Friday, 5 October 2012

The Resignation of Barnet’s Chief Executive: a statement by the Barnet bloggers:

It was announced yesterday that Mr Nick Walkley, the Chief Executive of Barnet Council, is leaving in order to take up a position in Haringey.

This unexpected development immediately raises the most serious questions regarding the progress of the controversial £1billion One Barnet programme which is due to outsource the majority of our council services to the private sector: a hugely over ambitious project which bears the risk of being a spectacular failure, and having a devastating impact on the lives of residents in our borough.

We have a right to know why Mr Walkley, the architect of this programme, is leaving at this crucial point in the proceedings, just as the procurement process reaches its conclusion, and the successful bidders are chosen. 

We note that this departure arises in the wake of the revelation that the council leader, Councillor Richard Cornelius, admits that he knew nothing about a decision by the senior officers of the council to change the outsourcing model of the DRS service bid from a strategic partnership to an even higher risk Joint Venture. This is a decision which has been taken by officers acting with consultants and bidders, without oversight from the elected members of this authority, and is therefore an action taken in open defiance of the democratic process which us supposed to safeguard the best interests of residents of this borough.

We question the unrestricted expenditure of millions of pounds on unaccountable consultants acting as ‘implementation partners’ for what is, at best, the biggest risk undertaken by any local authority with the money and trust invested in them by residents and tax payers:  a scandalous waste of our money at what is supposed to be a time of austerity, and when we have seen savage reductions in council spending, leading to widespread hardship and the loss of community resources such as the much loved local library in Friern Barnet, and the Church Farmhouse museum.

As residents, tax payers, and local bloggers, we call for an emergency session of the full council in order to discuss the implications of Mr Walkley’s resignation and for the immediate suspension of the One Barnet programme pending the outcome of an external and fully independent audit of the risks involved in this £1 billion gamble with our money, our services, Our Barnet.

Derek Dishman
John Dix
Vicki Morris
Theresa Musgrove
Roger Tichborne

Exclusive update: Mrs Angry understands that oh dear me ... ha ha ... Mr Andrew Black Hole Travers has now got a real job, and will be the next CEO of Barnet Council.

And now we really are fucked, aren't we?


Anonymous said...

Should we be slightly worried in Haringey?

Mrs Angry said...

Not at all< Anon. You should be absolutely terrified, and making plans to move.

Anonymous said...

Is your exclusive update real info........Mr Blackhole to be CEO? Surely not the 1k man who is now a part timer ..... aka.....Mr mmmmm in speeches?

Mrs Angry said...

yep, according to my source, but it may well turn out to be another ahem 'interim' post ... I can't think of anyone I would prefer to be in charge of the final stages of One Barnet, can you?

Anonymous said...

Fair comment on the departing Chief Exec.
But if you ditched the total failure socialfascist political ideaology you might gain more traction in making Barnet a better place.
Nowhere in history has KommunoFascist social engineering led to success.

Mrs Angry said...

hmm, well, what would be your replacement for 'social/kommunofascist' ideology, Anon? Oh: hang on - not another fecking libdem ...

Anonymous said...

unbelevable really it shows the CE had no confidence in the total outsourcing so won't have to pick up the mess and can move on to pastures new. Barnet Council have been mismanaged for years what a shame for those living in barnet