Fight to save Lyndale School attracts thousands

Wirral Globe: Fight to save Lyndale School attracts thousands Fight to save Lyndale School attracts thousands

A PETITION to save a special needs school from closure has attracted the backing of more than 3,000 people.

Wirral Council dropped a bombshell on the the Lyndale School last week by saying it was “minded” to begin closure procedures.

Over the years, Globe readers have raised more than £80,000 to help provide a sensory garden and other features at the Estham-based school.

A petition started by John Healing – whose 11-year-old daughter attends Lyndale – calls on the council to rethink their decision.

At present, it has been signed by 3,098 people.

Councillor Tom Harney, chair of governors at Lyndale, told the Globe the school has been discussing the future of the school for more than eight years.

He said: “The problem throughout has been that our school has wanted to talk about the children, while the council officers have wanted to talk about administrative convenience.

“It is Christmas time, and this would be the best Christmas present they could give to children and families.”

Petition creator, Mr Healing, added: “The council underestimates the opposition from not only parents but from the wider community.”

To sign the petition, visit you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/keep-lyndale-special-school-open

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6:28pm Mon 16 Dec 13

PaulCa says...

Knowing how cruel, spiteful and desperate to politicise and lay blame are the powers that be on Wirral, could it be NO COINCIDENCE WHATSOEVER that the chair of Lyndale's governors, possibly soon to be twiddling his thumbs, is a former party leader and coalition colleague of those now wielding the axe over Lynwood?

Wirral's council leader recently had no comment to make over an unscrutinised £48,000 payment to someone on the inside who appears to be calling all the shots. That money could have helped here. When will this person have spent all that cash and threaten to come back for more? Next month?

And will this corrupt action cause the next set of innocent vulnerable persons to be brought into the firing line?
Knowing how cruel, spiteful and desperate to politicise and lay blame are the powers that be on Wirral, could it be NO COINCIDENCE WHATSOEVER that the chair of Lyndale's governors, possibly soon to be twiddling his thumbs, is a former party leader and coalition colleague of those now wielding the axe over Lynwood? Wirral's council leader recently had no comment to make over an unscrutinised £48,000 payment to someone on the inside who appears to be calling all the shots. That money could have helped here. When will this person have spent all that cash and threaten to come back for more? Next month? And will this corrupt action cause the next set of innocent vulnerable persons to be brought into the firing line? PaulCa

7:34pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Wirralpleb says...

Sadly poor Housekeeping is one of the many problems at Wirral Council.
PaulCa is correct when a payment of this size has been made to a council employee and the CEO Mr Burgess has advised councillors there are legal constraints that wont allow them to comment .
Mobile telephone bill of £250,000 for Wirral Council for a year and they dont know who 60% of the users are.
The biggest drain on the public purse is the level of salaries for senior managers within Wirral Council. (The link below which is from the council website has to be copied and then pasted into your browser.) A cut of 15% on these salaries would save Lyndale School on its shortfall.
http://www.wirral.go
v.uk/my-services/cou
ncil-and-democracy/b
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chief-officer-pay
Sadly poor Housekeeping is one of the many problems at Wirral Council. PaulCa is correct when a payment of this size has been made to a council employee and the CEO Mr Burgess has advised councillors there are legal constraints that wont allow them to comment . Mobile telephone bill of £250,000 for Wirral Council for a year and they dont know who 60% of the users are. The biggest drain on the public purse is the level of salaries for senior managers within Wirral Council. (The link below which is from the council website has to be copied and then pasted into your browser.) A cut of 15% on these salaries would save Lyndale School on its shortfall. http://www.wirral.go v.uk/my-services/cou ncil-and-democracy/b udgets-and-spending/ chief-officer-pay Wirralpleb

8:14am Tue 17 Dec 13

JohnON says...

Wirralpleb, but you have to pay these excessive salaries in order to get people of the highest calibre.

(Do I qualify for best joke of the year award?)
Wirralpleb, but you have to pay these excessive salaries in order to get people of the highest calibre. (Do I qualify for best joke of the year award?) JohnON

10:02am Tue 17 Dec 13

Growl Tiger says...

Those salaries are unbelievable – they are simply milking the funding for themselves. What I cannot understand is, why at a time when they are cutting back on all services and therefore doing LESS WORK their salaries increase. Why do we need a Head of Delivery when nothing is being delivered and why do we need a Head of Transformation when nothing is being changed?

The same goes for the councillors – there is less for them to do so why do we still need 66?
Those salaries are unbelievable – they are simply milking the funding for themselves. What I cannot understand is, why at a time when they are cutting back on all services and therefore doing LESS WORK their salaries increase. Why do we need a Head of Delivery when nothing is being delivered and why do we need a Head of Transformation when nothing is being changed? The same goes for the councillors – there is less for them to do so why do we still need 66? Growl Tiger

12:18pm Tue 17 Dec 13

bigfoot says...

One of the best descriptions of Wirral and its chief officers is 'a self perpetuating oligarchy.
One of the best descriptions of Wirral and its chief officers is 'a self perpetuating oligarchy. bigfoot

12:22pm Tue 17 Dec 13

ordinary personn says...

It looks to me like there is a tier of management that could be removed without impacting on service delivery. I'm a simple soul so will somebody please explain to me why there are strategic directors as well as directors and heads of various functions. Can't these people report directly to the chief executive and save us the better part of £400K a year on the strategic directors' salaries? I thought that the idea was to reduce the number of heads/directors when these people were appointed, hence their ridiculously high salaries, but this does not seem to have happened. Of course, Mr Burgess may have to do some more work but on his salary he can't complain.
It looks to me like there is a tier of management that could be removed without impacting on service delivery. I'm a simple soul so will somebody please explain to me why there are strategic directors as well as directors and heads of various functions. Can't these people report directly to the chief executive and save us the better part of £400K a year on the strategic directors' salaries? I thought that the idea was to reduce the number of heads/directors when these people were appointed, hence their ridiculously high salaries, but this does not seem to have happened. Of course, Mr Burgess may have to do some more work but on his salary he can't complain. ordinary personn

9:28pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Joeblogg85 says...

Hey Ordinary,

I haven't looked at the salaries but I'm sure they are not unsubstantial!

The very same question about having Strategic Directors, Directors and a Heads of Services has been asked by junior staff members. You could certainly lose one level of management without services being affected.

Joe
Hey Ordinary, I haven't looked at the salaries but I'm sure they are not unsubstantial! The very same question about having Strategic Directors, Directors and a Heads of Services has been asked by junior staff members. You could certainly lose one level of management without services being affected. Joe Joeblogg85

9:37pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Joeblogg85 says...

Wirralpleb wrote:
Sadly poor Housekeeping is one of the many problems at Wirral Council.
PaulCa is correct when a payment of this size has been made to a council employee and the CEO Mr Burgess has advised councillors there are legal constraints that wont allow them to comment .
Mobile telephone bill of £250,000 for Wirral Council for a year and they dont know who 60% of the users are.
The biggest drain on the public purse is the level of salaries for senior managers within Wirral Council. (The link below which is from the council website has to be copied and then pasted into your browser.) A cut of 15% on these salaries would save Lyndale School on its shortfall.
http://www.wirral.go

v.uk/my-services/cou

ncil-and-democracy/b

udgets-and-spending/

chief-officer-pay
Can anyone explain why the Head of Neighbourhoods and Engagement is worth more than the Head of Legal, Housing, Finance and Organisational Development when they would all require proper professional qualifications? Surely the former is more of a softer outcome compared to the others that look more like a legal requirement.
[quote][p][bold]Wirralpleb[/bold] wrote: Sadly poor Housekeeping is one of the many problems at Wirral Council. PaulCa is correct when a payment of this size has been made to a council employee and the CEO Mr Burgess has advised councillors there are legal constraints that wont allow them to comment . Mobile telephone bill of £250,000 for Wirral Council for a year and they dont know who 60% of the users are. The biggest drain on the public purse is the level of salaries for senior managers within Wirral Council. (The link below which is from the council website has to be copied and then pasted into your browser.) A cut of 15% on these salaries would save Lyndale School on its shortfall. http://www.wirral.go v.uk/my-services/cou ncil-and-democracy/b udgets-and-spending/ chief-officer-pay[/p][/quote]Can anyone explain why the Head of Neighbourhoods and Engagement is worth more than the Head of Legal, Housing, Finance and Organisational Development when they would all require proper professional qualifications? Surely the former is more of a softer outcome compared to the others that look more like a legal requirement. Joeblogg85

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