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Blackstone Shambles Posted on Fri, July 22, 2016 19:04:42


Executive Meeting April 2013

Blackstone Shambles Posted on Fri, July 22, 2016 18:59:52


Executive Meeting 19/06/2012

Blackstone Shambles Posted on Fri, July 22, 2016 18:58:16


Executive Meeting November 2011

Blackstone Shambles Posted on Fri, July 22, 2016 17:23:54


THI Riverside preferred developers for the Blackstone site in Offerton

Blackstone Shambles Posted on Fri, July 22, 2016 17:21:06


Blackstone developer collapses?

Blackstone Shambles Posted on Sat, May 09, 2015 08:55:01

Regarding this article http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/north-west/136715-stockport-contractor-collapses-after-gb-building-solutions-insolvency/

Did GB Building Solutions have a cosy relationship
with Stockport Council and the then Leader, now Lord Goddard? They were going
to develop a site lethally gassing 75% Methane – building on it, amongst other
things, an old people’s home. I think when I started shouting about the
contamination the plans for that were quietly shelved.

The firm did not have enough money to continue with
the project and were supposed to receive £750k of public money. Why on earth
were they chosen to develop such a potentially dangerous and
expensive-to-deal-with contaminated site then?

http://www.sheilaoliver.org/blackstone,-offerton.html

http://www.sheilaoliver.org/blackstone-gb-building-solutions.html

http://iloapp.sheilaoliver.org/blog/blogging?Home&post=1605

http://iloapp.sheilaoliver.org/blog/blogging?Home&post=65

http://iloapp.sheilaoliver.org/blog/blogging?Home&post=15

http://iloapp.sheilaoliver.org/blog/blogging?Home&post=6



Lord Goddard had a meeting with the developers. I bet he did

Blackstone Shambles Posted on Fri, April 03, 2015 08:01:52



Lord Goddard. Shenanigans?

Blackstone Shambles Posted on Tue, April 16, 2013 20:12:23

http://www.sheilaoliver.org/blackstone,-offerton.html

http://www.sheilaoliver.org/blackstone-gb-building-solutions.html

The developers, THI, raised the alarm some time ago on (would you guess?) cash flow. Cash running out fast and the developers didn’t like that – what part they have played in putting together costs, timetables etc is unclear, but THI must have had some inkling at the outset that 2 + 2 made considerably more than 4. “More” appears to be c£750,000 over the amount required to complete – for the moment at least!

Immediate concerns must surely turn to the role of senior councillors in approving the bail out in the first place and having no idea where the extra cash would come from. Could they have in mind that bottomless pit – the SMBC taxpayers both domestic and business? Iain Roberts, the Regeneration Man, should have been aware of the problem, although his only commentary is that source of funds was uncertain. But that possibly would be the New Homes Bonus – a grant which central government makes to local government for increasing new homes. However, this must have been an obvious source in the beginning, and surely an application would be (correctly) rejected on the grounds that housing had been a major part of the original miscalculated scheme cost and, as such, could not be counted twice. Clearly incompetence on the councillors’ part lies at the heart of the problem.

Therefore, instead of agreeing to the bail out so readily, the Labour Group’s statement (of the obvious) that questions need to be answered should be taken seriously. The project shoudl be put on hold pending much more background being examined. No more blank cheques please!

For the record, who are THI and do they have Friends At Court – they seem to be the driving force where the Council is patently not.

Why does Offerton keep coming up in the news on redevelopment, disgraced shopping precincts etc?



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