UPDATE: The Sail meeting
FINALLY managed to get the decision of the economic and regeneration scrutiny committee special meeting held last night at Wallasey town hall to discuss the Sail Project in West Kirby.
For more background, see previous blog post below.
Labour and Lib-Dems had walked out saying the meeting could not affect the decision taken by the cabinet last month to press on with the scheme. The remaining Conservative members insisted the meeting was valid because it allowed members of the public to express their views on the issue.
Whoever, was right, the committee had to go into a private session and members of the press and public had to leave.
However, for what it's worth, the committee resolved:
(1) That this Committee believes consultation has been inadequate, insufficient and not properly reported.
(2) This Committee advises Cabinet to go back to the start in looking at how to replace the Marine Centre with an up to date facility.
(3) This Committee does not believe that the parking problems for public, traders and lake users can be met by the present plans and the effect will be to damage the economy of West Kirby.
(4) This Committee believes that the maximum number of parking spaces should be retained at Dee Lane car park and that the lake users' car park be maintained for the use of the lake users and those associated with them.
(5) Looking at the financial arrangements on offer at the start of the process and the end of the process this Committee believes that the scheme no longer represents value for money nor has been subject to financial competition.
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