Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority (MFRA) withdrew their costs application made in September 2016 for £1,261.50 against Mr John Brace in First-tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber) case EA/2016/0054 (Brace v Information Commissioner and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority) and MFRA pay £500 already paid back to Mr John Brace

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority (MFRA) withdrew their costs application made in September 2016 for £1,261.50 against Mr John Brace in First-tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber) case EA/2016/0054 (Brace v Information Commissioner and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority) and MFRA pay £500 already paid back to Mr John Brace

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority (MFRA) withdrew their costs application made in September 2016 for £1,261.50 against Mr John Brace in First-tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber) case EA/2016/0054 (Brace v Information Commissioner and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority) and MFRA pay £500 already paid back to Mr John Brace

                                            

By John Brace (Editor)
and
Leonora Brace (Co-Editor)

First publication date: 17th July 2020, 06:50 (BST).
Edited: 19th July 2020, 13:16 (BST). A revised decision was issued to parties with the correct case reference number on 19.7.20 and an apology from First-tier Tribunal Judge McMillan, therefore the article below is the situation at the time of publication (17.7.20), but has not been amended due to this addition.

Janet Henshaw (centre, former Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority Monitoring Officer) December 2016 talking to councillors about costs in EA/2016/0054 at a public meeting of the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority Policy and Resources Committee (15th December 2016)
Janet Henshaw (centre, former Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority Monitoring Officer) December 2016 talking to councillors about costs in EA/2016/0054 at a public meeting of the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority Policy and Resources Committee (15th December 2016).

The author declares an interest as a party (Appellant) in First-tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber) case EA/2016/0054, as a party (Appellant) in Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) cases GIA/619/2019 & GIA/2503/2017. and as a party (Applicant) in Birkenhead County Court enforcement case G01BI932.
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Upper Tribunal Judge Wikeley grants limited permission to appeal First-tier Tribunal (GRC) costs order

Upper Tribunal Judge Wikeley grants limited permission to appeal First-tier Tribunal (GRC) costs order

Upper Tribunal Judge Wikeley grants limited permission to appeal First-tier Tribunal (GRC) costs order

Liverpool Civil & Family Court, Vernon Street, Liverpool, L2 2BX (the venue for First-Tier Tribunal case EA/2016/0033)
Liverpool Civil & Family Court, Vernon Street, Liverpool, L2 2BX (the venue for First-Tier Tribunal case EA/2016/0054)

I’ll declare an interest in this matter as I’m one of the parties to the case (the Appellant).

In an update to a story from January 2019 headlined Why did the First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights) take over 2 years to decide on a permission to appeal request?, the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) has now made a decision on permission to appeal, after a request by myself for permission to appeal was renewed to it.
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So what happened each month in 2017?

So what happened each month in 2017?

So what happened each month in 2017?

                                    

Cllr Phil Davies on Hoylake Golf Resort at Hoylake Community Centre 9th December 2017
Cllr Phil Davies on Hoylake Golf Resort at Hoylake Community Centre 9th December 2017

2017 was such a newsworthy year it’s hard to know where to start.

January

The year started with councillors on Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority furious over the refusal of planning permission for a new fire station in Saughall Massie.
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Should EU laws on the environment be disregarded by the British judiciary before the UK has left the EU?

Should EU laws on the environment be disregarded by the British judiciary before the UK has left the EU?

Should EU laws on the environment be disregarded by the British judiciary before the UK has left the EU?

                                                 

Planning Committee (Wirral Council) site visit Saughall Massie fire station 18th July 2017
Planning Committee (Wirral Council) site visit Saughall Massie fire station 18th July 2017 (this is the site for the proposed fire station)

In a follow-up to yesterday’s story Wirral Council’s Cabinet agree 150 year lease for fire station in Saughall Massie I am going to write an editorial on a related matter. I’ll start by pointing out that I was the Appellant in the First-tier Tribunal matter referred to and Applicant in the related Upper Tribunal case.

Below is an opinion piece, I am not a legal professional and one of the costs decision referred to is sub judice. However as Editor I have decided there is a public interest in these matters being written about for various reasons.

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EXCLUSIVE: Wirral Council spent £1,009.35 on “media training” for councillors and a further £57,659.24 on legal costs over unreasonable land charges

EXCLUSIVE: Wirral Council spent £1,009.35 on “media training” for councillors and a further £57,659.24 on legal costs over unreasonable land charges

EXCLUSIVE: Wirral Council spent £1,009.35 on “media training” for councillors and a further £57,659.24 on legal costs over unreasonable land charges

                                    

Jim Hancock invoice media training Wirral Council councillors
Jim Hancock invoice media training Wirral Council councillors

Wirral Council spent £1,009,35 on “media training” for councillors provided by Jim Hancock. The training was provided to councillors on the 16th March 2016, 27th April 2016 and 14th June 2016.

Part of the cost of the training were three round trips from Lymm to Wallasey (81 miles each time) charged to Wirral Council at 45 pence a mile costing £109.35.


I will declare an interest in the next part of this article as I’m currently awaiting a permission to appeal decision in relation to costs relating to an Environmental Information Regulations request (which doesn’t relate to land charges) which will be decided by the First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights).

In an update to a story from last year about overcharging by Wirral Council, Wirral Council paid a further £57,659.24 to its lawyers Bevan Brittan in a dispute over unreasonable land charges. This followed a First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights) case that ruled that such charges were unreasonable.

Bevan Brittan invoice APPS case land charges refund
Bevan Brittan invoice APPS case land charges refund

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