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Well done to Globe for lifting lid on council
11:57am Tuesday 9th October 2012 in Letters
WELL done your reporters Geoff Barnes and Leigh Marles (Colas contract); Stephanie Cureton (Freebies); and Leigh Marles again (Marine lake) for telling us some real examples of our council's incompetence.
Whatever the shortcomings of the council's employees, we should be in no doubt that it is with the elected councillors that the responsibility lies. We put them in there in order, amongst other things, to monitor the work of council officers.
I guess that the mismanagement by Wirral Borough Council in many ways replicates that of central government: weak, unknowledgable MPs /local councillors fail to get to grips with the issues and rely too much on what they are told by senior civil servants /local government chief officers.
Consultants are turned to too readily; consultants do not make decisions; they provide a means for procrastination.
We have, or should have, managers skilled in their particular professions and they should be made to perform their duties without the crutch of consultants' reports.
Then, ministers / councillors should bring their commonsense and intelligence to bear on what they are told so that good, well thought out decisions may be made.
Charles Picken by email.