Mayor making at Floral Pavilion 'ill-conceived break with tradition' says Tory group leader

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WIRRAL'S Conservative group leader has hit out at the decision to hold next month's mayor-making ceremony at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton.

Councillor Jeff Green said the decision to move permanently from Wallasey Town Hall as part of council cost-saving measures was an 'ill-conceived' break with tradition.

Former Labour group chief councillor Steve Foulkes will be installed as the borough's civic leader during the ceremony on June 1.

Councillor Green said: "This is still a formal meeting of the council and there has been no discussion or consultation over this matter instead the Labour administration have taken a unilateral decision to move this ceremony and communicated this decision via the chief executive.

"I know I am not alone in viewing this as a distasteful and ill-conceived move.

"Annual council is an important, solemn civic event which should be held in the Civic Hall.

"It is not a party and it is certainly not the pantomime that's accompanying these arrangements."

"Yet again we see the breathtaking hypocrisy of the Labour Party.

"On one hand they bleat they have no money and so are switching off streetlights, not filling school crossing patrol vacancies and consulting over the closure of Lyndale School.

"Yet they can spend Wirral taxpayers' cash on plush new carpets and 'Downton Abbey' staircases upgrading Wallasey Town Hall.

"But when they want to party, it's off to the Floral Pavilion at taxpayers' expense.

"Utterly unacceptable."

Labour leader of the council Phil Davies told the Globe: "The reality is that the Floral Pavilion is a nice venue and holding mayor making there will make for a more enjoyable experience. I don't really see the move as a big issue.

"There is no legal requirement to hold the ceremony at the town hall.

"I won't take any lessons from Jeff about the budget savings he has mentioned, particularly when we are faced with cuts brought about as the result of his Government's cuts.

"This is a national problem, so it's a bit rich of him to start pointing the finger at my administration.

"On the Lyndale School, he's talking about consultation. No decision has been made yet, it's the subject of a 12-week consultation that is very rigorous.

"He also mentions the new carpet for the town hall, which replaced one that had been in the building for 40 years.

"We had complaints about the state of the carpet from parties who had used the venue, so it had to be replaced.

"He also mentions the 'Downton Abbey' staircase in the town hall. The absolute hypocrisy of the tory position here is that Cllr Green was in power when funding was approved for the staircase.

"I think Cllr Green's time would be better spent helping me fight these cuts, rather than by making cheap political comments."

The council’s chief executive, Graham Burgess, said: "For some time we have been looking at ways to improve the mayor-making ceremony at no additional cost to the council tax payer.

"The Floral Pavilion is being proposed for all future mayor making ceremonies, not just this one, as it is a much more suitable venue.

“The Wirral mayor-making ceremony is much lower key than those held in other areas.

“The ceremony is a Monday night and no bookings had been taken for the room that will be used.

“The Floral Pavilion is owned by the council and therefore we anticipate there will be no additional costs to the council as a result of changing the venue.”

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10:45am Thu 1 May 14

bigfoot says...

Why was the new carpet fitted to the main grand staircase and the second 'vanity' staircase build,if not to be used for these events? Why bother with a Town hall,sell it of for a hotel and use the conference facilities at the Floral?
Or are the Floral's prawn butties better?
Why was the new carpet fitted to the main grand staircase and the second 'vanity' staircase build,if not to be used for these events? Why bother with a Town hall,sell it of for a hotel and use the conference facilities at the Floral? Or are the Floral's prawn butties better? bigfoot
  • Score: 8

10:55am Thu 1 May 14

Dantealighieri says...

If Graham Burgess is looking for ways to improve the " Mayor- making " ceremony, they could start by picking somebody else instead of the objectionable Steve Foulkes.
If Graham Burgess is looking for ways to improve the " Mayor- making " ceremony, they could start by picking somebody else instead of the objectionable Steve Foulkes. Dantealighieri
  • Score: 18

3:29pm Thu 1 May 14

Growl Tiger says...

Hallelujah Mr Burgess makes a statement to the press– he must have finally reached the end of his BMW manual.

The Council knows that this particular mayoral appointment is controversial. Moving away from tradition for the ceremony is not going to “improve the mayor making” whatsoever. The only way to do that is for Mr Burgess and Cllr Davies to have a quiet word in Councillor Foulkes’ ear and persuade him to stand down.

Cllr Davies says the Floral Pavilion will make it a more enjoyable experience – for whom? Certainly not the children and parents waiting for a decision regarding Lyndale School and certainly not those being evicted from Fernbank Farm.

The Floral Pavilion comes with better views across the river to our Leader’s newly acquired territory, catering will be more interesting than the Town Hall cheesy whatsits, there are proper bars and it will be easier to keep the riff raff from prying. All in all a much more enjoyable experience for those who consider themselves VIPs. Absolute hypocrisy Cllr Davies.
Hallelujah Mr Burgess makes a statement to the press– he must have finally reached the end of his BMW manual. The Council knows that this particular mayoral appointment is controversial. Moving away from tradition for the ceremony is not going to “improve the mayor making” whatsoever. The only way to do that is for Mr Burgess and Cllr Davies to have a quiet word in Councillor Foulkes’ ear and persuade him to stand down. Cllr Davies says the Floral Pavilion will make it a more enjoyable experience – for whom? Certainly not the children and parents waiting for a decision regarding Lyndale School and certainly not those being evicted from Fernbank Farm. The Floral Pavilion comes with better views across the river to our Leader’s newly acquired territory, catering will be more interesting than the Town Hall cheesy whatsits, there are proper bars and it will be easier to keep the riff raff from prying. All in all a much more enjoyable experience for those who consider themselves VIPs. Absolute hypocrisy Cllr Davies. Growl Tiger
  • Score: 18

4:17pm Thu 1 May 14

ballacrain says...

No additional cost to the taxpayer,says who. Several councillors will be making claims for extra mileage when submitting their expense claims,after all it is further for to travel for several of them.
No additional cost to the taxpayer,says who. Several councillors will be making claims for extra mileage when submitting their expense claims,after all it is further for to travel for several of them. ballacrain
  • Score: 11

4:27pm Thu 1 May 14

Cheesy Peas says...

One has to feel for those cleaning up after the event. All that rotten fruit on the stage.....
One has to feel for those cleaning up after the event. All that rotten fruit on the stage..... Cheesy Peas
  • Score: 14

8:20pm Thu 1 May 14

jay744 says...

'Responding to Cllr Green's concerns, council leader Phil Davies told the Globe: "The reality is that the Floral Pavilion is a nice venue and holding mayor making there will make for a more enjoyable experience. I don't really see the move as a big issue. '

Yes but who is paying for all of this Phil?

You are the same Phil Davies who has made the unemployed pay twenty per cent of their council tax from benefits that have not even risen with inflation! That means you have taken money from the poorest and most desperrate people in our borough.

It is also you who has switched off street lights and denied school crossing patrols to vulnerable children!

Final proof that you Phil and Wirral Labour Party are completely out of touch with the reality of many people in Wirral. Indeed, you Davies need to be thrown out of the Labour party immediately as you are the worst kind of left wing Tory masquerading as a Labour man!

Why do we need a mayor anyway? It's not like the role means anything. Not like Liverpool's mayor who is elected by Liverpool people!

Wirral's mayor is chosen by the other Councillors. It is a cushy reward for long service. Purely ceremonial and pointless.

Wirral Labour Party is the party that has implemented the harshest of Tory cuts, and put them onto the heads of the poorest. It should hold it's head in shame. not be planning to waste a fortune on anointing Steve Davis to a plushy freebie courtesy of Wirral Council tax payers.

I suggest we all do a freedom of information request and find out how much this waste of council tax money ceremony will cost!

I suggest Phil Davies either allows Wirral voters to elect a real mayor or pays for this jobs for the boys, cushy, mayor making ceremony out of his own pocket!

You are a disgrace to the Labour Party. And I hope Labour voters who have been hit hard by your implementation of Tory cuts remember not to vote for you or your sell out party at the coming local elections.
'Responding to Cllr Green's concerns, council leader Phil Davies told the Globe: "The reality is that the Floral Pavilion is a nice venue and holding mayor making there will make for a more enjoyable experience. I don't really see the move as a big issue. ' Yes but who is paying for all of this Phil? You are the same Phil Davies who has made the unemployed pay twenty per cent of their council tax from benefits that have not even risen with inflation! That means you have taken money from the poorest and most desperrate people in our borough. It is also you who has switched off street lights and denied school crossing patrols to vulnerable children! Final proof that you Phil and Wirral Labour Party are completely out of touch with the reality of many people in Wirral. Indeed, you Davies need to be thrown out of the Labour party immediately as you are the worst kind of left wing Tory masquerading as a Labour man! Why do we need a mayor anyway? It's not like the role means anything. Not like Liverpool's mayor who is elected by Liverpool people! Wirral's mayor is chosen by the other Councillors. It is a cushy reward for long service. Purely ceremonial and pointless. Wirral Labour Party is the party that has implemented the harshest of Tory cuts, and put them onto the heads of the poorest. It should hold it's head in shame. not be planning to waste a fortune on anointing Steve Davis to a plushy freebie courtesy of Wirral Council tax payers. I suggest we all do a freedom of information request and find out how much this waste of council tax money ceremony will cost! I suggest Phil Davies either allows Wirral voters to elect a real mayor or pays for this jobs for the boys, cushy, mayor making ceremony out of his own pocket! You are a disgrace to the Labour Party. And I hope Labour voters who have been hit hard by your implementation of Tory cuts remember not to vote for you or your sell out party at the coming local elections. jay744
  • Score: 10

1:15pm Fri 2 May 14

woodcutter 56 says...

Maybe tickets could be sold seeing as the whole thing is a farse a reward for taking the fall from grace people from wirral arnt so soft ss the council think and its another way into the feeding trough such a farse should sell well anotjet chance to make a few bob
Maybe tickets could be sold seeing as the whole thing is a farse a reward for taking the fall from grace people from wirral arnt so soft ss the council think and its another way into the feeding trough such a farse should sell well anotjet chance to make a few bob woodcutter 56
  • Score: 1

9:46pm Fri 2 May 14

Hugo1008 says...

The most odious part of this whole fiasco is the choice of candidate, the one person in the entire Council that has brought this Wirral Borough Council to its lowest point in terms of respect and honest open politics in its entire History.
I am surprised they did not pick a location like Hilbre Island so that the sheer stench of hypocrisy and scandal, would be as far away from the decent law abiding honest general population as possible.
Then they could have saved on the fumigation costs to clean up the Floral Pavilion after this unseemly debacle is over, maybe there is enough White Wash to cover the entire Pavilion Building, that would be nice.
The most odious part of this whole fiasco is the choice of candidate, the one person in the entire Council that has brought this Wirral Borough Council to its lowest point in terms of respect and honest open politics in its entire History. I am surprised they did not pick a location like Hilbre Island so that the sheer stench of hypocrisy and scandal, would be as far away from the decent law abiding honest general population as possible. Then they could have saved on the fumigation costs to clean up the Floral Pavilion after this unseemly debacle is over, maybe there is enough White Wash to cover the entire Pavilion Building, that would be nice. Hugo1008
  • Score: 7

2:47pm Mon 5 May 14

sandhills says...

So, just to clarify can someone tell us how much this ceremony costs the tax payer, i presume that food will be provided, is there a free bar? And who will be going?

Seems like it is just the select few with their noses in the trough. Perhaps it is time the Mayor was elected by the people, not selected from the " talent pool".
So, just to clarify can someone tell us how much this ceremony costs the tax payer, i presume that food will be provided, is there a free bar? And who will be going? Seems like it is just the select few with their noses in the trough. Perhaps it is time the Mayor was elected by the people, not selected from the " talent pool". sandhills
  • Score: 1

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