The High Peak of Hypocrisy : Norbury’s Buxton Bolthole

We can’t take any credit for this latest revealing insight into the warped mindset of Wirral politicians but we are more than pleased to publish it.

Now we have no problem with prospective parliamentary candidate Cllr Tony Norbury buying a property in Buxton nestled as it is in newly-Labour controlled High Peak Borough Council but please, please, please we don’t want him to give us that bleeding heart socialist rhetoric whilst he’s at it.

Oh, and as far as we’re concerned his spelling (Yavonne Nolan???) , having the handwriting of a 7 year old and a preference for “PVC Wood Look Alike (sic) Double Glazing”  would be reason enough to exclude him from high public office forever…

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In the 1st picture you can see Cllr Tony Norbury’s declaration on Wirral Council’s website.  He states he owns NO property in Birkenhead or anywhere within the boundaries of Wirral Council.  He states that he only RENTS a property in Birkenhead.

The 2nd picture is from his Facebook page, Tony for Birkenhead.  He has been out with his ‘comrades’ campaigning for Yvonne Nolan in Rock Ferry and talks about pursuing socialist policies that will “keep OUR wealth in Birkenhead”. Whilst he calls on keeping “our wealth in Birkenhead” he doesn’t appear to think that applies to him.

Picture 3 shows 50 West Road in Buxton, Derbyshire, which according to Rightmove was bought in July 2015 for £135,000.  The link shows a planning application made to High Peak Council by a Mr Tony Norbury (with the same mobile contact number Cllr Tony Norbury lists on Wirral Council’s website) submitted in March 2018.

http://planning.highpeak.gov.uk/portal/servlets/AttachmentShowServlet?ImageName=413162

Tony has decided not to invest in the ward he represents as a Labour councillor, not to invest in the parliamentary constituency he wants to represent as a Labour MP,  not even within the Labour controlled Liverpool City Region… 

Who’s Resorting to Misleading Information? You Decide!

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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 :

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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…

 

 

5G Or Not 5G?

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The latest from our correspondent ‘Bright Spark’ and research undertaken on the planned 5G rollout across Merseyside and the UK. Again the information is posted for information and discussion.

Over the past few weeks we have brought your attention to the new LED lampposts which produce both a hormone disrupting blue/white LED light as well as house a 5G ready microwave transmitter under the guise of a lighting control system. We then focused on some of the health issues associated with existing wireless technology levels that we are already overexposed to (2G,3G,4G, wifi, smart meters and any number of wireless smart devices) and the inadequate ICNIRP guidelines which PHE, the council, government and industry quote and against which they have allowed the uncontrolled wireless industry to proliferate into our homes, schools, streets and public places.

This week we will bring the spotlight to 5G which is intended to power the insane internet of things (IoT’s). With the IoT’s, it is intended that almost every device (from cars to nappies) will connect together via the internet along with providing instant download speeds, drones, driverless cars, AI, robotics, facial recognition and any number of, as yet inconceivable, technologies, population monitoring and control devises. Oh sorry….it will benefit us all and is absolutely essential for the economy…with no harm whatsoever according to the government and industry!!!

ICNIRP/PHE and councils will say that there ‘is no evidence of harm’ from 5G technology. However, the wireless industry confesses ‘no studies show that 5G is safe’ (http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/wireless-industry-confesses-no-studies-show-5g-safe?utm_source=Daily+Greenmedinfo.com+Email+List&utm_campaign=161b4c2495-5G&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_193c8492fb-161b4c2495-91570161&ct=t(5G)&mc_cid=161b4c2495&mc_eid=b4d6d6ef78). Brussels has just become the first major European city to halt 5G due to concerns about health effects (http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/brussels-becomes-first-major-city-halt-5g-due-health-effects?utm_source=Daily+Greenmedinfo.com+Email+List&utm_campaign=161b4c2495-5G&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_193c8492fb-161b4c2495-91570161&ct=t(5G)&mc_cid=161b4c2495&mc_eid=b4d6d6ef78). And yet Liverpool and However the Liverpool City Region, including Wirral Council,  about to subject us all to this  technology, starting with Kensington in Liverpool and areas around Everton.

“Allowing this technology [5G] to be used without proving its safety is reckless in the extreme, as the millimeter waves are known to have a profound effect on all parts of the human body.” 
~ Prof. Trevor Marshall, Director Autoimmunity Research Foundation, California

Councils and utility companies working for Big Telecom and government are, right now, quietly in the process of installing powerful Fifth Generation (5G) cellular antenna on existing cell towers, utility poles, street lights, rooftops, traffic signals, under manholes etc. 5G, which is being sold as the economic saviour and panacea of download speeds that users cannot live without, will in fact take radiation exposure to a whole new and existentially dangerous level. This fact is conveniently not mentioned to the public, there has been no public consultation, and there is no mention in the mainstream media of the dangers of RF radiation as they clearly also stand to make huge profits from media platforms. Most people still remain blissfully unaware of what 5G even is and the very imminent plans across the Wirral and the UK that the Liverpool and Wirral Councils are supporting and allowing telecoms companies to roll out as they wish. Kensington in Liverpool is one of the first areas to be turned on with the area to be blanketed with 5G small cells and millimetre waves. It will be inescapable.

What you are not being told is that 5G is not just an upgrade to 4G. It will utilise both existing frequency bands along with much higher frequency millimetre wave bands. These high frequencies (up to 125 G Hz or more) have been recently auctioned off by the government at vast profits. (Wifi for e.g. is 2.4 GHz, with new wifi’s operating at 5GHz). These higher 5G ultra high frequency waves(up to 125 Ghz) are millimetre waves and are used in military weapons. Miraculously they are being positioned as safe on our streets.

The following article is one of many that clearly explains the exponential harm of the effects of the ‘phased array’ antenna used in 5G phones and small cells that will be inescapable:

https://emfacademy.com/5g-radiation/

As ultra high frequency 5G signals do not travel so far and are more easily blocked by obstacles, these small cells will be outside every 2-10 houses.  This will force involuntary exposure to wireless radiation 24/7 which cannot be turned off or avoided!

The impending 5G roll out is set to massively increase exposure to RF radiation by a factor of hundreds and full UK and world coverage is planned in the next few years.

What is 5G? 5G is a developing and growing complex collection of technologies including:-

Millimetre waves using new much higher (and even more dangerous) frequency spectrums than existing 3G and 4G.
Many thousands of new small cells everywhere as millimetre waves do not travel so far ensuring that they are located very close to homes
Massive MIMO. Each 5G base station will contain hundreds or thousands of antennas aiming multiple laser-like beams simultaneously at all cell phones and user devices in its service area. This technology is called “multiple input multiple output” or MIMO. FCC rules permit the effective radiated power of a 5G base station’s beams to be as much as hundreds of times more powerful than the levels permitted for current base stations.
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The following gives a short explanation of the above.

Even more alarmingly, there are also plans to launch thousands of satellites into space to cover the entire globe with 5G, leaving no area of the world or it’s delicate electomagnetic atmosphere untouched.

ICNIRP insist there is ‘no evidence that it is not safe’ without providing any credible proof that it is safe biologically (oh sorry we forgot, as our last article explained….it doesn’t heat a fluid filled test dummy up by 2 degrees in 6 minutes….so of course it is perfectly safe!!!). This is because it is not safe and no credible non-industry sponsored scientific testing would be able to prove otherwise.

Some of frequencies used in 5G are known to interfere with cellular processes. 60 Ghz, for example, interferes with the oxygen molecule and others are used in new microwave weapons called active denial and growlers for crowd control.

Barry Trower, an ex UK navy weapons expert, explains many of the issues with wireless technology and 5G in these any many of his other videos:

The following article is an appeal signed by hundreds of scientists across the world appealing to governments to halt the roll out of 5G and explains the exponentially harmful effects of 5G on health, wildlife as well as the environment and atmosphere and is worth the time to review. THIS IS BEING IGNORED BY COUNCILS AND THE GOVERNMENT.

https://www.5gspaceappeal.org/the-appeal

All life has adapted over time to live in the electromagnetic frequencies of the earths Schumann Resonance, somewhere between 7.83 and 8 Hz (i.e. 8 cycles per second). Researchers have shown that there is a key connection between the Schumann Resonance and the brain’s alpha states (frequencies between 8 Hz – 12 Hz). The Schumann Resonance is essentially the pulse of the heart of the earth, to which our hearts and brains are specifically attuned with. The Schumann Resonance is a geomagnetic electric resonance between the surface of the earth and the lower levels of the ionosphere, which has a natural ultra-low frequency signal. Without doubt it will be disrupted by 5G ground based infrastructure and satellites, and thus would disrupt the basic harmonic of all life on the planet. 

Each satellite will emit millimetre waves with an effective radiated power of up to 5 million watts from thousands of antennas arranged in a phased array. Although the energy reaching the ground from satellites will be less than that from ground-based antennas, it will irradiate areas of the Earth not reached by other transmitters and will be additional to ground-based 5G transmissions from billions of IoT objects. Even more importantly, the satellites will be located in the Earth’s magnetosphere, which exerts a significant influence over the electrical properties of the atmosphere including the Schumann Resonance. The alteration of Earth’s electromagnetic environment, especially where Schumann Resonance resides, may be an even greater threat to life than the radiation from ground-based antennas.

The following article is worth the time to read. It contains a lot of information on the Schumann Resonance and the potential catastrophic results of disrupting it along with a call to action to every citizen of the world not buy into 5G at a grass roots levels and actively hold those responsible to account.

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

Dr Martin Pall explains the catastrophic dangers of 5G in this video lecture:

AGAINST THE ARGUMENT THAT 5G AND SMART METERS ARE ‘GREEN’ AND HELPING TO MONITOR AND PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT

Whilst there are many benefits quoted for monitoring the environment and being ‘green’, a few obvious flaws/omissions in this mainstream message include:-

Just from an energy and carbon emission perspective, the data centres alone required to power and store the internet and cloud etc. require massive amounts of power and housing in vast data centres. This does not include the energy required to power the countless billions of power hungry devices projected to connect to the Internet of Things.

Researchers say the data centre sector could be using 20% of all available electricity in the world by 2025 on the back of the large amounts of data being created at a fastest speed than ever before seen and the Internet of things.

https://data-economy.com/data-centres-world-will-consume-1-5-earths-power-2025/

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/11/tsunami-of-data-could-consume-fifth-global-electricity-by-2025

Wildlife is undoubtedly already affected by existing RF radiation frequencies and 5G will be catastrophic. There has already been a decline of c. 80% of insects alone in the last 20 years since the deployment of 2,3 and 4G cell towers. Birds, bees and pollinators are unable to navigate, their small bodies quickly affected and colonies collapse. An environmental and food chain collapse could be the next stage.

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/

Damaging effects of RF radiation on plants and trees are notable and researched

Plant and cell biology is affected in similar ways to humans and other biological creatures:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/search/advanced?qs=non-ionizing+radiation+effects+on+plants&origin=article&zone=qSearch

Conflict minerals include titanium, tin, tungsten and gold, which are used in many electronic components and computer products. The Internet of Things, aiming for every device to have an RF chip connecting to the internet, will only increase pressure on these precious recourses, many of which can only be found in a few locations across the world.

LED Street Lights are being rolled out across the country and other counties across the world on the basis of being a saviour for the environment by using energy saving LED’s and RF transmitting antenna to control them. We have covered the issues relating to LED lampposts and the transmitters in our earlier posts.

Smart Meters being pushed out into homes by government and utility companies also form part of the Internet of Things and the 5G infrastructure grid. These are sold as convenient and ‘energy saving’. There are many reports noting that no energy is saved and/or bills increase. Energy savings still depend on users actually ‘reducing’ usage which can be encouraged regardless of a smart meter display which may be rarely looked at. We covered the pulsed microwave dangers in last weeks post.

Tree Felling – the connection. It is acknowledged by the industry that trees block 5G signals. Trees are being felled across the Wirral, Liverpool, the country, the rail network and the globe at a furious and alarming pace on the pretence of H&S. Wirral and Liverpool Councils are progressing with fellings despite all public objections. Trees are being are felled to clear the way for the 5G signals to pass. Trees that are not felled are significantly harmed by the 5G signals.

http://media.withtank.com/cf9ae35027/waldmann-selsam_2016_scitotenv572p554-569_rf__trees.pdf

An academic UK university study linking to corporate studies below shows how trees affect 5G signals: page 5 acknowledges that the wireless signal is attenuated by trees and page 6 that the higher 5G frequencies are more affected by trees than 4G.

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/sites/default/files/White-Paper-Rural-5G-Vision_0.pdf

If the 20,000 satellites are deployed as planned, just the rocket fuel alone could unleash an environmental catastrophe with the ozone depletion and the release of black soot increasing global warning by several degrees. The satellite’s will also eventually fall and burn releasing dangerous substances across the globe.

https://www.wakingtimes.com/2019/01/08/20000-satellites-for-5g-to-be-launched-sending-focused-beams-of-intense-microwave-radiation-over-entire-earth/?fbclid=IwAR03FTQcsgE0vHUvdJq6-bxZg5vXGDZS6v5TSFqMQdyGafgfi3u_S5oNs10

Conclusion: It may be hard to hear with our addiction to smartphones and ‘smart’ tech but existing 2G, 3G and 4G technology along with wifi and wirelesses technology is already having disastrous health and environmental impacts. It is also hard to hear that the government is supporting guidelines that DO NOT protect our health and have allowed things to get this far and are about to unleash much greater exposure on our health and the environment in the form of 5G.

‘Smart’ has been cleverly positioned from a marketing perspective. After all, would you really want to be the only one not to be ‘smart’ and/or to buy something if it were called a ‘microwave emitting, cancer causing spying’ devise? Get Smart….stop buying Smart!!!

Currently, one could at least try and take some measures to try and protect your family and limit exposure by moving further away from a cell tower (if you can still find anywhere) and by switching off your wifi and hardwiring, refusing smart meters, not buying smart tech with RF chips installed and limiting smart phone use to essential calls and texts rather than downloading videos and using every conceivable app. This is especially important around children. Although insects, birds, plants and wildlife do not have this luxury.

5G will be a much stronger and more damaging signal by a factor of c. x100 and will be a global, environmental and health catastrophe and will be inescapable.

This is a UK lecture on wireless, smart meters and 5G presenting a lot of information and evidence. It is over 2 hours long but would be worth watching if you have time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8kU3VXl-kg&t=504s
“5G rollout is absolutely insane”.
Dr. Martin Pall from the Washington State University (WSU)

Over the following weeks we will expose a little more about the Liverpool City Region plans that we have learned about for 5G (we are sure there is much more than we know). We will also look at ways that you can reduce your existing existing RF exposure…but the only way to not be exposed to 5G is to STOP IT. Get active, do your research, spread the information, stand up against the implementation to councils, utilities and telecoms, do not buy into this technology.

The Twelve Days of Christmas : Day Nine – Wirral Borough of Culture 2019

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We understand that in accordance with Wirral being picked as the Liverpool City Region’s Borough of Culture 2019 the public are being asked to devise a logo that encapsulates the cultural delights of the peninsula.

Details of the criteria can be found here

If any of you would like to share your artwork we’d be delighted to publish in our Wirral Leaks gallery.

As you know we’ve been long concerned about the culture of Wirral Borough Council rather than the culture of the borough and what’s more we suggested a rebranding of their moto/logo during their ‘ Annus Horribilus  of 2012. We felt as though their old   “By Faith and Foresight”  just didn’t cut it anymore  and suggested a “rebranding”. We’re wondering whether to submit our efforts as part of our cultural contribution to the borough along with the following explanation of our artwork.

SERVE MEDIUM DICO VERUM   – “Serve the public – tell the truth “.
 The crest will need changing too  – the bird on the top suggests we’re all being shat on from a great height.The horn should be appropriately replaced by a whistle and the trident is all too suggestive of the three wise monkeys ( hear no evil,see no evil,speak no evil) and as for the lions rampant with golden handshakes – well what can we say???…..We think it is appropriate to maintain the helmet – although perhaps in a more appropriate colour  –  our heraldic advisor tells us that  blue signifies truth and purple stands for justice.
Eldritch  (our former butler) – although not usually known to be “good with colours” –  advocates purple as he says a purple helmet would finish off Wirral’s coat of arms off nicely…….

 

Mooney News and New Ferry Blues

Inevitably news filters through to us that born again Corbyn fan Cllr Bernie ‘The Bruiser’ Mooney scraped by in last week’s Wallasey CLP selection battle winning by 3 votes (21 against 18).

We’d previously reported in our  Raise the Red Flag story that Mooney may have jumped the gun  by extolling her own virtues in correspondence sent to party  members telling them ,among other things, that :

One of my proudest achievements as a councillor has been to secure £500,000 from the City Region in high street funding for Liscard.

Mooney had said she wanted to remove the Liscard one-way system and re-install the roundabout with this £500k! There were also concerns that a political ally was contacting potential voters and deploying some ‘friendly persuasion’ for them to vote  for Mooney. As it was such a close contest and as apparently such ‘canvassing’ is against party rules there are some Wallasey Constituency  Labour Party  (CLP) members who are less than happy with the result. A  message from a Wallasey CLP  insider reads :

If it’s found out that somebody was telephoning people the result could be void… here’s to a new road system, new houses built where now stands a perfectly solid building (Dominick House) and lots of business for Liscard… all with £500,000 or £200,000 if you take away the consultant’s fee 😣

Meanwhile someone  in New Ferry  has contacted us with some very valid points about the £500K dished out by the City Region :

Earlier this year I noticed workmen carrying out re-paving work in New Ferry from the area near Griffiths Butchers upto around Underley Terrace. The standard of work was pathetic, and Council staff have marked some of the shoddy work with the white paint treatment. For some reason they have not marked all the shoddy work, perhaps that would bring the fiasco to peoples attention. I do not know if the workers were from the council or private contractors, but if this is how Wirral Borough Council wastes money, no wonder the Government is reluctant to give the council money.

I’ve been to New Ferry today and took a few photos.I am only doing this as your site showed a councillor bragging about Liscard getting £500,000  from some Regional Fund to regenerate the area. Shame New Ferry is still waiting. Obviously an area blown to bits is not as high priority as Liscard…

Looking at the pictures and knowing what we know about the New Ferry disaster  and the need to regenerate the shopping area it does make you wonder whether the decision to hand the money to Liscard rather than New Ferry was more about politics than priorities.

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Liverpool City Region Women : Know Your Limits!

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Always judge people by the company they keep ! 

We’re glad and yet somewhat sad when our readers latch on to our pithy observations. For example someone has picked upon our insightful remarks about ambitious Gillian Wood upon her election as a Labour councillor for Claughton following the demise of her predecessor Cllr Denise ‘No Hidden Wrongdoing’ Roberts.

As we observed on her election in 2017 :

Does Gilly know what’s she’s letting herself in for , does she care or will she succumb to the lure of ‘scroundrelism’? Full story here : Gilly Keeps Bad Company in Claughton

We all know the answer to that question don’t we boys and girls?  As another keen observer of local politics comments :

Would seem that Jolly Gilly from Claughton progress up the greasy pole continues at a pace. Having breezed back in May she has now become a Deputy Portfolio Holder for the Liverpool City Region.

http://liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk/news/combined-authority-sharpens-focus-on-inclusive-growth-air-quality-and-further-devolution

Is it just coincidence that she and Steve ‘The Brickie’ Rotheram were elected on the same day or is their friendship deeper??

Time will tell no doubt

Cheers

Keep showing what these self serving shits are up to!!

We had to laugh (and cry) at Rotheram’s Liverpool City Region Combined Authority portfolio appointments. As we’ve observed before about the Socialist Republic of Merseyside your ,ahem, rise to power is greatly assisted if you have a penis -but conversely and perversely – lack a scrotum. Read more here  Old Boys Network – No Girls Allowed

As you can see from The Brickie’s  appointments all portfolio holders are male bar Jane Kennedy (who had the temerity to get elected) and all the deputy portfolio holders are female. This includes the aforementioned Cllr Gillian Wood who is responsible for Energy & Renewables despite the fact that she isn’t even a portfolio holder at Wirral Council!

These developments made us realise that when it comes to political power on Merseyside that this particular skit isn’t far from the truth:

Wirral Leaks Weekly Dispatch #16

STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS 

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Desperate stuff from beleaguered Wirral Council leader  Cllr Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies on the announcement that those French puppets on steroids will be visiting your shores in the autumn .

Wirral Council leader Phil Davies said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming the Giants across the Mersey for the first time.Wirral is thriving – we have huge regeneration schemes coming to fruition, thousands of jobs being created through our Wirral Growth Company, and a programme of incredibly exciting events taking place throughout the year as part of Imagine Wirral. Working with our colleagues in the Liverpool City Region to bring huge events like the Giants to our shores is exactly the kind of thing we should be doing.These events attract thousands of visitors to our region, boosting local businesses and helping local people and families create memories which will stay with them forever.”

Read full story here : Giants

Is anyone taken in by this ocean-going, international bullshit? Just you watch Power Boy Pip will be gegging in on the Tranmere Rovers ascendancy to the Football League next. However can we just remind everyone he’s talking about puppets.  They maybe bloody big puppets but the expression ‘Bread & Circuses’ comes to mind. We can admire the artistry and the technical skill involved but at the end of the day they’re just bloody big puppets.

And Lord knows Pip must know what that feels like! Let’s face it he (and others) have been Frank Field’s puppets for years!

BIRKENHEAD BID – DO AS WE SAY, NOT AS WE DO

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You may remember we’ve previously covered the hyperbole surrounding award-winning  Wirral Chamber of Commerce offshoot Birkenhead Business Improvement District (BID) who made a big deal about cleaning  up the town like Gary Cooper in ‘High Noon’  Read more here : Chamber of Horrors

So imagine our surprise ( not!) to receive this message and the accompanying  photo above:

Good to see the Birkenhead BID outfit who take money of businesses in Birkenhead to tidy the town up.Maybe they should sort their own shop out!

 

KINGDOM COME LATELY

We note with a certain amount of cynicism how suddenly everyone seems to be gegging in on the litter Hitlers known as Kingdom Security and how they are simply aghast at their practices.  The newest guest late to the party is ‘Local Democracy Reporter’ Tom  ‘Media’ Houghton . We’ll be returning to the matter of ‘Local Democracy Reporters’ at a later date but meanwhile here’s his Eye Watering Sums story which notes that  Kingdom began issuing fixed penalty notices on behalf of Wirral Council back in July 2015. Shame we started raising concerns about Kingdom within months of their appointment : Cash for Trash

As we said way back then ‘Fixed Penalty Notices’ are not about caring about the environment but about cold hard cash for a wasteful council.

FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES

Another story covered by Young Tom was the announcement that a couple of Wirral pubs would be turned into a) flats and b) a restaurant and which informed us :

Paul Doughty, who is the agent involved in the proposals, said: “It’s a well-located building in a prominent position and we are hoping these plans will be approved.There’s been no objections to date. The client already has a successful restaurant in Prenton. There’s a shortage of good quality places to go and have a meal in Birkenhead generally, so we are hoping it will be a good addition to the local economy – creating jobs and providing a place for people to eat and socialise.”

Full story here : Changes

Could this be COUNCILLOR Paul ‘Danceaway’ Doughty we ask ourselves? If so Doughty seems to have become involved with a ‘colourful character’  by the name of ‘Michael’ Read more here : Wirral Life -But Not As We Know It!

It would certainly explain as to why a member of the public questioned the number of Labour election posters that were recently on display above the restaurant where ‘Michael’ is the manager.

Of course Doughty is not a stranger to such hook ups having previously been involved with another ‘colourful character ‘ – notorious flytipper Arthur Morgan. Read more here :  Architecture and Morality

Might we suggest that Mr Houghton would unearth a particularly rich seam if he cared to investigate these connections further.

POTHOLE OF THE WEEK 

King Street, Wallasey. Not so much a pothole as a ravine.

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AND FINALLY 

An outfit by the name of Angelfish Opinions are actually willing to pay you money to tell them what you think of Wirral Council. So are they paying you your own money back to tell them how Wirral Council waste your money in the first place? If so claim your rebate now! This is from their Facebook page : Angelfish Opinions Facebook

CALLING LOVELY PEOPLE FROM THE WIRRAL – WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We are looking for people who live in Wirral aged 20+ to attend an interactive 90 minute group workshop to share your ideas and views on the councils public services.

The workshop will take place on Thursday 24th May at either 6pm – 7:30pm or 8pm – 9:30pm and as a thank you for your time you will recieve £30 in cash at the venue.

To register your interest, please apply using the link below:
https://hubs.ly/H0c081-0

Don’t forget to refer friends and family for the chance to receive £10 Love2Shop per successful referral that takes part!

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Wirral Leaks Weekly Dispatch #11

Apologies for the late edition of our weekly dispatch. A bit too much pastis over le weekend – that’s the French spirit and not the Gregg’s delicacy obvs !

MARKS OF EXTINCTION

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So farewell then to Birkenhead’s Marks and Spencer. And what a sorry sight you leave behind. No more sourdough bread and sturdy gussets. Even the intervention of Birkenhead MP Frank Field couldn’t save it from extinction. Is Frankenfield losing his touch ? After failing to get ‘Sir’ Philip Green stripped of his knighthood  and as yet not succeeding in getting car parking for nurses at Arrowe Park Hospital scrapped he’ll have to go back to getting his own way with Wirral Council and DWP .

However the good news for the down town trackie-clad denizens of Birkenhead is that they will be well served by JD Sports moving to larger ,refurbished premises.

USING OUR IMAGINATION

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Although being a contributor to the cultural life of Wirral (!) we unfortunately couldn’t attend the February launch of the Wirral Council programme Imagine Wirral which apparently is about celebrating culture,creativity and ideas. Other than the re- branding of ‘The Leisure Peninsula’ and the website there hasn’t been an awful lot going on at #ImagineWirral since its launch so we’re left using our imagination as to what it’s all about – other than promoting established events and gegging in with a bit of opportunistic branding. If Wirral Council leisure guru Cllr Christine Spriggs could enlighten us further we’d appreciate it……

POTHOLE OF THE WEEK

So with the news that central government has allocated some money from its £100 million pothole fund to Liverpool City Region out of which Wirral Council gets a whopping £184,000 (which judging by the state of Wirral’s roads we all know won’t go very far), especially when we consider this example sent to us from Tranmere :

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HUB OF THE WEEK

Excellent work here from the Peel Group. There are so many buzzword bingo boxes ticked with our headline of the year so far:

 

Exciting new ‘pop up’ leisure hub for Wirral Waters

 

As an added bonus there’s the obligatory artist’s impression :

 

Float on

Find it in all its glory here

and finally….. HOLE OF THE WEEK

Yes – we’re sure you’ve all seen the guy having sex with a hole on the Brackenwood golf course. As this is a family blog (!) we’ll leave you to find the footage on Youtube for yourself. But when it comes to leisure and celebrating culture,creativity and ideas on Wirral perhaps we can expect find it , er,popping up on the Imagine Wirral website soon!

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!”

 

Bamboo- zled – The Future of Social Housing?

We received a cryptic reply to our House of Bamboo post from someone called ‘Frank’ ( ha! ha! ) who asked :

Are you bored? 

And to which we replied :

More weltschmerz than ennui.

Why do you ask?

We used the word weltschmerz because it is a feeling that emerges from the realisation that things could be and should be better. This feeling is particularly aroused when it comes to  housing ,and specifically social housing on Wirral . For the moment we’ll  resist commenting on Wirral Waters and the Hoylake Golf Resort when it comes to Wirral Council’s approach to affordable housing and return to the worrying story of Bamboo Lettings.

Fortunately we’re not the only ones who regard the annexing of social housing for profit and personal gain to be deeply concerning. What makes it worse for us is that it involves some Wirral Leaks old timers who would no doubt justify their actions when it comes to social responsibility and just like Wirral Council blame ” Tory cuts”. Once again ,if only it were as simple as that…………….

Firstly our thanks go to Chelsea Guy who reveals on her Facebook page :

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Magenta Living’s attempt to “explain” Bamboo in their Spring 2018 magazine.

“In order to help fund existing services and build new affordable housing we looked at other ways to bring income in to meet the shortfall” – so essentially, denying people suitable housing when they’re in need of it, in order to build new “affordable” housing, to then pass it on to Bamboo and charge twice the rent in comparison to AFFORDABLE SOCIAL HOUSING.“Properties are spread across Wirral”.. but they fail to mention it’s only the more affluent areas, three properties in Eastham alone in the last 4 weeks. Along side the fact they take what should be SOCIAL HOUSING and make it; no housing benefit, working tenants only, and slap on all the fees like admin fees, application fees.Let’s just remember that Magenta own 50% of Bamboo and bring in 50% of all profits, yet fail to tend to issues their own tenants are having such as the mould in my property.Seems like a bit of a coincidence that a fuss was kicked up about Bamboo and now it’s featured in their magazine.

Isn’t it just Chelsea?

For an even more in depth analysis of what’s going on we once again guide you towards Joe Halewood’s peerless SPeye blog . The title of his latest post is  No DSS in council housing and social cleansing approved by Labour councils     where he writes :

In summary Labour councillors in Wirral – which includes the constituencies of Frank Field as the chair of the all party parliamentary working group on DWP matters and the new Labour Shadow DWP Minister in Margaret Greenwood – have voted for a policy of No DSS and a policy of social cleansing to take place by Magenta who have around 70% of all social housing in Wirral.

Even Tories in Wirral voted against this and even Tory voters would be ashamed of this social cleansing that the Labour council voted to allow.

In housing terms we see Magenta, Torus and by extension Liverpool Mutual Homes being the antithesis of the social landlords they repeatedly claim to be and then again we can add Liverpool City Council itself to that list as they are too setting up their own private sector landlord company called Foundations which will rent out at affordable rents and full market rent levels and without irony or shame called this an Ethical housing landlord!

It’s an SPeye opener!

So with so many outstanding questions and with Wirral Council’s representatives on Magenta Housing board  – Cllr Steve Foulkes, Cllr Jeff Green and Cllr Stuart Whittingham –  either unwilling or unable to ask them and with the various bodies below being exempt from the provisions of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) we thought we’d publicly pose the following questions :

a) Three years after Golden Gates Housing and Helena Housing formed the Torus group are senior managers planning on collapsing the group and merging with Liverpool Mutual Homes?
b) Will this see the end of local companies Golden Gates and Helena Housing?
c) Will the customers who own Golden Gates and Helena Housing be asked to vote to see if they agree with these changes ?
c) Will the control of Torus pass to the senior managers in Liverpool Mutual Homes?
d) Will the plan be good news for only a small number of people such as Rob Young CEO of Torus (and former Assistant Director of Housing at Wirral Council) who could retire with an enhanced pension package just as the CEO of Golden Gates did when Torus was formed three years ago?
e) Will the plan also be good news for the CEO of Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) and his senior team who will take over a much bigger Torus with a huge pay rise just as Mr Young did when Torus was formed three years ago?
f) Will the current CEO of LMH be appointed not because he is the best candidate for the job after a rigorous selection process but because his company was selected by his old friends Rob Young and Graham Burgess?
g) Will it be good news for Graham Burgess Chair of the Torus Board who having ‘retired’ as CEO from Wirral Council once again becomes a big player in the Liverpool City region?
For everyone else – social housing tenants and staff included – the answers to these questions may not be so good . Meanwhile it’s all very reminiscent of that Carl Sagan quote we’ve used before : “One of the saddest lessons of history is this : If we’ve been bamboozled long enough we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth . The bamboozle has captured us…”