So what happened each month in 2017?
2017 was such a newsworthy year it’s hard to know where to start.
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 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 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”.