477 new households a year required on Wirral according to Office of National Statistics, not 803 new households a year as Wirral Council claims; who is right and does Wirral’s greenbelt need to change?

House building on the Wirral 2018

House building on the Wirral 2018

Last month I wrote a blog post querying whether the 803 new homes a year figure used by Wirral Council was correct.

Wirral Council’s ruling Labour Cabinet in July agreed to start a consultation on the Local Plan earlier this month. The Cabinet also agreed to use the 803 new homes a year figure with the conclusion being consulted on that this would require over the 15 year life of the Local Plan large areas of the Wirral that are currently in the greenbelt to be taken out of the greenbelt for the purposes of housing.
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What was in the 147 page contract between Wirral Council and Dawnus Construction Holdings Limited for the Wirral Docks Bridges Replacement?

                              

And when it was up, it was up,
And when it was down, it was down,
And when it was only half-way up,
It was neither up nor down.
 

Below is the 147 page contract between Dawnus Construction Holdings Limited for the replacement of the Wirral Docks Bridges.

The original completion date in the contract was 4th December 2017 (later changed to 17th January 2018) but the actual date the bridges were reopened was 28th June 2018.
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Election Result (Wirral Council, 2018): Bromborough by-election: Labour hold (Jo Bird)

                                         









Bromborough Ward by-election 2018
 
Name of candidate  Description (if any) Votes  %Change
BIRD
Jo   
 Labour 1,253  47.1%  -14.0 Elected
DRURY
Des
 Conservative 749  28.1%   +6.0 Not elected
DOWNIE
Vicky
 Liberal Democrats 454  17.1%   +6.0 Not elected
NIBLOCK
Steve
 Independent 147  5.5%   N/A Not elected
BRADDOCK
Susan Margaret
 Green Party 59  2.2%   -3.5 Not elected

There were 2 rejected ballot papers, the electorate was 11,760 and the turnout was 22.7%.

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Wirral Council paid a day rate of over £700 a day for some agency staff!

                                    

Matrix SCM Ltd Wirral Council 20th December 2017 £308534.18

Matrix SCM Ltd Wirral Council 20th December 2017 £308534.18

During the public inspection period I requested copies of a number of invoices from Matrix SCM Ltd to Wirral Council for agency staff. An example of one of those invoices for £308,534.18 (which doesn’t state much detail) is above.

Agency staff are provided by Matrix SCM Ltd to Wirral Council on either an hourly rate or day rate. In addition to this there can also be claims for mileage, parking and tunnel tolls.
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What has Wirral Council been spending money on in 2017 and 2018 (part 2)?

                                       

Last week I published some invoices to Wirral Council, I received some more of the invoices I’d requested on Friday, some of which are below.

Some are to Wirral Council for the legal expenses of barristers (who are self-employed). Section 26(8) of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 specifically states that names that relate to a business carried on by a sole trader can’t be withheld as personal information. Despite this Wirral Council has blacked out the names of the barristers on some of the invoices below.
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