Posted by: John Brace | 6th August 2018

What’s in the 40 page contract to distribute Wirral Council’s controversial Wirral View newspaper?

What’s in the 40 page contract to distribute Wirral Council’s controversial Wirral View newspaper?

                                        

Last year Wirral Council asked organisations to bid for the delivery contract for its controversial Wirral View newspaper.

The distribution contract (Lot 2) was awarded to Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd for three years starting on 1st December 2017 (with an option to extend for a further two years).

Despite in section 5 of the contract Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd stating that they would be able to guarantee full coverage of delivery door to door, the publication has suffered distribution problems.

The notice of election for the Bromborough ward byelection was published on the 19th July 2018 and issue 18 of Wirral View was published on the 23rd July 2018. In previous election periods distribution of Wirral View has ceased during the election period until the result is declared.

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Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Wirral Council) 5th July 2018

Last month, Wirral Council’s Head of Communications (the senior manager responsible for the Wirral View publication) Kevin McCallum stated at a public meeting to councillors, “Given we don’t do Wirral View publications in purdah and we’ve had a number of different elections, local, national and regional in the past couple of years, we’ve done seventeen editions since now. The last one was our seventeenth, the next edition goes to the printers next week and will be distributed the following weekend.”

A copy of the forty page contract for distribution of the Wirral View (minus parts Wirral Council has redacted on grounds of personal information or commercial confidentiality) is below.

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 1 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 1 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 2 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 2 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 3 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 3 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 4 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 4 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 5 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 5 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 6 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 6 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 7 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 7 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 8 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 8 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 9 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 9 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 10 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 10 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 11 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 11 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 12 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 12 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 13 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 13 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 14 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 14 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 15 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 15 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 16 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 16 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 17 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 17 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 18 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 18 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 19 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 19 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 20 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 20 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 21 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 21 of 40

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Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 22 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 23 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 23 of 40

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Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 24 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 25 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 25 of 40

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Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 26 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 27 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 27 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 28 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 28 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 29 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 29 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 30 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 30 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 31 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 31 of 40

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Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 32 of 40

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Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 33 of 40

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Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 34 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 35 of 40

Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 35 of 40

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Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 36 of 40

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Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 37 of 40

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Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 38 of 40

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Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 39 of 40

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Wirral Council Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd Wirral View distribution contract page 40 of 40

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Responses

  1. what a waste of our taxs, I can count the number of copies I have seen on the fingers of one hand and only two of then though my door, smart is a good name for this company, getting paid for printing a paper that no one sees- money for old rope

    • Thanks for your comment.

      Since it started no copies of the Wirral View have been delivered through our door here in Bidston.

      Just to be clear Smart Distributions Solutions Ltd don’t print the paper, their contract is just to deliver it.

  2. Back in the day, mention papers and a delivery and I’d think of a Newsagent, a bike, a bloody paper bag, a paper round and the paper boy who’s role it was to lug the huge load of papers about in all weathers and shove the paper through the letterbox of the dwelling despite the presence of a canine beast who’s obvious purpose in its life was to bark at you and, if given an opportunity, to rip your flesh from the bones and have you tipping up at the local Cottage Hospital begging for yet another tetanus jab because the beast had the look of the devil in its eye and because there was more than a good chance the bite would deliver you lock bloody jaw or worse a bacteria that’d attack your vital organs and render you completely unable to continue your paper round.

    Now, I appreciate that this offering from me is no more a load of bollocks than the idea that Wirral View is a jolly good read and should be made freely available in Air Port Departure Lounges and other public spaces where folk gather together and discuss just how bloody incompetent these passionate bastards are when it comes to delivering the people a positive outcome or the bastard Wirral View.

    So, if it’s ‘delivery’ they’re fixated on and they’re desperate for all the people to receive and read this mushy pulp of literary bollocks, then get the unholy trinity of Davies, Liptrott and Kevin Mac to become WBC Paper Boys and hand deliver this pointless rag to the thousands who’ve hopefully become owners of canines who’s only purpose in life is to attack, bite, generally maul, claw and disfigure the poor person who was stupid enough to ever go tippy toeing up the path with next months version of Wirral View.

  3. Sweet loving Jesus! I’ve just read me own bloody post. If ever there’s an example to others to remain sober whilst tapping on a keyboard it’s this rancid undiluted rubbish that I’ve recently authored after digesting 2 single dose units of diazepam, supping eleven pints of ale and having no memory of winning sixty quid in a hand of three card brag in my local Ale House.
    Under normal circumstances, normal for me, I can often read some of this rubbish and vaguely recall what it was that was going through me mind that prompted me to come up with whatever it was I came up with. This one! The one before this? I’ve absolutely no idea why I began going on about a Paper Round.
    Once more John. My apologies dear old friend. Rob.

    • Thanks for your comment bobby47.

      I did edit slightly some of the language out of the first comment before the comment was published.

      One of the contractor’s method statements published above appears to deal with dogs and states “This includes… placing distributors’ personal safety above delivery in potentially dangerous situations.”

      This would suggest that if a dog is loose between the gate and door that property isn’t delivered to or indeed if a dog is barking behind the letterbox and the distributor is scared the dog might bite them if they deliver, then that property isn’t delivered to either.

      Wirral View is the Council’s newspaper, the contract and story above is about delivery of it, so that’s properly why you started writing about a paper round.


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