Last night Maghull’s Amenities Committee met and on the agenda was an item about providing a skateboarding facility for local youngsters or more to the point not providing one.
The eyebrow raising moments were threefold. Firstly, the report to the meeting said ‘the Council have decided not to progress this project due to the costs involved’. Secondly, what a huge letdown for local youngsters who have long campaigned for such a facility. Thirdly, what’s all this about no money?
THE COUNCIL IS AWASH WITH HORDED TAXPAYER’S MONEY
Now let’s look at this carefully; the costs first. I don’t know how many times Cllr. Blackburn and I have pointed out to the comrades who run the Council that a decent skateboard facility would cost in the region of £30,000 to £50,000. Had they taken this advice on board they would not be suffering from feigned ‘shock’ now they have found out that such a facility will cost around such figures! BUT, what’s this about the implication that it will cost so much that the Council can’t afford it? The Council, as I have said before, is awash with money – £250,000 in spare cash and counting back in January when the 2012/13 budget was set! So it’s not shortage of money that is blocking the project no matter what Labour says.
YOUNGSTERS PROMISED THE EARTH THEN DROPPED ONCE THEIR PARENTS HAD TROTTED OUT TO VOTE LABOUR
Then we move onto the promises made to local youngsters, promises that are clearly being chucked in the bin. Maghull’s young people will have every right to be angry with Labour stringing them along only to ditch them when their parents have just trotted out to vote Labour only last week. The report, by the way, was posted out to councillors and arrived on Election Day – talk about trying to bury bad news!
MORE DECISIONS MADE IN SECRET
But what about that quote (above) from the Clerk’s Report to the Amenities Committee? You see it clearly points to a decision being already made. But who made it, when did they make it and behind which closed doors was it made? Shades of the recent secret co-option to the Town Council of a new Labour member with no one knowing what was going on. At the meeting, I am told, that Labour said the report was wrong only for a Council officer to tell the Committee that what had been printed had been dictated to them – by a Labour member!!!!
The problem behind all this is that Labour feel they are untouchable at present and politicians who feel the electorate will back them no matter what they do are dangerous people indeed. Their arrogance will eventually trip them up but how many more bad decisions will have been made behind Labour’s closed doors by then?