can now add the Planning Department to the long list of shame.

Of course the upshot of all this is that Wirral’s ‘Local Plan’ could now come under the auspices of the Liverpool City Region as Javid warns in his letter:

 

My officials will also begin formal discussions on the options of inviting the Combined Authority for the Liverpool City Region to prepare a Local Plan for Wirral and on the possibility of directing an accelerated Joint Plan, as part of considering whether to use my statutory powers and if so which ones.

Could this have been part of  Pip’s ‘Masterplan’ all along ?  To evade accountability for an unpopular ‘Local Plan’ and subsequent planning decisions – ” It wasn’t us who approved a golf resort etc;  – it was the Liverpool City Region!”

 

The WBC Golf Set

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 !