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Friday, 30 January 2015


This week in the Southport Champion newspaper Ainsdale Conservative councillors, Ted Hartill and his boss Cllr Terry Jones, are promoting themselves, above others, before the election with alleged ‘facts’ that deserve an honest response.

In this 2015 newspaper article the two Ainsdale Tories make lofty claims that are inaccurate and misleading. They say they are disgusted with One Vision who promised to repair Ainsdale Park “fifteen months ago”.

This is odd because the Southport Visiter reported back in ’13 November, 2012’ that an 11 year old girl was delighted to find out her campaign to save this park had been ‘successful’. The article clearly stated that plans to build on the land had been ‘scrapped’.  That girl was in fact my daughter Jasmine.

Jasmine and her mum had campaigned hard to raise awareness over the threat to the park, written press letters and collected many signatures on a petition as well. This was all acknowledged in the newspaper.

I recall that apart from an initial meeting there was very little concern or action about the threat from these two Tories at that time.

So, dates/facts are wrong and they have conveniently side-lined the efforts of others. Are we ‘that’ surprised? In reality one could be forgiven for asking where exactly these Tories have been hiding since One Vision building plans were scrapped so long ago back in 2012. Does it really take them this long to tackle One Vision and highlight the issue?

Although campaigners were delighted about building plans being scrapped in 2012, Cllr Hartill shows how out of touch he is with reality in the latest article when he claims

“Yet here we are  in 2015, fifteen months later and the park is in a worse state than before.” 

Earlier in the Champion article Cllr Jones stated incorrectly that building plans were scrapped in “2013.”  Clearly, these claims were not in concurrence with the accurate press reports over Cherry Road Park of 2012. 

So, 2012 was “fifteen months” ago was it? But even if we dismiss the erroneous dates we may be forgiven for asking... 

What exactly have these last minute Tories been doing since 2012 for the local residents, apart from shelving public concerns to ultimately utilise today for crass self promotion, ‘just’ before the election?

Side-lining the public, to take more credit than what is due, is quite a dirty trick in political circles and inconsistent dates also raise serious questions regarding any further claims by such inattentive politicians.

Nevertheless, this inconsistent blunder at political engineering may be greatly welcomed by the obedient party faithful, even if it is provably full of significant holes.

Will they apologise? 

At the very least it would appear that Jones and Hartill owe the reporter of this article (unless they wish to blame him?) and the Ainsdale public an apology for making such inaccurate statements within their self-promotional political literature

See also... 

Cllr Ted Hartill’s well known attempt to ‘previously’ use his position for political self promotion can be accessed here: 

Moreover, Cllr Jones and his absurd legal threats may be examined here: 

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