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

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.

Former Cllr Crabtree also received a 12 month suspended sentence for a drunken death threat made to Cllr Louise Reecejones.

February

February saw a rare Cabinet U-turn on car parking charges and an Employment Tribunal involving Alison Mountney. The latter (reporting on an Employment Tribunal) was a first for this blog. During the Tribunal, Wirral Council’s Monitoring Officer Surjit Tour was cross-examined under oath about Wirral Council’s approach to whistleblowing which continued here.

March

March saw the start of a byelection in Claughton following the death of Denise Roberts. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service submitted a revised planning application for a smaller fire station, further away from the nearby properties. There was a bad-tempered Liverpool City Council Budget meeting where one councillor called another a “slimeball”.