In his letter to Mr Brokenshire, Cllr Phil Davies wrote that the housing target was incorrect and called for acceptance that the ONS figures more accurately reflect the real housing needs for Wirral.
He said: “We always believed these numbers were wrong and pledged to fight them on behalf of Wirral residents.
“Labour Councillors told us residents from Pensby to Prenton and Bebington to Bromborough were ‘up in arms’ about these house building numbers and the threat they presented to Wirral’s Green Belt – I’m delighted the Office for national Statistics has also taken that opinion.
“We now need the secretary of state to accept his national formula was – as one local paper called it – “a cock up” – and confirm he too accepts the ONS number as the basis for our Local Plan”
Kind of speechless. The HH projections are objectives nothing to do with what ONS thinks about Green Belt in Wirral. I agree though the formula was a cock up – mainly because it assumes people will move en mass from places like Wirral to places like Greenwich, so Wirral’s number shroud be much higher. But that has nothing to do with the household projections! The formula was of course based on ONS figures, so if the ONS cocked up why trust them as guardians of the Wirral Green Belt? This is intellectual incoherence and thinking (or very little thinking) out load.
Truly does he know about planning or is he just a bruiser trying to pick a fight irrespective of the facts or his officer’s briefings He might also read the health warning in the numbers which explains why they arn’t a measure of need but a carrying forward of past (bad) trends which need to change and be changed by council leaders with courage to tackle the housing crisis ( trends including Nimby council leaders like him preventing enough homes being built by maintaining too tight a Green Belt and preventing his constituents getting onto the housing ladder – at wild variance with his own party’s policy on Green Belt and house building.)
As the ONS says
Now Mr Davis which of the below applies:
- you havent read the above provisos
- you have read them but didn’t understand them
- you have read them but think the ONS is wrong – in which case yoou think people coach surfing and living in overcrowded homes dont deserve one if they live near Nimbys who complain to you. But you do of course think the ONS are right in other regards including threat they have a mandate to distort statistics to save the Wirral Green Belt (BTW they dont)
It has to be one of the above Mr Davis, but I very much doubt you understand this, you would much rather pick a fight.
Much like when you vomited out every Green Belt site however stupid in a consultation without any assessment or strategy or recommendation for the cycnical reason it would cause public outrage – vomiting is very unpleasant to see. No leadership or positivity here to get a plan through with the best (or least worst). Again you would rather biovate and issue press releases than roll up you sleeves and get on with it. You are the only leader in the whole of the UK picking a fight on your local plan now, is everyone else right and you are wrong? Why are Wirral such poor performers on the local plan and haven’t moved forward in the long time, eternity you have been leader.
Try looking in the mirror. You fight miltants and hard leftists in Wirral but in your media palybook – its straight Dereck Hatton, picking a fight for fights sake you cant win