New Furniture to Wirral Council Town Hall

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

With regard to a recent order / orders for furniture, please provide a full, detailed inventory of all new equipment, furniture, fittings, fixtures, goods and items already installed or planned to be installed into the offices or the associated domestic, communal areas of the Town Hall building, Brighton Street, in the period of time between December 1st 2013 and today's date.

Please identify the job title of the person filling in, signing off and making the order(s).

Please identify the name and job title of the person(s) who expressed a need for the goods and items and who are the original source of the order(s). Presumably the order(s) were placed to fulfil a stated 'need' and to make direct use of the goods and items in the future. As this may be a very senior person, the public interest in full transparency outweighs the public interest in covering it up. I'm sure the "Improvement" Board would fully concur with this.

Please identify the name of the company and/or companies who
fulfilled the order and delivered the goods and items to the
offices, domestic and communal areas, Town Hall, Brighton Street.

Please identify the costs attached to each of the items included in all of the relevant orders and identify also a total figure for all of the goods and items delivered.

In order to preserve personal privacy, please do not identify the names of any of the junior individuals involved, below Chief Officer level. Senior persons attract a far greater degree of public interest given the following public statement, issued by CEO Graham Burgess, as recently as last year:

"We therefore need to spend less on ourselves in order to help mitigate the impact of the cuts on our most vulnerable

Yours faithfully,

Paul Cardin

john hardaker left an annotation ()

Go for the throat Paul I hope you get an answer

Casey Jones left an annotation ()

What's going on in the Town Hall will be chicken feed compared to what's happening in Cheshire Lines.

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Stefan Ellis left an annotation ()

I have just tried to download the file and all I got was a large white cross! Not sure if I have been blown a kiss...or something worse.

Paul Cardin left an annotation ()

They've sent it as a .tif file, which is basically the kind of picture format that professional photographers use.

Here's the full text...

"The council can confirm in response to your queries, 16 work station desk units were delivered and set up in the Town Hall - to accommodate additional staff in the Town Hall.

This is part of the plan to maximise staff occupancy in the Town Hall and in turn form part of the progress of having fewer buildings and generating revenue savings and in some cases, capital receipts.

The cost was £3,500.

Other equipment delivered was emergency evacuation equipment to assist disabled staff to evacuate the building in an emergency, at a cost of £3,357.

Furniture was supplied by Jenkinsons..."

(NOTE BY ME: ***Jenkinsons also provided Burgess's HQ furniture not long after he arrived and spent £2,001 of our cash doing the place up***) SEE LINK:.....)

"...It was ordered by the Head of Facilities Management at the request of the Head of Asset Management/Universal Services. The approval for the office rationalisation process, which will continue over the next eighteen months/two years was given at Cabinet 7.11.13."