There has been much speculation in Broken Barnet, in the last week, in regard to Metpro Rapid Response, the private security company, part of the 'Metpro group', currently being employed by our council for various duties including, as we witnessed last Tuesday, helping to prevent access by ordinary residents to the council meeting, in defiance of the police decision that they should be allowed to enter the half empty public gallery.
Since then, Mrs Angry has been inundated with information, from several sources, in regard to this company and its very interesting background.
Her attention has been drawn to the following entry in last Thursday's London Gazette:
3 March 2011
Publication Date: Thursday, 3 March 2011
Notice Code: 2450
Petitions to Wind Up (Companies)
In the High Court of Justice (Chancery Division)
Companies Court No 759 of 2011
In the Matter of METPRO RAPID RESPONSE LIMITED
(Company Number 05496242)
and in the Matter of the Insolvency Act 1986
A Petition to wind up the above-named Company, Registration Number 05496242, of C/o Bond Partners LLP, The Grange, 100 High Street, Southgate, London N14 6TB, presented on 2 February 2011 by the Commissioners for HM Revenue and Customs, of Bush House, Strand, London WC2B 4RD, claiming to be Creditors of the Company, will be heard at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London WC2A 2LL, on 16 March 2011, at 1030 hours (or as soon thereafter as the Petition can be heard).
Any persons intending to appear on the hearing of the Petition (whether to support or oppose it) must give notice of intention to do so to the Petitioners or to their Solicitor in accordance with Rule 4.16 by 1600 hours on 15 March 2011.
The Petitioners’ Solicitor is the Solicitor to HM Revenue and Customs, Solicitor’s Office, South West Wing, Bush House, Strand, London WC2B 4RD, telephone 020 7438 7731. (Ref SLR 1515754/37.)
Metpro Rapid Response, as you may see from the online council expenses, had seven payments from Barnet in the last quarter alone.
If you look at the company website, you will see that part of the Metpro group is now Metpro Emergency Response. This company was only incorporated in January. There appears to be an unfortunate confusion as to who is currently employing the council's private police force, doesn't there? Is one company metamorphosing into another? Mrs Angry is happy to publish any explanation offered.
Or has perhaps the council's rising sense of paranoia over the growing rebellion of residents in our rotten borough required them to up their security needs from rapid to emergency? Mrs Angry thinks that must be the only explanation. The emergency team has flashing lights, motor bikes and cool dudes in stab vests, which may be crucial in future when controlling those naughty allotment holders and yummy mummies from Hampstead Garden Suburb, and Andrew Dismore, when they turn up at meetings armed to the teeth with copies of 'Barnet First' and making outrageous demands to watch their elected representatives in action.
Also on the website last week, on the contacts page, was an intriguing reference to the ICO: this is the Information Commissioner. A reference number was given, and a security number. You might be forgiven if you confused these details with some sort of endorsement. These references were checked with the ICO, and now, we are told, the website has been changed. On the contact page it seems we now find some mysterious alterations, with the status TBA ...
On Friday some very senior officers at the London Borough of Barnet were alerted as to the status of Metpro Rapid Response and asked some probing questions about the matter.
No reply whatsoever has been received.
Mrs Angry is displeased.
She leaves these facts for your consideration, citizens: make of them what you will.
But if you were one of those residents who came to the Town Hall, last week, and were barred from the public gallery, you might like to contact your councillors, or some very senior council officers, and see if they can enlighten you further as to what, exactly, the hell is going on.
Mrs Angry is confident that they will be very pleased to help.