Derek Hatton Associates - Alex Croft - former adviser to Metro Mayor, West tree Estates Ltd Land at L8 Liverpool ?

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Dear Liverpool City Council,

Derek Hatton Associates –property developers

Alex Croft former adviser to Metro Mayor has been campaigning in Liverpool’s L8 ward trying to negotiate with a number of residents with regards to the new project known as Ducie Street, in which the Liverpool city council awarded the land and houses to “West Tree Developments.”

Many residents in Liverpool L8 were not happy with the outcome and can the Liverpool city council confirm that Alex Croft was sent to a number of meeting to calm the residents down and ask them to welcome “West tree Estates” into the community” is Alex Croft acting on behalf of the council and Derek Hatton Associates at the same time?

Alex Croft has made a few remarks that he was sent to a number of meeting in L8 and was acting for both the council and Derek Hatton and on behalf of “West tree estates Ltd, so therefor is the Liverpool city council a partner in this with “West Tree Estates ltd?
Has Cllr Barry Kushner or Cllr Alan Dean ever been involved with “West Tree Estates ltd or held any meeting with Alex Croft?
Cllr Anna Rothery - was kept informed as was Cllr Alan Dean over 2 years ago with regards to “West Tree Estates Ltd, both blanked all requests and just did not wish to be involved , so has the Liverpool city council been made aware of this matter or did these 2 councilors keep it away from the council

Yours faithfully,
Mrs. K Williams Save this city from corruption

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