Labour’s February decision to preserve Guinea Gap is confirmed – amid predicted Tory propaganda claims

Republished 1st July 2010 – our prediction being absolutely dead right!

Yes, just as we predicted on 24th, an increasingly lonely ‘Tory’ Councillor is now peddling a propaganda sheet claiming that the Tories did it! 

You just couldn’t make it up could you?

 
 
 

Cllr Darren Dodd spectacularly captured Liscard Ward in May. He is now campaigning for the whole of Wirral to save LABOUR'S free swimming for Wirral. The Cameron Tory/Liberal 'ConDem' government has announced it intends to scrap free swimming

Our advice is to take the Tory propaganda with a big pinch of salt and sign up immediately to the All Wirral on-line petition organised by dynamic new Liscard Labour Councillor Darren Dodd – to make sure the Tories don’t renege on the Labour decision they have just been forced to endorse.

Just click onto:

 http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-free-swimming-in-wirral/signatures.html

Then please pass it on to all of your friends.

 

ORIGINAL – 24th June 2010

At the time of placing this post the new Con-Dem Cabinet consisting of the Wirral Tory Group and its Liberal crutch is meeting in the Town Hall. 

We predict – and how wonderful it would be to be wrong – that the Wirral public will once more be presented with classical Tory propaganda.  We suspect they will claim that THEY brought Guinea Gap Baths out of the risk of closure and that they did it today. 

But we’re used to Tory propaganda aren’t we?  So here’s what really happened:

At the February Cabinet meeting Labour was still in power with Liberal support.  (The Liberals hadn’t joined the Tories at that point.)  This is what Labour had already decided in February:

“In considering Guinea Gap Baths Cabinet notes that the original decision was to provide for Guinea Gap Baths to remain open while the potential for alternative schemes as part of a longer term waterfront development was explored.  (Note – this was not about closing the baths but keeping them open whilst awaiting the possiblity of new ones!) The impact of the recession on private sector development now makes this a much more distant possibility.  Cabinet therefore asks the Director of Law HR and Asset Management to bring a report to Cabinet which will allow the Cabinet to restore the funding of Guinea Gap to the base budget when the current funding runs out.”

In other words because it now seemed unlikely that a new baths was any longer on the cards Guinea Gap was to continue exactly as before.   All the Tories and Liberals have to do this evening is to confirm the decision Labour made in February – before the Con-Dems entered into their collaboration – and not change it.

What’s the betting they’ll claim they saved it, and they saved it today? 

Watch this space tomorrow.

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Comments

  1. In all fairness, The Director of Law, HR & Asset Management DID only report back to cabinet today.

    It really took them that long to produce a report that says “Guinea Gap Baths needs £640k a year to run, the area is worse off without it. Can we have the money please?”

    I have no doubt that either coalition would have made the most of saving this important local asset (in all senses of the word).

    That the baths is being saved at all should be congratulated rather than exploited. SPOT ON INNIEBEAR – EXACTLY OUR POINT.

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