The Post described this as a 'dramatic intervention' - while less kind souls would say that he's finally read the report on which he had been meaningfully consulted only a few days ago. He may have conned Patrick Burns into making a puff piece for Midlands Today, but reality has dawned in the shallow end of the council leadership. Whitby will renegotiate the deal and get a better one!
Any quote received three months ago needs to be torn up and thrown away. We are in a different environment where the power of purchasing gives the public sector an advantageRight. Except that there is no quote, because there are no plans outside of Whitby's mind. And in any case, I would hope that this would go out to tender, not just to asking for three quotes from local builders Bodgett & Scarper, some bloke down the pub and a mate of a mate who does a bit of DIY. I still think that it is a lot to ask to get two new suburban pools and a 50m competition venue for the £30 million currently available.
Meanwhile, Ray Hassall - possibly a Lib Dem, possibly a Conservative, depending on whether you trust the BBC - added that
there were no plans to save money by closing poolsWhile a council spokesperson was a little less certain
The planning really hasn’t got to that stage yet,” said Shahid Naqvi. “We’re just looking at the feasibility of several options.”
The operative word here is yet.
The only real plan here is, as the Post pointed out last week, to keep a stream of stories flowing, regardless of whether any of them come to fruition.