Der Leader has a less than shimmering business track record. So no surprise to know Chelsea Care(his creation and funded by us poor sods at vast cost) has gone the way of Abingdon Cockell we are not remotely surprised. And when we hear that well known entrepreneur ex 'very failed' Sugar Apprentice, Cllr Tallboy Palmer is going to 'investigate' we know that the truth will never out.
So expect soon the Dame to open up this 'can of worms' but in the meantime we reproduce this comment from a resident.....
Chelsea Care "in liquidation" was entirely predictable. The liquidators have expressed the opinion that the venture was doomed from the start and there was "no meaningful business plan".
When the project was approved by Cabinet in 2008, Residents wrote to Cllr Cockell and warned that he should not be using tax payers money in the risk business. But of course the self seeking Cockell dismissed the protest, just like he dismissed the protest about using K&C council tax to underwrite a performance by Holland Park Opera at the Richmond Theatre. A sure fire profit opportunity he said. But of course the initiative lost £17,000.
Chelsea Care has cost us a cool £1 million.
Councillors need to learn how to stick to the knitting (clearing dustbins and sweeping the parks). There are too many busy bodies in Hornton Street with not enough to do and too much money to spend.
left: the Chelsea care can of worms