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Posted by: John Brace | 24th December 2014

Wirral Council spent £284,925.60 on 6 tractors, £168,474.83 on solar panels and £115,394.72 on Jack and the Beanstalk

Wirral Council spent £284,925 on 6 tractors, £168,474.83 on solar panels and £115,394.72 on Jack and the Beanstalk

                                          

As it’ll be Christmas Eve tomorrow, I thought at least one Christmas related invoice would be a good idea. So below is an invoice for £115,394.72 for a production of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Floral Pavilion. Wirral Council of course will have made something from sales of programmes and tickets.

In case there are those who don’t remember what the story of Jack and the Beanstalk is about, it’s a story about Jack taking the cow to market to be sold. He accepts magic beans in exchange for the cow, his mother is furious, throws the beans to the ground and sends Jack to bed. In the end Jack steals from the giant, kills the giant and he and his mother live happily ever after.

However here in the invoice:

Wirral Council invoice UK Productions Jack and the Beanstalk Floral Pavilion £115934.72

Wirral Council invoice UK Productions Jack and the Beanstalk Floral Pavilion £115,934.72

And when the giant looks down from his castle in the sky, he might see some of Wirral Council’s new solar panels. Foz Contract Services Limited sent in an invoice earlier this year to Surjit Tour for £108,638.51. This is only part of the amount to be paid however, the grand total comes to £168,474.83.

On the bright side (geddit, bright side?) Wirral Council can claim back the VAT of £28,079.14. Here you go with that invoice:

Wirral Council invoice Foz Contract Services Limited 13th February 2014 Installation of PV Panels £108638.51

Wirral Council invoice Foz Contract Services Limited 13th February 2014 Installation of PV Panels £108,638.51

And just to round it off, here’s a Wirral Council invoice for an order for 6 tractors from Turner Landscape (of a total of eight ordered). Each tractor cost £39,573 + VAT (total £47,487.60 each). However each tractor comes with an “instruction book”, radio, wheel & tyres, mirrors, an engine et cetera. The total for all six comes to £284,925.60 (including VAT) . Here are the invoices.

Wirral Council invoice Turner Landscape page 1 of 4 £284925.60 6 tractors

Wirral Council invoice Turner Landscape page 1 of 4 £284,925.60 6 tractors

Wirral Council invoice Turner Landscape page 2 of 4 £284925.60 6 tractors

Wirral Council invoice Turner Landscape page 2 of 4 £284,925.60 6 tractors

Wirral Council invoice Turner Landscape page 3 of 4 £284925.60 6 tractors

Wirral Council invoice Turner Landscape page 3 of 4 £284,925.60 6 tractors

Wirral Council invoice Turner Landscape page 4 of 4 £284925.60 6 tractors

Wirral Council invoice Turner Landscape page 4 of 4 £284,925.60 6 tractors

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Responses

  1. Someone should inform Wirral Council it would be more cost effective to lease 8 John Dere Tractors as opposed to buying new ones.
    Do hope they sought 3 tenders and why would the WCC need such equipment?!

    • I don’t know if they sought at least 3 tenders and I’ve have to check through their contract rules for the procedures to be followed.

      Here’s further detail on that payment though for 8 John Dere Tractors:

      Description: Equipment
      Cost Centre: C3245
      Department: Regeneration, Housing and Planning

      There was also a payment using the same transaction number of 1456485 for £10,500 to Turner Groundscare on 10th February 2014 from:

      Department: Technical Services
      Cost Centre: L4910
      Description: Direct Transport Costs

      It’s possible the second amount was for delivering the tractors somewhere. If Regeneration/Housing/Planning bought the tractors it could be to do with demolition/construction.

  2. Some people go to Spec Savers, I would have gone to Stella, for all my needs on this occasion, she and her merry Travelling Band, in their Transit Van would have played their parts in the Panto, she may even have been able to get New John Deere Tractors for half that price, they would have looked something like, but they would not have been the Real Thing ” you to me, are everything, the sweetest song, that I can sing!!!!!!!!

    • I’ve no idea what the price of new tractors are to be honest with you.

  3. Could be a case this time of ” Whoee Frewee Th ee Dun Gee ” by the famous Italian writer ” Marco on Wallo “

  4. Surley its not April the 1st already!

    • No, give it another three months and a day and it will be though!

  5. Please do not call me Shirley

    • OK I’ll call you Stephen then instead.


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