'Waste of money' blast as the bill comes in for Wirral's mayor-making ceremony

Venue switch: New Brighton's Floral Pavilion

Venue switch: New Brighton's Floral Pavilion

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by , Geoff Barnes

TOWN hall bosses have defended spending taxpayers’ cash on switching this year’s Wirral mayor-making venue to New Brighton's Floral Pavilion.

The ceremony to install a councillor as the borough's civic leader had been traditionally held at Wallasey Town Hall.

But for the first time, it was moved to the Floral - with council leader Phil Davies declaring at the time: “The 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.”

A Freedom of Information request this week has shown the total cost for the event in May was more than £5,000.

Tory councillor Leah Fraser rapped: “After tarting up the town hall at a cost of thousands of pounds they decide to go elsewhere for mayor-making – it’s outrageous.

“We have a lovely town hall where mayor-making has been held since the beginning of the authority.

"The switch was a total waste of money.

“At a time when they are looking to reduce staff, how will people facing job losses feel when they see money being splashed out for councillors to enjoy themselves?”

Chief executive Graham Burgess said: "The Floral Pavilion is owned by Wirral Council and is a top-class conference venue with excellent facilities.

“It therefore makes sense for us to host the mayor-making ceremony there.

“We’ve published the full costs to the council of the event, which are similar to previous years and very modest compared to other areas of the country.”

Meanwhile Mr Burgess has defended the spending of £50,000 on corporate hospitality at the Open Golf Championship at Hoylake.

He insisted it would lead to jobs and investment in the borough.

Mr Burgess said independent studies had shown the wider economic impact on the local economy to be worth around £75m.

He observed: “It’s a tiny investment compared with to what we have got.”

The authority paid more than £17,000 on 250 tickets to the tournament as well as £30,000 on food and drink.

The council used a hospitality suite, provided free of charge by the Open’s organisers the R&A, to entertain potential investors in Wirral.

Mr Burgess said a series of business events were hosted there by the local authority.

During this time he said The Open saw the announcement of 100 new jobs being created by the Birkenhead-based call centre provider the Contact Company.

Mr Burgess said: “We would say that even for the 100 jobs announced that is £478 per job, and hopefully there will be more announcements taking place in the next several months as a direct result of meetings held by business guests invited by the council during the Open.”

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5:11pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Cheesy Peas says...

Did you spot it?

The bit where Burgess refers to "costs to the council...... are similar to previous years and very modest compared to other areas of the country"

A running theme, this, and not just on Wirral but at other useless, over-spending councils everywhere.

"Comparative to councils of a similar size" is another one.

It is meaningless rubbish straight out of the Amateur Council Spin Doctor Handbook.

Nice however to see 50 grand was spent on jollies for these jokers to watch the golf.

I trust there were a few underprivileged kids taken along as part of this, were there? Maybe some of the Lyndale pupils?

No. Of course not.

Meanwhile, the maggots have started growing in the bins, as they do each summer.

Bravo WBC - always thinking of yourselves first.
Did you spot it? The bit where Burgess refers to "costs to the council...... are similar to previous years and very modest compared to other areas of the country" A running theme, this, and not just on Wirral but at other useless, over-spending councils everywhere. "Comparative to councils of a similar size" is another one. It is meaningless rubbish straight out of the Amateur Council Spin Doctor Handbook. Nice however to see 50 grand was spent on jollies for these jokers to watch the golf. I trust there were a few underprivileged kids taken along as part of this, were there? Maybe some of the Lyndale pupils? No. Of course not. Meanwhile, the maggots have started growing in the bins, as they do each summer. Bravo WBC - always thinking of yourselves first. Cheesy Peas
  • Score: 31

5:14pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Cheesy Peas says...

As for the golf, the key words from Burgess there are "£75m" and "hopefully".

If can show us where the last £80m went when the golf was last here, then do so.

Also tell us where the £75m is going this year, too.

Just because you'd prefer us to be dumb animals grateful for your scraps, Mr Burgess, doesn't mean we actually are.
As for the golf, the key words from Burgess there are "£75m" and "hopefully". If can show us where the last £80m went when the golf was last here, then do so. Also tell us where the £75m is going this year, too. Just because you'd prefer us to be dumb animals grateful for your scraps, Mr Burgess, doesn't mean we actually are. Cheesy Peas
  • Score: 20

5:31pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Mojo68 says...

Absolutely cheesy peas, 50k is a small price to pay for them to watch golf and stuff their faces and hopefully encourage businesses to create some jobs on the Wirral but yet they cannot correctly fund the vulnerable pupils at Lyndale and invest in them.... Oh I get it, these gorgeously wonderful and highly dependant children are never going to leave school, get jobs and pay taxes etc so obviously they must think that money spent on our children is just a waste!!
Absolutely cheesy peas, 50k is a small price to pay for them to watch golf and stuff their faces and hopefully encourage businesses to create some jobs on the Wirral but yet they cannot correctly fund the vulnerable pupils at Lyndale and invest in them.... Oh I get it, these gorgeously wonderful and highly dependant children are never going to leave school, get jobs and pay taxes etc so obviously they must think that money spent on our children is just a waste!! Mojo68
  • Score: 17

5:59pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Growl Tiger says...

Don't you love farce?
My fault, I fear.
I thought that you'd want what I want -
Sorry, my dear.
But where are the clowns?
Quick, send in the clowns.
Don't bother, they're here.
Don't you love farce? My fault, I fear. I thought that you'd want what I want - Sorry, my dear. But where are the clowns? Quick, send in the clowns. Don't bother, they're here. Growl Tiger
  • Score: 8

6:27pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Joeblogg85 says...

These jobs with the Contact Company have got nothing to do with the Open Golf. Burgess clutching at straws again. Every time the Council comes under pressure it wheels out Asif. Paula Basnett has already claimed this as a win this week and now Burgess is at it. It was Adderley last week. These jobs would have been there with or without the Open. We all know how Brighton Street works...."hey Asif hold onto that press release until the open will you matey". It is outrageous that £50k can be spent on Golf. No wonder all these companies turned up. Wouldn't you? For free scoff and a bevvy.
These jobs with the Contact Company have got nothing to do with the Open Golf. Burgess clutching at straws again. Every time the Council comes under pressure it wheels out Asif. Paula Basnett has already claimed this as a win this week and now Burgess is at it. It was Adderley last week. These jobs would have been there with or without the Open. We all know how Brighton Street works...."hey Asif hold onto that press release until the open will you matey". It is outrageous that £50k can be spent on Golf. No wonder all these companies turned up. Wouldn't you? For free scoff and a bevvy. Joeblogg85
  • Score: 17

9:02am Sat 16 Aug 14

Growl Tiger says...

Chief executive Graham Burgess said: "The Floral Pavilion is owned by Wirral Council .........”
If it’s owned by the council what is it doing paying itself £775.00 for the hire of it?

Under the figure for “Catering” it states this is £1,410. However, “Refreshments” cost £146.80, “Sandwich Tea for Staff” £85.50 and “Catering for Cadets” £68.40. So the overall cost of food and drink for the Mayor Making event was actually £1,710. For the Golf Open WBC spent £30,000 on food and drink.

To put this in perspective in the last couple of weeks £32,000 of our money has been spent on wining and dining senior officers and councillors. Add in all the money that has been spent in this year alone on grand designs in the town hall and yet if you ask the Council to address a safety issue it claims “budget shortfalls” as the excuse to do nothing.
This is all seriously very wrong.
Chief executive Graham Burgess said: "The Floral Pavilion is owned by Wirral Council .........” If it’s owned by the council what is it doing paying itself £775.00 for the hire of it? Under the figure for “Catering” it states this is £1,410. However, “Refreshments” cost £146.80, “Sandwich Tea for Staff” £85.50 and “Catering for Cadets” £68.40. So the overall cost of food and drink for the Mayor Making event was actually £1,710. For the Golf Open WBC spent £30,000 on food and drink. To put this in perspective in the last couple of weeks £32,000 of our money has been spent on wining and dining senior officers and councillors. Add in all the money that has been spent in this year alone on grand designs in the town hall and yet if you ask the Council to address a safety issue it claims “budget shortfalls” as the excuse to do nothing. This is all seriously very wrong. Growl Tiger
  • Score: 17

11:02am Sat 16 Aug 14

Cheesy Peas says...

The council doesn't own anything anymore than the Government does.

It's like saying tax is the council's or the Government's money.

It's not. It's our money and they're our properties.

Jumped up town hall clerks awarding themselves sky-high salaries out of our money would do well to drill that into their psyches.
The council doesn't own anything anymore than the Government does. It's like saying tax is the council's or the Government's money. It's not. It's our money and they're our properties. Jumped up town hall clerks awarding themselves sky-high salaries out of our money would do well to drill that into their psyches. Cheesy Peas
  • Score: 12

12:49pm Sat 16 Aug 14

hobroW says...

Not too sure that Mr Burgess is wrong here on this speculate to accumulate argument.

All I would want is that Councillors and officers stay within the law not that they conduct themselves as Trappist monks might.

An end to spin would be most welcome. How the Contact Company creating 100 jobs is related to the Open Golf is a mystery and that type of connexion ought to be forbidden to issue out of the mouths of public officials who are not paid by ourselves to mislead us.

We do need an addition to Mr Pickles' legislation to forbid council news sheets in order to stem the flow of sticky spin which web-like entangles us .

Praise be to the Conservatives who are tackling the over-mighty subjects that are the local authorities, and carry on the good work.
Not too sure that Mr Burgess is wrong here on this speculate to accumulate argument. All I would want is that Councillors and officers stay within the law not that they conduct themselves as Trappist monks might. An end to spin would be most welcome. How the Contact Company creating 100 jobs is related to the Open Golf is a mystery and that type of connexion ought to be forbidden to issue out of the mouths of public officials who are not paid by ourselves to mislead us. We do need an addition to Mr Pickles' legislation to forbid council news sheets in order to stem the flow of sticky spin which web-like entangles us . Praise be to the Conservatives who are tackling the over-mighty subjects that are the local authorities, and carry on the good work. hobroW
  • Score: -2

5:24pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Thepleb says...

hobroW wrote:
Not too sure that Mr Burgess is wrong here on this speculate to accumulate argument.

All I would want is that Councillors and officers stay within the law not that they conduct themselves as Trappist monks might.

An end to spin would be most welcome. How the Contact Company creating 100 jobs is related to the Open Golf is a mystery and that type of connexion ought to be forbidden to issue out of the mouths of public officials who are not paid by ourselves to mislead us.

We do need an addition to Mr Pickles' legislation to forbid council news sheets in order to stem the flow of sticky spin which web-like entangles us .

Praise be to the Conservatives who are tackling the over-mighty subjects that are the local authorities, and carry on the good work.
Spending money to attract investment is how businesses work, but the council are not a business they are a service and Bugsy Burgess is no Gordon Gekko gambling £50,000 on a 'maybe' , what right have these idiots to gamble with public money when 500 more council workers will be shown the door this year along with the closure of valuable services.
The £5000 squandered on ol red heads crowning is a joke where does this money come from have the council got a budget labelled 'Taking the ****'??
[quote][p][bold]hobroW[/bold] wrote: Not too sure that Mr Burgess is wrong here on this speculate to accumulate argument. All I would want is that Councillors and officers stay within the law not that they conduct themselves as Trappist monks might. An end to spin would be most welcome. How the Contact Company creating 100 jobs is related to the Open Golf is a mystery and that type of connexion ought to be forbidden to issue out of the mouths of public officials who are not paid by ourselves to mislead us. We do need an addition to Mr Pickles' legislation to forbid council news sheets in order to stem the flow of sticky spin which web-like entangles us . Praise be to the Conservatives who are tackling the over-mighty subjects that are the local authorities, and carry on the good work.[/p][/quote]Spending money to attract investment is how businesses work, but the council are not a business they are a service and Bugsy Burgess is no Gordon Gekko gambling £50,000 on a 'maybe' , what right have these idiots to gamble with public money when 500 more council workers will be shown the door this year along with the closure of valuable services. The £5000 squandered on ol red heads crowning is a joke where does this money come from have the council got a budget labelled 'Taking the ****'?? Thepleb
  • Score: 5

7:48pm Sat 16 Aug 14

minimad69 says...

Not at all surprised - the Floral is one of the Foulkesian follies of his former regime - he intended to finance it by the closure of the libraries - he likes to watch comedians but "I don't use the libraries - so what's the point of them".

I was a fan and supporter of the former Floral - but feel the new one is tainted by its association with the high-handed former regime.
Not at all surprised - the Floral is one of the Foulkesian follies of his former regime - he intended to finance it by the closure of the libraries - he likes to watch comedians but "I don't use the libraries - so what's the point of them". I was a fan and supporter of the former Floral - but feel the new one is tainted by its association with the high-handed former regime. minimad69
  • Score: 5

5:54am Mon 18 Aug 14

jay744 says...

Phil Davis is a disgrace to the Labour movement.

He is the man who has imposed enforcement of the cruel, and heartless, bedroom tax whilst other Labour authorities have refused to do so.

He is also the man who has made the poorest, and most desperate, people in our borough stump up 20 percent of their council tax whilst their benefits have been frozen.

So how dare he waste over £5000 pounds of council tax payers money on a party for him and his Tory-lite Labour Party at the Floral?

Has the man no shame?

I only hope that all the good people of Birkenhead and Tranmere Ward remember this arrogrant, and greedy, man's incompetence and neglect come the local elections in May and send him his P45.
Phil Davis is a disgrace to the Labour movement. He is the man who has imposed enforcement of the cruel, and heartless, bedroom tax whilst other Labour authorities have refused to do so. He is also the man who has made the poorest, and most desperate, people in our borough stump up 20 percent of their council tax whilst their benefits have been frozen. So how dare he waste over £5000 pounds of council tax payers money on a party for him and his Tory-lite Labour Party at the Floral? Has the man no shame? I only hope that all the good people of Birkenhead and Tranmere Ward remember this arrogrant, and greedy, man's incompetence and neglect come the local elections in May and send him his P45. jay744
  • Score: 9

6:17am Mon 18 Aug 14

jay744 says...

In times of national austerity. And especially when our own local Labour group have happily imposed national Tory/Liberal cuts on the poorest, and most vulnerable, in our borough. I would have expected that Phil Davis (The Labour Leader of the Council) would have cancelled the Mayor making ceremony altogether!

Ater all, the council tax payers of Wirral don't even get to elect the Mayor. It is a purely ceremonial role created as a way for our, nose in the trough, councillors to reward each other with freebies that include riding around in a nice big car and wearing a gold chain.

And the ceremonial Mayor's roles could also easily be performed by each elected councillor in their own ward, or by the leader of the council at borough level.

So it is astonishing that Phil Davis saw fit to waste over £5000 pounds of council tax payers money on such a pointless exercise as a Mayor making Ceremony!

So, as local people consider suicide over the bedroom tax, our street lights are being turned off and the special needs Lyndale school is being closed have a look at the actual figures and ask yourself is it worth re-electing Phil Davis and the Tory-lite Wirral Labour Group in next May's local elections?

These are the actual figures.

Orders Placed | Cost (£) |
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|Badges - Past Mayor and Mayoress | 884.00 |
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|Hire of Audio Visual and Public Address System | 1120.96 |
|-------------------
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|Photographer | 180.00 |
|-------------------
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|Catering | 1410.00 |
|-------------------
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|Refreshments | 146.80 |
|-------------------
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|Flowers | 80.00 |
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|Mini Bus Hire for Cauldy AirforceCadets | 52.50 |
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|Sandwich Tea for Staff | 85.50 |
|-------------------
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|Catering for Cadets | 68.40 |
|-------------------
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|Petrol | 50.00 |
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|Hire of Floral Pavilion | 775.00 |
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| Staff Costs | |
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|Chauffeurs/Mayoral Attendants | 225.40 |
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|Security Staff | 165.00 |
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|Staff Travelling Expenses | 30.00 |
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|Members’ Travelling Expenses | 35.20 |
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| | |
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|Total | 5308.76 |
+-------------------
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In times of national austerity. And especially when our own local Labour group have happily imposed national Tory/Liberal cuts on the poorest, and most vulnerable, in our borough. I would have expected that Phil Davis (The Labour Leader of the Council) would have cancelled the Mayor making ceremony altogether! Ater all, the council tax payers of Wirral don't even get to elect the Mayor. It is a purely ceremonial role created as a way for our, nose in the trough, councillors to reward each other with freebies that include riding around in a nice big car and wearing a gold chain. And the ceremonial Mayor's roles could also easily be performed by each elected councillor in their own ward, or by the leader of the council at borough level. So it is astonishing that Phil Davis saw fit to waste over £5000 pounds of council tax payers money on such a pointless exercise as a Mayor making Ceremony! So, as local people consider suicide over the bedroom tax, our street lights are being turned off and the special needs Lyndale school is being closed have a look at the actual figures and ask yourself is it worth re-electing Phil Davis and the Tory-lite Wirral Labour Group in next May's local elections? These are the actual figures. Orders Placed | Cost (£) | |------------------- -------------------- ----------------+--- -------------| |Badges - Past Mayor and Mayoress | 884.00 | |------------------- -------------------- ----------------+--- -------------| |Hire of Audio Visual and Public Address System | 1120.96 | |------------------- -------------------- ----------------+--- -------------| |Photographer | 180.00 | |------------------- -------------------- ----------------+--- -------------| |Catering | 1410.00 | |------------------- -------------------- ----------------+--- -------------| |Refreshments | 146.80 | |------------------- -------------------- ----------------+--- -------------| |Flowers | 80.00 | |------------------- -------------------- ----------------+--- -------------| |Mini Bus Hire for Cauldy AirforceCadets | 52.50 | |------------------- -------------------- ----------------+--- -------------| |Sandwich Tea for Staff | 85.50 | |------------------- -------------------- ----------------+--- -------------| |Catering for Cadets | 68.40 | |------------------- -------------------- ----------------+--- -------------| |Petrol | 50.00 | |------------------- -------------------- ----------------+--- -------------| |Hire of Floral Pavilion | 775.00 | |------------------- -------------------- ----------------+--- -------------| | Staff Costs | | |------------------- -------------------- ----------------+--- -------------| |Chauffeurs/Mayoral Attendants | 225.40 | |------------------- -------------------- ----------------+--- -------------| |Security Staff | 165.00 | |------------------- -------------------- ----------------+--- -------------| |Staff Travelling Expenses | 30.00 | |------------------- -------------------- ----------------+--- -------------| |Members’ Travelling Expenses | 35.20 | |------------------- -------------------- ----------------+--- -------------| | | | |------------------- -------------------- ----------------+--- -------------| |Total | 5308.76 | +------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ------------- jay744
  • Score: 3

9:12am Mon 18 Aug 14

WirralAl says...

Wirral Council is the hands of Steve Foul Kus wasted Millions upon Millions of our Council Tax. He was leader when so much of the disgraceful complete and utter mismanagement leading to near collapse of the local council. I find it appalling that he was even crowned Mayor.

The people of Wirral should decide who is Mayor not the dully elected who are all making a pathway for themselves and looking after their own.

Pat the Mayor on the back- You really screwed all the electorate and got away with it! He ends up as Mayor and a nice fat pension.

As for the golf! The open supposedly brought in £75,000,000 to the local economy. Where did that go? Did it really do so much for the local economy.

100 Jobs created by the contact company. The owner of that company is already in the Magical Mystical WBC bang wagon and even went to China with the council leaders so was the Golf the only reason he has supposedly created 100 temporary jobs??

This shower of nutter's are still at it left ,right and centre. They do what they want without any care or thought of actions and consequences and then wriggle their way out of it with some appalling PR crap.

They have been allowed to get away with so much no wonder they just keep putting their hands in the till to look after themselves and their own.

Nothing has changed with WBC.
Wirral Council is the hands of Steve Foul Kus wasted Millions upon Millions of our Council Tax. He was leader when so much of the disgraceful complete and utter mismanagement leading to near collapse of the local council. I find it appalling that he was even crowned Mayor. The people of Wirral should decide who is Mayor not the dully elected who are all making a pathway for themselves and looking after their own. Pat the Mayor on the back- You really screwed all the electorate and got away with it! He ends up as Mayor and a nice fat pension. As for the golf! The open supposedly brought in £75,000,000 to the local economy. Where did that go? Did it really do so much for the local economy. 100 Jobs created by the contact company. The owner of that company is already in the Magical Mystical WBC bang wagon and even went to China with the council leaders so was the Golf the only reason he has supposedly created 100 temporary jobs?? This shower of nutter's are still at it left ,right and centre. They do what they want without any care or thought of actions and consequences and then wriggle their way out of it with some appalling PR crap. They have been allowed to get away with so much no wonder they just keep putting their hands in the till to look after themselves and their own. Nothing has changed with WBC. WirralAl
  • Score: 7

9:34am Mon 18 Aug 14

smabo says...

minimad69 wrote:
Not at all surprised - the Floral is one of the Foulkesian follies of his former regime - he intended to finance it by the closure of the libraries - he likes to watch comedians but "I don't use the libraries - so what's the point of them".

I was a fan and supporter of the former Floral - but feel the new one is tainted by its association with the high-handed former regime.
Sorry mate, but that just isn't true. The two things were not related.
[quote][p][bold]minimad69[/bold] wrote: Not at all surprised - the Floral is one of the Foulkesian follies of his former regime - he intended to finance it by the closure of the libraries - he likes to watch comedians but "I don't use the libraries - so what's the point of them". I was a fan and supporter of the former Floral - but feel the new one is tainted by its association with the high-handed former regime.[/p][/quote]Sorry mate, but that just isn't true. The two things were not related. smabo
  • Score: -3

11:03am Mon 18 Aug 14

Positive thinker says...

I think the Mayor would be better thought of if he got in his own
car and didn't charge any expenses for it
I think the Mayor would be better thought of if he got in his own car and didn't charge any expenses for it Positive thinker
  • Score: 5

12:22pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Cleomenes says...

Mr bombastic say me fantastic.... You can see him with his bling doing his thang the the pimp of Wallasey town hall.
Isn`t it about time we abolished the office of mayor! less of the pomposity.
Mr bombastic say me fantastic.... You can see him with his bling doing his thang the the pimp of Wallasey town hall. Isn`t it about time we abolished the office of mayor! less of the pomposity. Cleomenes
  • Score: 6

1:17pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Llamedos 1 says...

Yet again Burgess treating us like idiots. Well Mr Burgess most of the idiots on the Wirral reside in the Clown Hall. Do you honestly think that Wirral residents fall for your ridiculous statement that 100 jobs announced at your latest jolly was anything to do with an open golf tournament......get real, resign and take you bull sh*t with you
Yet again Burgess treating us like idiots. Well Mr Burgess most of the idiots on the Wirral reside in the Clown Hall. Do you honestly think that Wirral residents fall for your ridiculous statement that 100 jobs announced at your latest jolly was anything to do with an open golf tournament......get real, resign and take you bull sh*t with you Llamedos 1
  • Score: 6

2:39pm Mon 18 Aug 14

ArdalMcFardle says...

" £32,000 of our money has been spent on wining and dining senior officers and councillors? "

Nice to know we have a Food bank for the poor put upon Councillors who continue to run WBC like a private club funded by us.

How do they get away with it ?
" £32,000 of our money has been spent on wining and dining senior officers and councillors? " Nice to know we have a Food bank for the poor put upon Councillors who continue to run WBC like a private club funded by us. How do they get away with it ? ArdalMcFardle
  • Score: 3

2:42pm Mon 18 Aug 14

bigfoot says...

"Clowns to the left of me jokers to the right" Lib Dems or CEO?
"Clowns to the left of me jokers to the right" Lib Dems or CEO? bigfoot
  • Score: 4

11:33am Tue 19 Aug 14

rover600 says...

Loving it! I'm no fan of WMBC its Councillors or Officials but the reality is there will always be a need for a ceremony for this kind of 'office' and its not exclusive to Wirral.

Question though (with my catering background I ask) what is the difference between 'Catering', 'Refreshments', 'Sandwich tea for staff' & 'Catering for Sea Cadets'? Is it not all just 'Catering'? The article makes no reference to the number of attendees (that I can see) . Numbers dependent I'd add if refreshments covers alcohol too at £146.80 this was no 'beano'....

My gut feel is the cost differential between the two venues is pretty much the Floral Pavilion charge and as everyone says the Council owns the Pavilion this is purely an in house charge allocation.

I suppose the crux of the matter is what would the difference in cost been of holding it at the Town Hall instead of at the Floral Pavilion. Whilst we must never take our eyes off this shower I'm more concerned about events like a £150k spend on vehicles to move mowers around that then aren't fit for immediate use' (no matter whose fault that is).....
Loving it! I'm no fan of WMBC its Councillors or Officials but the reality is there will always be a need for a ceremony for this kind of 'office' and its not exclusive to Wirral. Question though (with my catering background I ask) what is the difference between 'Catering', 'Refreshments', 'Sandwich tea for staff' & 'Catering for Sea Cadets'? Is it not all just 'Catering'? The article makes no reference to the number of attendees (that I can see) . Numbers dependent I'd add if refreshments covers alcohol too at £146.80 this was no 'beano'.... My gut feel is the cost differential between the two venues is pretty much the Floral Pavilion charge and as everyone says the Council owns the Pavilion this is purely an in house charge allocation. I suppose the crux of the matter is what would the difference in cost been of holding it at the Town Hall instead of at the Floral Pavilion. Whilst we must never take our eyes off this shower I'm more concerned about events like a £150k spend on vehicles to move mowers around that then aren't fit for immediate use' (no matter whose fault that is)..... rover600
  • Score: -2

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