ACC seeking almost £6m from council owners – yet Liverpool mayor continued to insist she was powerless to influence whether weapons event took place
Liverpool council and the city’s mayor had five million pounds of leverage over the management of the ACC Liverpool when the mayor refused – and claimed she was powerless – to step in to prevent the controversial weapons fair that took place in the city last week to the shame of the council and the anger of many residents. Labour even ‘whipped’ councillors not to object to the event.
This leverage sits on top of the fact that the council owns the company and the venue and could have replaced the board at any time if the current one failed to follow the ethical standards of the council and Liverpool people.
ACCL has been appealing to the council ‘for some time’ for around £5.8 million for ‘crucial’ repairs and refurbishment to the well-known location on the city’s waterfront – and the council is scheduled to meet this coming Friday to consider the request.
The company has shown signs of desperation for the cash, with the report summarising:
ACCL have written to the Council on a number of occasions to express their frustrations and [sic] the detrimental impact the state of the facility is having on operations and event delivery.
A £6m bargaining chip, ownership of the venue, ownership of the company and the power to replace the board. It doesn’t exactly sound ‘powerless’.
To pour fuel on the outrage of the weapons fair’s many opponents, the council allowed Merseyside police to create an exclusion zone around the venue during the exhibition, preventing access to areas of the waterfront normally open to the public – and police mounted night-time raids on the homes of protesters, several of which contained young children asleep.
The mayor’s office has been contacted for comment and the mayor has been invited to appear on Socialist Telly’s Skwawk Talk to answer her critics about the handling and policing of the event.
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