This afternoon I have been looking through hundreds of emails between Officers of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) and Officers of Wirral Borough Council WBC) which have been released after an FOI request.
All the emails relate to the desire of MFRS to close Upton and West Kirby Fire Stations and build a new one, originally in Greasby, but now proposed on Green Belt/Urban Green Space in Saughall Massie.
Lots of interesting reading some suggesting land swaps between MFRS and WBC others talking of planning policy restrictions on the site WBC have offered and that MFRS want. Seems WBC acquired the land from MFRS for its new youth hub (The Hive) in Birkenhead, on what is described as a ‘peppercorn rent’.
I am beginning to wonder if there is a quid pro quo?