Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, visiting the Firepool site in 2016. Showing him the problems we faced are Cllr Simon Nicholls (far left), Habib Farbahi (centre left) and Prospective Parliametary Candidate, Gideon Amos (far right)

Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, visiting the Firepool site in 2016. Showing him the problems we faced are Cllr Simon Nicholls (far left), Habib Farbahi (centre left) and Prospective Parliametary Candidate, Gideon Amos (far right)

The latest fiasco in the long-running farce of the Firepool development plainly shows that a tired and incompetent Conservative regime must give way to a new Liberal Democrat Administration with imaginative ideas and solutions.

We are taking three immediate actions:

First, we are calling a special Council meeting to sort out what has gone wrong. It is scandalous that no one knew anything about 
problems between St. Modwen's and Taunton Deane Council until we were contacted by the County Gazette following a council press release. The mismanagement and secrecy needs to be exposed. 

Secondly, we will use a Freedom of Information request to expose how much the council tax payer has been forced to pay for a nine year consultancy bill that has produced one office block and fifty houses !

Thirdly, we will use this Conservative failure as an opportunity to get the Firepool development right. We will demand a cross-party council task force to agree a more imaginative plan which will boost Taunton's economy and bring more high paid jobs to the town. We will also consult local residents about what they want to see at Firepool, offering a range of possibilities. 
These could include a mix of :-

  • Economic development and Growth Industries, such as an Innovation Centre with 
    links to green technology, as discussed at a recent meeting with experts and 
    innovators, organised by Cllr Habib Farbahi

  • Facilities for culture, sport and entertainment and the Community

  • Property and housing which will generate funds and make use of brown rather than 
    greenfield sites

October 2018