EXCLUSIVE: Dan Stephens (Chief Fire Officer) states altered plans for Saughall Massie Fire Station will be submitted “either this month or early January [2016]”

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority meeting 17th December 2015 L to R Treasurer, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan, Chief Fire Officer Dan Stephens, Chair Cllr Dave Hanratty

EXCLUSIVE: Dan Stephens (Chief Fire Officer) states altered plans for Saughall Massie Fire Station will be submitted “either this month or early January [2016]”


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Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority meeting 17th December 2015 L to R Treasurer, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan, Chief Fire Officer Dan Stephens, Chair Cllr Dave Hanratty
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority meeting 17th December 2015 L to R Treasurer, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan, Chief Fire Officer Dan Stephens, Chair Cllr Dave Hanratty

At a meeting of councillors, on the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority held on the 17th of December 2015, Dan Stephens (Chief Fire Officer), gave an update on the progress of plans for a new fire station at Saughall Massie. You can read his report on this matter on Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority’s website.

Dan Stephens said, “Paragraphs twenty-one to thirty on pages sixteen to eighteen provide an update on the Saughall Massie merger.

A pre-application for advice has been submitted to Wirral Borough Council on the 8th October and a planning meeting was held with planning officers from Wirral on the 4th of November.

Following on from this meeting a letter from Wirral planning officers was sent to the agents acting on behalf of the Authority, but unfortunately was given to a Wirral councillor beforehand.

That letter was subsequently passed on to the Liverpool Echo and the Wirral Globe who ran a story quoting sections of the letter. Clearly that was before we’d had sight of that.

I’ve since written to the Head of Regeneration and Planning at Wirral raising a number of issues that relate to that, and they are outlined within paragraphs twenty-six. Paragraph twenty-seven details the position over the medium pressure gas main which runs under the land.

Following on from the planning advice, the size of the station and the design that we would intend to submit a planning application on, has been significantly reduced to the point where the medium pressure gas main would no longer run underneath the main building, thus negating the requirement for it to be rerouted.

It is our intention to submit a full planning application, taking into account the pre-planning advice that we’ve received from Wirral at some point either this month or early January which would allow for consideration by the Planning Committee at some point next year possibly in April.

Paragraph thirty makes the point that any decision by Wirral to grant planning permission will almost certainly be referred to the Secretary of State. I need to make it clear to Members at this point that if planning permission is not granted, then the inevitable consequence will be the outright closure of West Kirby fire station with the resulting increase in response times.”

The reference to Secretary of State above refers to a government minister (however generally such decisions although taken in a minister’s name are decided by civil servants following the policy the minister decides upon).

The Chair of the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority referred later in the meeting to his desire that the press would write "good news" stories about Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. The above story is either good or bad news depending on your political viewpoint.

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13 thoughts on “EXCLUSIVE: Dan Stephens (Chief Fire Officer) states altered plans for Saughall Massie Fire Station will be submitted “either this month or early January [2016]””

  1. G’day John and Bobby

    I am really touched by your concern.

    Have been in hospital for twelve days on the worlds strongest antibiotics but they sadly failed ridding me of the toxic effect on my beautiful body of AdderleyDadderlyDooLally and “The Chamber Potty” and the rest of the shower of scum that defended him and his lies.

    Then paid him off handsomely.

    Word on the street is that the accounts of Lockwood that had been destroyed by the receivers, hence all the stalling of Grant ( I am a toothless tiger) Thornton and the hiding of Beverley Edwards Report have just popped up in the hands of one of my heroes “Highbrow”.

    Apparently Bobster the receiver can destroy the “evidence” after fifteen months but I hardly think the law says that if they are destroyed ah ah its too late.

    So I hope AdderleyDadderleyDooLally and “The Chamber Potty are having some sleepless nights because they knew all along.

    “I was told to keep my mouth shut” her words.

    Then “Phil the Very Very Deluded Dill” “The Shyster” “The Pretend Friend” and all the “Kitchen Cabinet” “Gra Gra” and probably the other party leaders all knew about the asset stripping and stayed schtum.

    Getting weak boys but will bounce back soon.



    Thanks Bobby and John and a very merry xmas to you and yours, sadly my nearest and dearest are the other side of the world.

    Thank God for skype.

      1. G’day John

        I missed this in the rubbish paper from over Kev and Stellas Stinking Stagnant Wirral Waters as I wouldn’t buy the garbage or take it out of a bin and computers can’t be used in hospital.

        Wirral council faces deeper budget cuts than first feared

        £2,000,000.00 sounds like about the amount Wirral “Funny” Bizz took from under their noses and they never tried to get it back.

        They would have been all square then and with the approx. £250,000.00 they have spent on Grant Thornton, hiding reportsand defending AdderleyDadderlyDooLally they would have been up on what they are down.



        Didn’t even mention the £250,000.00 pay off for being a lying deceitful scum bag.

        1. Here’s a preview of an upcoming blog post in a new series called “Marmaduke and the Ghost” (see paragraph 4) that will be published soon. Hope you enjoy!

          Marmaduke and the Ghost (Part 1)

          Marmaduke was Head Boy at the Squirrel School and thought he was very clever. The Squirrel School was a very strange magical school. There were no children at it as they had to be at least eighteen years old and the pupils were in charge of the School.

          There were always sixty-six pupils. If people left or sadly died a new pupil magically appeared a few weeks later.

          Thousands of people worked at the Squirrel School to keep the magic going. Marmaduke was Leader of the Red Gang, which had over half the pupils at the school in it. Because of the way the rules were at the Squirrel School it meant he and his Red Gang often got their way.

          One day the member of staff in charge of the magic told Marmaduke that some of the staff had unfortunately got their sums wrong.

          It was Marmaduke’s job to make sure the staff were doing their sums properly, but he didn’t want the pupils, staff and others to know this. He wanted to blame it all on the Blue Gang instead.

  2. Thanks John

    A very Happy Xmas to you and yours and please for Wirral’s sake keep sticking it to the lying cheating scum bags at Wirral until it is a decent place.

    A lot of council people must be so grateful for your efforts you are a top class citizen.

    The general public would not be aware (or care) about what goes on.

    “The Pretend Friend” John is well passed his used by date and how effing deluded is he thinking he can take on you and “Highbrow” the man is a welsh sleeping goat.

    I am again starting to think Ecca is like Mourhino the only difference being Ecca never had the dressing room, nor did Gra Gra.

    Maybe the bedroom.

    John can you imagine if “Phil the Very Very Deluded Dill” had progressed over Kev and Stella’s Stinking Stagnant Wirral Waters, good job they ALL know of his dirty tricks.

    He should be corralled into the Chamber Pot with the other cheats and liars, she said she was told to keep her mouth shut, and they need a “Shyster” to hide things and to say he did’t read the report and they should all be pushed as one.



    Ecca please do the right thing for your families sake.

    1. You make the point about Cllr Adrian Jones and openness about councillors’ expenses.

      I asked once for Cllr Steve Foulkes (when he was Leader) to publish the draft Anna Klonowski Associates report. Had he done so we’d know if it had been watered down compared to the final version.

      He said no. Of course in those days he [Foulkes] was more “open and transparent” and insisted on this memo from Bill Norman saying no being shared with me.

      Try getting a copy of legal advice out of Wirral Council now (basically no chance)!

      See what he said in a video below.

      Course Foulkes saying no, despite I genuinely believe he believed himself that at the time he was doing the right thing just made the situation worse didn’t it?

      Instead of being hailed as a hero, he was painted (rightly or wrongly) as someone involved in the cover up. People were made to believe he was involved in a cover up (and the fact the two officers involved were asked to leave one day before it was published (cost Wirral Council about £110k each)) shows how things happen at Wirral Council doesn’t it?

      I will add that Cllr Foulkes did point out that was unfair to blame him and remove him as Leader as this was against (as he saw it) the principles of “natural justice”!

    1. Well that is yet to be decided. Interestingly the Planning Committee at Wirral Council is one of the few that is not subject to the party whip, so councillors should be able to make their own minds up on the merits or otherwise of a planning application.

  3. G’day John

    When I blew the whistle to AdderleyDadderlyDooLally and “The Chamber Potty” in July 2011, no one still having been punished apart from the whistle blowers, a good portion of the meeting was him telling me what a great accountant he was and all the contacts he had and no big fund recipient had gone bust.

    He might be as brilliant as he boasts as “Highbrow” has a copy of Lockwood’s’ accounts certified by a London accountant and lo and behold a miracle.

    He must be as good as he says with swollen purple head whilst looking up at his ridiculous football shirt on his wall with his name on the back ‘L I A R’ and stinking like an ashtray.

    Not only did the Big Fund assets vanish the original assets of the company disappeared as if sunk in Kev and Stella’s Stinking Stagnant Wirral Waters.

    The weasel can do whatever he wants and be fully supported by his colleagues and 66 (excluding Stuart Kelly) dimwit nodders.

    What will he do at the “Chamber Pot”?

    Thank god for karma.



  4. G’day John

    I have been following the crap from small fat welsh sloth in their local rubbish propaganda sheet and as I said yesterday he is fool to take you and “Highbrow” on.

    The old welsh goat is past his use by date.

    Having worked at the audit commission the clowncil runs the same rings around the auditors with their systems who don’t care because they are paid handsomely, and if they do find something they talk for a couple of hours on the phone and hey presto it goes away or they just tell the auditor it is none of their business.

    Well done John you made him look like a foolish, toothless welsh dragon.

    On my favourite topic of Wirral “Funny” Bizz, Big, ISUS and Working Neighbourhoods AdderleyDadderlyDooLally “Phil the Very Very Deluded Dill” “The Pretend Friend” “The Shyster” should all have a nervous Xmas and a Unprosperous 2016.

    “Highbrow” has been corresponding with very excited insolvency companies and their controllers, the local member that sounds like a vulture and is sending the details to several interested MP’s and of course creditors including Inland Revenue.

    John how does £80,000.00 plus worth of assets evaporate only leaving enough for insolvency company fees.

    A miracle.

    Maybe AdderleyDadderleyDooLally is as great as he spent over an hour boasting and bragging to me when I was blowing the whistle to him and “The Chamber Potty” and obviously her in the ugh boots….only one of us fell for his shit.



    Ps Has Fartin Lobsterpot with a foot in every camp…….er I mean hand in every till………. stayed on the Wirral payroll now that he has assured Uncle Joe got his way and effed off “Phil the Very Very Deluded Dill?

    1. G’day James,

      I’m used to all this. However from his perspective I can see why he’d think it is a good idea to slow me down, distract or deter me.

      I’ve had dealings with insolvency companies before over unpaid invoices I’m owed.

      Basically (in my limited experience) once creditors with a higher priority are paid and the extortionate fees of the insolvency company are paid, any unsecured debtors get a few update letters through the post but no money!

      Well if I’m being flippant the easiest way to make £80,000 worth of assets disappear is to bury it in a local authority balance sheet as it’s too small to be noticed, but seriously as insolvency companies charge £xxx/hour + VAT (or possibly more), I would guess they’re more interested in completing the job and getting paid than dotting every i and crossing every t.

      Have you considered that the insolvency company will have some type of insurance like professional indemnity insurance should they make a mistake?

      Therefore as a condition of such insurance, I would guess that not only would such allegations probably have to be raised with their insurance company but it would feed into any response received. Hence I would guess that any response not unsurprisingly denies any liability and blames it all on circumstances beyond their control.

      All the best,


  5. G’day John

    All the debate in their local rubbish propaganda sheet around “The Pretend Friend” making more of a galah of himself that is missing is some comments from that positive thinker, yesterdays bad news “Crapapple”.

    The IQ level of Labor went up significantly after they shafted one of their own that was an embarrassment to society,

    Fancy you having the audacity to question “The Pretend Friend who has spent decades learning to stuff friends and enemies in a very poor government system.

    His family must be so proud of the deceitful little fat welsh goat.

    Or is that sloth?




    Keep up the great work for the people of Wirral



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