Council budget reports are incomprehensible?

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see the link above.

Not surprised by this story as I have often wondered why Council documents in general and budget papers in particular are so complicated. I realise that they are built upon ever changing rules and guidance laid down by Governments but what hope do Joe and Jane Public really have of being able to hold their local authority to account?

Jargon, ‘Council speak’ and language only understandable to accountants and solicitors often dominates such documents and I know as a councillor that in depth reviews of such paperwork needs a lot of questions answering to make much progress.

Chances are though that things will only get more complicated because knowledge is power; the more understandable a matter is the more those in power run the risk of folk really finding out where their money is spent!

Liverpool – This one is in the beggars belief category!

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above.


This piece of land has been a wasteland for quite a while. No wonder the Council wanted it tidied up, especially with it being in such a prominent spot. In fact it was pleasing to see how it had been sorted out when the Giants came to Liverpool. Believe it or not this now grassed over area is underneath thousands of folks in my photo above.

Well done Liverpool City Council and don’t be so daft Langtree, it does you no favours. Indeed, this kind of response only gives developers a bad reputation.

Liverpool Echo – Old Litherland social club could have collapsed after second fire in just over a month

The Echo has the story – see link above.

Whilst it looks nothing like as good as it would have done back in the day, it is sad to see an old building like this being destroyed by fire especially if the two recent fires were started deliberately. But what struck me was the building’s link to the Leeds Liverpool canal.

The Echo says – The three-storey Victorian house was previously occupied by the chief engineer of Leeds and Liverpool Canal Company.

The effect the the canal had on helping to develop the local economy in Bootle, Litherland, Ford, Netherton, Aintree Village, Melling, Maghull & Lydiate can never be underestimated.

Southport Airshow 2014

Some nice shots via the two links above from the Liverpool Echo and the Flickr site of George C1.

I used to go to this show every year but have not been for 2 or 3 years. The weather was great for it yesterday and it looks set for another nice day today.

Here’s a link to a shot I took at the 2006 Southport Airshow:-

This show draws thousands of folk to the North West’s best seaside resort and the vast expanse of sand is perfect for such an event. Now if only the rail links east and north from/to Southport were better people would be able to get to the Town more easily! Oops, on soap box again!!