Dear Halton Borough Council, (HBC)

Due to the liquidation of Halton Borough Transport Ltd (HBT) this year (2020).
What financial loss in total, been taken by HBC council tax payers.
What amount of money was granted, loaned, invested etc. between 2010 and 2020 by HBC.
Which Councillors have been Directors between 2010 and 2020.
When was HBC appointed a Directorship.
Has the land used by HBT to park buses, adjacent to the HBC offices in Widnes, been marked for future office development.

Yours faithfully,

James A Owen

Halton Borough Council

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Dear Mr Owen

 

Many thanks for your Freedom of Information request. Please find below the
answers to your questions.

 

Due to the liquidation of Halton Borough Transport Ltd (HBT) this year
(2020).
1. What financial loss in total, been taken by HBC council tax payers?.

Answer - The Liquidators (Alvarez & Marsal LLP) are still undertaking
their work to wind-up the affairs of Halton Borough Transport Limited.
Until they have completed this work and distributed any remaining assets
to the Company’s creditors, it is not possible to determine whether there
will be any loss to the Council.

2. What amount of money was granted, loaned, invested etc. between 2010
and 2020 by HBC?

Answer - The Council provided Halton Borough Transport Limited with a
£100,000 loan debenture in 2013 repayable over 7 years at a commercial
rate of interest. In 2019 a further £750,000 loan debenture repayable over
10 years was provided at a commercial rate of interest and secured against
the Company’s assets.

3. Which Councillors have been Directors between 2010 and 2020.

Answer – the Register of Directors is now held by the Liquidators. The
information regarding all Directors is available via the Companies House
website. Listed below are the Councillors who have been Directors during
the period 2010 and 2020;

Councillor                    Date Appointed           Date Resigned

Keith Morley                August 2005                September 2011

Keith Morley                May 2012                    To Date

Andrew MacManus    June 2012                   To Date

Mike Wharton              September 2006         To Date

Geoff Zygadllo            October 2015              To Date

Bob Bryant                  November 2010          September 2011

John Gerrard              October 2011              May 2012

Stan Hill                       October 2015              May 2016

Mike Hodgkinson        October 2011              May 2012

Ged Philbin                 September 2009         May 2012

John Stockton             April 2014                    October 2015

Kevan Wainwright       October 2004              October 2015

Andrea Wall                October 2015              May 2017

Pamela Wallace          October 2007              July 2015

Bill Woolfall                 February 2015            October 2015

Philip Worrall               September 2006         October 2010

4. When was HBC appointed a Directorship.

Answer – 1986 when the Company was formed.

5. Has the land used by HBT to park buses, adjacent to the HBC offices in
Widnes, been marked for future office development.

Answer - The land in Caldwell Road is owned by the Council and was leased
to Halton Borough Transport Limited for the parking of buses. There are no
plans as yet for the future use of the land.

 

Many thanks

Ed Dawson

 

Operational Director, Finance

Halton Borough Council, 6^th Floor, Municipal Building, Kingsway, Widnes,
Cheshire, WA87QF

 

 

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Due to the liquidation of Halton Borough Transport Ltd (HBT) this year
(2020).
What financial loss in total, been taken by HBC council tax payers.
What amount of money was granted, loaned, invested etc. between 2010 and
2020 by HBC.
Which Councillors have been Directors between 2010 and 2020.
When was HBC appointed a Directorship.
Has the land used by HBT to park buses, adjacent to the HBC offices in
Widnes, been marked for future office development.

Yours faithfully,

James A Owen

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