Nine top gardeners made redundant as Southport’s nursery operation is axed.
But where exactly is the common sense in booting out expert gardeners in a floral-orientated town like Southport?
This disconcerting news broke in the Southport Visitor.
‘Nine redundant as Southport’s nursery operation is axed’
The local Champion newspaper is also now covering the story in their 1st December 2010 edition.
Public anger is understandable as nine loyal staff members are now set to be made redundant, including nurseries manager, Mr Alan Foxall, 58 – who this summer achieved the top award at Southport Flower Show.
Clearly this team of tough grafters have worked extremely hard to ensure that revenue has rushed into the North West classic seaside resort. Nevertheless, Sefton Council chiefs, in their great wisdom, have seen fit to present the team with a somewhat outlandish Xmas bonus – a redundancy notice!
My sympathy goes to award-winning gardener Alan Foxall, and the nine staff members made redundant by this irresponsible Council. To say these employees have been treated appallingly is an understatement.
Perhaps if the Council genuinely wanted to save money via cuts, they could make a few massive pay slashes with regards to the top brass in Sefton who take mega bucks home each month?
My late father Bill was the well-known Head Gardener at Hesketh Park in Southport for several decades. He frequently worked with Alan at floral shows. He too would have been revolted at this dreadful and illogical injustice.
Sefton Council have proved that they have no concern for the native Southport countryside and wildlife conservation at Kew etc. I have written about this at length in one of my previous books Dirty Politics.
And also on SSGB website
This officialised unresponsiveness is now being extended to the loyal staff members who have made this borough look great at so many floral shows, and brought pleasure to countless residents and visitors alike.
This is an own goal by a thoughtless and over-paid, grey-suited, tin-pot autocracy that imperially presides over Sefton.
These out of touch chiefs are not singing from the same hymn sheet as the rest of the town and should be replaced without delay.
Even Scrooge himself could not have made a better impression than this, just before Xmas…
Bureaucracy has gone mad in Southport it seems.