Posted by: John Brace | 12th February 2014

Will Wirral Council be more transparent on its Pacific Road Arts Centre plans due to a mistake?

Will Wirral Council be more transparent on its Pacific Road Arts Centre plans due to a mistake?


134 Boundary Road,
CH43 7PH

12th February 2014

RE: Agenda Item 14 (Former Pacific Road Arts Centre and Taylor Street Transport Museum)

Dear Surjit Tour,
I am sure you are aware of the requirement in Regulation 5 of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meeting and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012 which require Wirral Council to publish a notice 28 clear days prior to holding a Cabinet meeting at which the press and public are excluded detailing the reasons why.
Such a notice about appendices 3 and 4 was published on 15th January 2014. Clear days does not include the date of the meeting, nor the day the notice is published, therefore the latest it should have been published was the 14th January 2014.
No notice has been published five days before the meeting indicating that the agreement of the chair of the overview and scrutiny committee has been obtained. Therefore I request a copy of appendices 3 and 4 and respectfully point out that the Cabinet has no legal power to exclude me from the part of the meeting (agenda item 14) when they are discussed.

Yours sincerely,

John Brace

If you click on any of the buttons below, you’ll be doing me a favour by sharing this article with other people.


  1. May I be the first to wish you well in your attempts!

    • Thanks. I have emailed a copy to Mr. Tour, the Cabinet Member Cllr Adrian Jones and Cllr Phil Davies, however I doubt they will have time to check their email before the meeting.

      I will take a handwritten copy with me for Mr. Tour and we shall see what happens!

    • Sadly as if they’d made a decision tonight, they’d have had to give me a copy of the appendices, they have instead withdrawn the item and it’ll go to the next Cabinet meeting in March instead. At least I tried!

    • It’s now going to be decided at a special Cabinet meeting on the 24th February. The previously “confidential” appendices have also been published and can be found by following that link.