Reading today’s Wirral Globe it seems I have come in for some anonymous criticism from someone only identified as TC of Upton over the Upton woods issue.
Clearly TC decided to write to the press criticising my actions, unaware of the role I have played in this matter, and perhaps if TC had taken the time to discover the facts, he or she would not have been so critical.
So TC, for the record: I do believe that rumours were started, perhaps to increase the value of the land, those rumours did cause distress to residents, and I make no apology for publishing that on my blog, however I did ask Council Officers to keep an eye on the situation.
As well as this It was me who insisted on Council Officers attending the auction in Manchester to support local residents; and it is because of my direct intervention that the Council’s Head of Law has agreed that the Council will carry out the legal work associated with the purchase of the land free of charge, and as the Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety I am the Council’s elected Member on the Community Fund Panel, and I gave my unconditional and total support to the bid for the shortfall in funds of £12,500 in order to ensure the purchase of the land can be completed within the 28 day timeframe. And throughout this whole process I kept Jean Robinson, who headed up the community action on this matter, fully appraised of what I was doing behind the scenes to help the community. So TC of Upton please be sure of your facts before you level unfounded criticism at someone who will always put the community first!