Peel, Pip and Porkies

We are aware that  Save Wirral’s Green Belt is a Conservative Party initiative and consequently considering their track record on political opportunism we can only hope it can be differentiated with Defend Wirral’s Green Spaces   as I’m sure we can all agree Wirral’s Green Belt transcends party political point scoring.

However ,having said all that ,we feel compelled to bring you a copy of the letter that was sent to Wirral Council leader Cllr Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies from Richard Mawdsley from the Peel Group that was published on Defend Wirral’s Green Spaces Facebook page and was distributed at Monday’s Extraordinary Council meeting. As we can see the nameplate of Tory  Cllr Chris Blakeley is in the background of the screenshot and therefore we have to be cognizant of possible political motivations. Nevertheless we think the letter is of immense interest and deserves wider coverage as it is highly instructive about the relationship between Peel Group and Wirral Council in general and ‘Power Boy Pip’ in particular.

We mentioned yesterday that attendees who attend Mr Mawdsley’s talk about ‘Wirral Waters’ on September 28 make specific reference to the letter below.

The letter’s most pertinent quotes have been usefully annotated but this comment from Mawdsley to Pip is the most telling :

Given the way you have conducted yourself in recent months , and the very misleading public statements you have made , we ask that you stop this campaign of misinformation and be honest with the people of Wirral and correct the misleading information you are distributing

So basically what you’re saying Mr Mawdsley, in that mealymouthed way you people have , is that  Pip is a big fat liar . Tell us something we don’t know! And it’s not just about Wirral Waters or the Green Belt or Wirralgate . Lying is like breathing to Pip and his ilk. Asking him to be honest is like asking Lance Armstrong to confirm he took performance enhancing drugs or President Bill Clinton whether he’d has sex with Monica Lewinsky or whether Pip himself had heard the Wirralgate tape …Wirralgate – Louder Than Bombs

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NHS & Green Belt Supporters : Dates For Your Diary

September calendar

 

We understand that things are getting back to what passes for ‘normal’ on Wirral with it persisting down with rain and the kids going back to school.

So as the nights draw in we thought we’d share with you some information sent to us by readers about upcoming events that might interest you.

Dear friends of the NHS

The stealthy but rapid pace of health cuts and privatisation HERE in Wirral has quickened further during recent months.

We guarantee that very few Wirral councillors – let alone the general public – have any idea what is meant by “integrated care” or “accountable care” or “place-based care”. (Or how closely these terms resemble those used in the American health system. How long before Wirral has ‘managed care’ or ‘health maintenance’?)

But that – changing names along the way – is exactly what the Council leadership and the local NHS (the CCG) are implementing. The previous term they used (the ‘STP’) was too easily translated into Plain English as “slash, trash and privatise”.

This is a crisis of huge proportions. You or someone you know will have been affected by delays or shortages or rationing of services (GP appointments, hospital treatments, ambulance times). Things will get worse. Unless we do something about it.

We don’t like labelling everything a crisis but this truly is. If the Council won’t tell the public what is happening then we certainly will.

Please come to our PUBLIC MEETING on THURSDAY 27th at 7.00pm in BIRKENHEAD Town Hall.

Speakers will include our longstanding supporter Dr Alex Scott-Samuel and Wirral insiders who will reveal the local and national dimensions of the scandal.

There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

All Wirral councillors will be invited.

Please spread the word to family, friends, neighbours and colleagues.

Best wishes on behalf of Defend Our NHS

 

Our second  upcoming event came with the following message :

Green belt campaigners may be interested in this talk.

Richard (Mawdsley’s ) light is hidden under a bushel; here’s more about him: http://www.wirralchamber.co.uk/Press-and-PR/Strategic-Partner-Interviews-/Richard-Mawdsley-Development-Director-at-Wirral-Waters/ (BTW the word ‘affordable’ does not appear on that page.)

And, as you know, his employer is often in the news: https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/peel-told-put-roof-over-14906451and even: https://wirralleaks.wordpress.com/tag/peel-group/

There are other interesting items in the news: http://www.salfordstar.com/article.asp?id=211 and https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-biggest-company-youve-never-heard-of-lifting-the-lid-on-peel-group-the-property-firm-owned-by-8890201.html

Cheers

There’s a ‘Friday Talk’ at the Parish Centre , St Saviours Church, Oxton titled ‘Wirral Waters’  where the speaker is the aforementioned Richard Mawdsley from the Peel Group on FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER at 8.00pm (no attendance before 7.45pm) . 

If we were a member  our question to Mr Mawdsley  would be “Is Wirral Waters still a thing? Or is it a ramshackle ,opportunistic ,ad hoc series of developments reliant on public monies?… 

Wirral Leaks Weekly Dispatch #8

PIP’S PANTO 

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

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

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MIPIM IN THE BUD 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A DIFFERENT WORLD

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

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Seriously?

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

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

…..AND FINALLY

West Wirral

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