Wirral Council does care what residents think

First published in Letters

IN response to a letter in Globe Mailbox on January 30 from Pat Cleary of the Green Party, I feel it is important to correct a number of entirely inaccurate statements.

Changing the current system of elections was one of over 70 budget options put forward for consultation by the council chief executive as we are forced to reduce spending by £109m over the next three years.

In December, during the public consultation process, my cabinet recommended to council a number of savings options which had no impact on front line services.

This was part of our pledge to take savings from the back office first.

This does not mean the decision is made; it is simply a recommendation which will be voted on by all 66 Councillors at the Budget Council meeting on March 5.

Quite contrary to the suggestion that this demonstrates my cabinet does not care what residents think, early analysis of the consultation results which closed on January 31 shows that 91% of the 6,200 people who responded supported a change in the election timetable to make savings.

Councillor Phil Davies, Leader of Wirral Council

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7:09pm Sat 9 Feb 13

ordinary personn says...

Um ha ha ha ha! Sorry Mr Davies but the overwhelming evidence is that the council does not care what residents think. Have you read any of the posts Globe readers make on council related stories? If you have and really care about what residents think you would not have made the Chief Exec permanent or allowed the appointment of super directors, you would have released unredacted full reports of the disgraceful behaviour at DASS, you would not have allowed officers to creep away with handouts, you would have had a full investigation into officers accepting gifts and the associated nondisclosure of said gifts, you would not be supporting Steve Foulkes for mayor, you would have made the chief exec apologise for the incorrect freedom of information data around the video - I could go on for hours but I think you get the point!
Um ha ha ha ha! Sorry Mr Davies but the overwhelming evidence is that the council does not care what residents think. Have you read any of the posts Globe readers make on council related stories? If you have and really care about what residents think you would not have made the Chief Exec permanent or allowed the appointment of super directors, you would have released unredacted full reports of the disgraceful behaviour at DASS, you would not have allowed officers to creep away with handouts, you would have had a full investigation into officers accepting gifts and the associated nondisclosure of said gifts, you would not be supporting Steve Foulkes for mayor, you would have made the chief exec apologise for the incorrect freedom of information data around the video - I could go on for hours but I think you get the point! ordinary personn
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4:41pm Wed 13 Feb 13

antisthenes says...

Davies trumpets about his responsiveness to the will of the people; as if 91% of 6200 equals is somehow a democratic mandate.

Currently the electorate of Wirral stands at 241,479 of which only 6200 responded to the flawed consultation.

So lets do the maths;

Of the potential 241,479 registered electors on Wirral only 6200 or around 2.5% responded with 91% 'endorsing' changes to election timetables.

So based on the fact that about 2% of the electorate favour his proposal he intends to enact the change.

Why not respond to the fact that 98% did not feel that the consultation had any merit and so chose as a result not to participate in what was a thinly disguised con trick.

The response I had in mind being for him and his cronies to resign.
Davies trumpets about his responsiveness to the will of the people; as if 91% of 6200 equals is somehow a democratic mandate. Currently the electorate of Wirral stands at 241,479 of which only 6200 responded to the flawed consultation. So lets do the maths; Of the potential 241,479 registered electors on Wirral only 6200 or around 2.5% responded with 91% 'endorsing' changes to election timetables. So based on the fact that about 2% of the electorate favour his proposal he intends to enact the change. Why not respond to the fact that 98% did not feel that the consultation had any merit and so chose as a result not to participate in what was a thinly disguised con trick. The response I had in mind being for him and his cronies to resign. antisthenes
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9:54pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Hugo1008 says...

When a poll was carried out to see if the population of Wirral wanted an elected Mayor.

The returns indicated by a substantial majority that yes we wanted to position of Mayor to be decided by the electorate.

Steve Foulkes and the deeply disgraced corrupt Labour Cabinet decided that as the total returns were not enough in numbers they would reject this as not being representative of the population.

Now Phil Davies, wants the Council to honour this person who demonstrated that he has no idea what a democratic vote means, if it jumped out and bit him.

Now Phil Davies why not ask the population if Steve Foulkes should be given the position of importance within Wirral Council.

You have not got the bottle to face a real truth, you know it and we know it and hopefully when the time comes it will be seen as obvious.
When a poll was carried out to see if the population of Wirral wanted an elected Mayor. The returns indicated by a substantial majority that yes we wanted to position of Mayor to be decided by the electorate. Steve Foulkes and the deeply disgraced corrupt Labour Cabinet decided that as the total returns were not enough in numbers they would reject this as not being representative of the population. Now Phil Davies, wants the Council to honour this person who demonstrated that he has no idea what a democratic vote means, if it jumped out and bit him. Now Phil Davies why not ask the population if Steve Foulkes should be given the position of importance within Wirral Council. You have not got the bottle to face a real truth, you know it and we know it and hopefully when the time comes it will be seen as obvious. Hugo1008
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