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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

The Tri Borough. Stormy waters ahead according to Financial Times

The Dame is concerned about the railroading of the Tri Borough arrangement presented to K&C councillors-and thus residents/taxpayers as a 'fait accompli'. If a public company it would have been put to shareholders. The implications for residents- if it goes wrong- (and the portents are not encouraging) are serious in the extreme. Time for residents to react, to question and remember that K&C have just burnt nearly a million of your money on Chelsea Care.

left: London guru Travers...casting grave doubts

This is what the FT had to say....

Top Local Governance expert at the LSE, Professor Tony Traver
has issued a bleak warning of the political risks associated with the Myers/Cockell plan to get into bed with hard man leader of Hammersmith & Fulham, Stephen Greenhalgh. Speaking to Bob Sherwood of the Financial Times he instanced a frightening scenario whereby H&F is regained by Labour: not an unlikely scenario considering it was Labour for two decades. Travers said such a shift of power might not make the Tri Borough plan inoperable but there are more immediate potential problems ahead. One was the vast cultural gap between the councillors of the two Boroughs. Defining the difference Travers pointed out that K&C councillors have "always been very different creatures" to those of H&F and Westminster, who were seen as "more mainstream businesslike boroughs aggressive in pursuing a low council tax policy". Clearly under Cockell the thrust was to fritter as much money as possible on schemes such as the £27 million Exhibition Rd; millions on Holland Park Opera and the many other examples of ego projects such as Holland Park School.
He went on to say that a Chief Executive "will have to be sensitive to the different approaches in different Boroughs". Reading between the lines Travers seems to be hinting at the fact that councillors at K&C, the Leader and Cabinet, get paid substantially more than their less grand colleagues in H&F! Mind you, the Dame understands that Greenhalgh has been invited for spins in the £115k Bentley as Mr Myers would say, 'to save taxi fares'

On a more serious note the Professor cautions that K&C councillors will need to be aware of the impact that stretched services will have on their electoral success. Pooled services will inevitably lead to a degrading of services.

Professor Travers ended by warning that would be trouble ahead if councillors perceived that they were not getting services tailored to their areas.


  1. WASP said...

    Hammersmith Officers have been given most of the top jobs. Greenelagh has run rings around K&C negotiators. In a cunning move, Hammersmith has appointed the K&C CEO as "joint CEO" of the merged K&C and Hammersmith organisation. But Mr Myers will have separate annual appraisals by K&C and Hammersmith. He is on three months notice from Hammersmith but the contract terms with K&C is open ended. Guess who will control Myers???

    In the meantime Westminster is standing back. It seems they want none of it

    25 October 2011 19:26

  2. All rsidents with children at schools in the Borough, and all residents receiving Adult Social Care, need to watch out

    The standards of service will nosedive.

    And costs (and therefore Council Tax) will escalate too. These jumbo mergers never work.

    Council tax payers - watch out

    25 October 2011 19:31

  3. Anonymous said...

    The three Boroughs spend about £2 billion every year. Savings from merging the three organisations are projected to be ca £20 million. Insignificant in terms of the turnover.

    But the risks are huge

    25 October 2011 19:28

  4. It would have been good if they had asked the people who actually employ them what we would like to do...then again why more not treat us with the usual contempt! They always seem to get away with it? Who are they actually answerable to and is it legal?

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