Misinformation, Obfuscation & Refusal To Supply Information - Tarmacademy

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Dear Liverpool City Council,
Below are 19 statements made by Liverpool City Council[ in council docs]concerning the 'collaboration' between LCC and Kings Construction / Tarmacademy to deliver a training centre, employing 26 staff and providing 'training, apprenticeships and employment opportunities for up to a 1000 young people from Liverpool over 5 years.'[ There are also 6 media articles [not enclosed] with comprehensive statements made by Mayor Anderson concerning the Tarmacademy 'collaboration']
The evidence for this is overwhelming and irrefutable. And yet sometime after the Delegated Authority Report – PAMS 67 / 16 – 21/10/ 2016 - the whole Tarmacademy 'collaboration' was quietly dropped. This did not stop the Council, however, continuing to buy land to 'rent' to Kings Construction.
As £4.2 million of taxpayers money has been spent on land acquisition, and the Tarmacademy was inextricably linked to the acquisition of most of this land - please supply the following information
[1] Please supply the council document that shows when the Tarmacademy 'collaboration' was cancelled and the reasons for the cancellation
[2] Please supply all information that shows the reasons why the council continued to advantage Kings Construction by giving them land [probably rent-free] when there is no Tarmacademy
[3] Please supply all information that would indicate why the council misinformed the public in relation to Tarmacademy in FOI's and also in the press:

A spokesman for Liverpool Council said - Liverpool Echo [03/05/2020] - "There was no agreed specification in terms of the quality of the facility that King Construction was to provide.’ –UNTRUE

[4] Please supply all information that would indicate why both Kings Construction and Tarmacademy [that has always been a Dormant company/ as well as Liverpool Highways Academy] - Mark Doyle......both deny all knowledge of the LCC 'Tarmacademy 'collaboration

According to the Liverpool Echo [03/05/2020] – ‘A spokesman for King Construction said they were not associated with the academy project’. UNTRUE

[5] Please supply all information that would indicate why this alleged cover-up should not be given to the police to investigate.

EVIDENCE
Cabinet Meeting / Friday, 11 December 2015 / Agenda – item 4. Mayoral Recommendations
Reports Pack
[1] The Council has been working collaboratively with Kings Construction to establish a new training centre focused around construction to provide better training and employments opportunities. Tarmacademy (Liverpool) Limited is a newly formed company (by Kings Construction) which has been specifically established to deliver the training centre.
[2] The Tarmacademy facility will provide training, apprenticeship and
employment opportunities for local people, especially those in North Liverpool,
in a working environment not currently available in the City. The proposal is to
support 1000 trainees from unemployment into jobs and apprenticeships over
a five year period.
[3] The Council has been investigating suitable accommodation for such a facility
and will work with Kings Construction to further develop a sustainable
business plan and secure a suitable site..............
[4] Kings Construction approached the Council earlier in the year regarding the
problems they were experiencing in recruiting qualified staff who have the
necessary construction skills, experience and qualifications/certificates,
particularly in relation to the civil engineering and utility service field.
[5] Kings proposal is to create a training centre to offer the necessary
qualifications (e.g. NVQ’s in Highway skills and reinstatement) together with
the necessary certification (i.e. NRSWA cards and CSCS cards etc.) to enable
trainees (and in particular the unemployed) from the local Liverpool area to be
ready for employment with local businesses (including Kings) that need to
recruit qualified staff.
[6] The centre will provide training that is not available in the North West with a
focus on quality of skills delivered and also hands on experience of working
with the materials and equipment in realist work environments.
[7] Kings have established a stand-alone company, Tarmacademy (Liverpool)
Limited to deliver and run the training centre. The Council’s Adult Learning
Service has been working alongside Kings and Tarmacademy to establish the
facility as a provider of training to the highways infrastructure sector.
[8] The training centre will include areas for highway construction and civil
engineering and plant and specialist skills such as drainage and frame and
cover replacement for Utilities. Initially Tarmacademy will operate from
Modular buildings providing accommodation for classrooms, exam rooms, IT
suites, changing areas and office space for the admin and tutor team............
[9] The plan is for the modular building to be replaced with permanent buildings
for the training area over time and subject to planning provide a permanent
building capable of serving up to 60 trainees at any one time.
[10]The initial capital investment by Tarmacademy and Cemex is c. £2.320m.
[11]The Tarmacademy will also create approximately 25 new jobs for trainers and
admin but will offer traineeships and then apprenticeships and training in the
civil engineering and highway surfacing sectors. The proposal is to support
1000 trainees from unemployment into jobs and apprenticeships over a five
year period. In addition, the proposal is that as trainees develop a certain skill
level that they be used to work alongside Kings Construction in undertaking specific works for the Council, with the works being proposed to be provided at cost price.
[12] Not to assist Kings Construction and thereby Tarmacademy and Cemex to
negotiate with land owners of suitable land. This would result in the loss of a
new construction training facility
[13 ] Delegated Authority Report – Tarmacademy – Site acq. –08/07/ 2016 – PAMS 40 / 16
The Tarmacademy Construction Training Centre, Cabinet report of the 11th Dec 2015 granted authority for property acquisitions to be undertaken.............of suitable sites to house a new training..........
[14] That the Council acquire the land and warehouse at Brunswick Place.........to assist with the provision of a new training .......
[15] Reasons for DECISIONS:- ..........the Council will purchase the land ............and lease the land to King Construction to deliver the Tarmacademy..................
[16] Alternative options considered and rejected – Not to purchase the site – this would result in the non-delivery of the Tarmacademy facility, and the site would not be used for training...............
[17] Delegated Authority Report – PAMS 67 / 16 – 21/10/ 2016
The Tarmacademy Construction Training Centre, Cabinet report of the 11th Dec 2015 granted authority for property acquisitions to be undertaken.............of suitable sites to house a new training..........
[18] Background – The Council has agreed with the seller..............in order to secure the site and lease the land to Kings Construction to deliver the Tarmacademy training facility..............The income received from the leasing of this second site will be the rental from Tarmacademy [a company set up by Kings Construction] of £50,000 per annum
[19] Alternative options considered and rejected – Not to purchase the site – this would result in the non-delivery of the Tarmacademy facility, and the site would not be used for training...............

Yours faithfully,

Josie Mullen

Liverpool City Council

 
Dear Josie Mullen
 
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Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 4 December
2020 concerning Dear Liverpool City Council,
Below are 19 statements made by Liverpool City Council[ in council
docs]concerning the 'collaboration' between LCC and Kings Construction
/Tarmacademy to deliver a training centre, employing 26 staff and
providing 'training, apprenticeships and employment opportunities for up
to a 1000 young people from Liverpool over 5 years.'[ There are also 6
media articles [not enclosed] with comprehensive statements made by Mayor
Anderson concerning the Tarmacademy 'collaboration']
The evidence for this is overwhelming and irrefutable. And yet sometime
after the Delegated Authority Report - PAMS 67 / 16 - 21/10/ 2016 - the
whole Tarmacademy 'collaboration' was quietly dropped. This did not stop
the Council, however, continuing to buy land to 'rent' to Kings
Construction.
As £4.2 million of taxpayers money has been spent on land acquisition, and
the Tarmacademy was inextricably linked to the acquisition of most of this
land - please supply the following information
[1] Please supply the council document that shows when the Tarmacademy
'collaboration' was cancelled and the reasons for the cancellation
[2] Please supply all information that shows the reasons why the council
continued to advantage Kings Construction by giving them land [probably
rent-free] when there is no Tarmacademy
[3] Please supply all information that would indicate why the council
misinformed the public in relation to Tarmacademy in FOI's and also in the
press:

A spokesman for Liverpool Council said - Liverpool Echo [03/05/2020] -
"There was no agreed specification in terms of the quality of the facility
that King Construction was to provide.' -UNTRUE

[4] Please supply all information that would indicate why both Kings
Construction and Tarmacademy [that has always been a Dormant company/ as
well as Liverpool Highways Academy] - Mark Doyle......both deny all
knowledge of the LCC 'Tarmacademy 'collaboration

According to the Liverpool Echo [03/05/2020] - 'A spokesman for King
Construction said they were not associated with the academy project'.
UNTRUE

[5] Please supply all information that would indicate why this alleged
cover-up should not be given to the police to investigate.

EVIDENCE
Cabinet Meeting / Friday, 11 December 2015 / Agenda - item 4. Mayoral
Recommendations
Reports Pack
[1] The Council has been working collaboratively with Kings Construction
to establish a new training centre focused around construction to provide
better training and employments opportunities. Tarmacademy (Liverpool)
Limited is a newly formed company (by Kings Construction) which has been
specifically established to deliver the training centre.
[2] The Tarmacademy facility will provide training, apprenticeship and
employment opportunities for local people, especially those in North
Liverpool,
in a working environment not currently available in the City. The proposal
is to
support 1000 trainees from unemployment into jobs and apprenticeships over
a five year period.
[3] The Council has been investigating suitable accommodation for such a
facility
and will work with Kings Construction to further develop a sustainable
business plan and secure a suitable site..............
[4] Kings Construction approached the Council earlier in the year
regarding the
problems they were experiencing in recruiting qualified staff who have the
necessary construction skills, experience and qualifications/certificates,
particularly in relation to the civil engineering and utility service
field.
[5] Kings proposal is to create a training centre to offer the necessary
qualifications (e.g. NVQ's in Highway skills and reinstatement) together
with
the necessary certification (i.e. NRSWA cards and CSCS cards etc.) to
enable
trainees (and in particular t
 
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Dear Liverpool City Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Liverpool City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Misinformation, Obfuscation & Refusal To Supply Information - Tarmacademy'.

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I note that many FOIs [sometimes quite complex] have been responded to within days or weeks, and yet this FOI request has not been answered . Please investigate why LCC seem to pick and choose who they respond to in a timely fashion. There seems to be no logic in LCC's procedures. Responses do not seem to be predicated on the dates the requests are sent, nor on the complexity of the request.
I am sending a copy of all my outstanding FOI's to the City Solicitor.
I would appreciate a response to this FOI as soon as possible.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/m...

Yours faithfully,

Josie Mullen

Information Requests, Liverpool City Council

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Dear Ms Mullen

 

Please see attached our response to your information request.

 

We thank you for your patience and understanding whilst Liverpool City
Council, in common with other public authorities is currently dealing
with, responding to, and affected by the current public health emergency
arising from Coronavirus which, in accordance with emergency legislation,
has meant that our staff are being diverted to maintain essential services
for the residents of Liverpool during this current public health
emergency.

 

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Dear Information Requests,
I see that nothing has changed in Liverpool City Council in spite of the Max Caller report, which clearly shows an authority incapable of running the city. A City Council that has been financially run into the ground by ex Mayor Anderson and his cronies
NOT ONCE IN ANY FOI RESPONSE HAS THE COUNCIL EXPLAINED WHY £4.2 MILLION HAS BEEN SPENT TO ADVANTAGE KING CONSTRUCTION AND CEMEX....AND YET TARMACADEMY.....THE REASON FOR THE WHOLE VENTURE WAS QUIETLY AND PURPOSEFULLY DROPPED.
This was supposed to be an Invest To Earn initiative.......and yet £4.2 million borrowed and only £50,000 per year coming back to the council via CEMEX rent.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yours sincerely,

Josie Mullen