Following a knife-edge vote by councillors on 14 August, Wrral's taxpayers will now be paying £495,000 to the company behind the failed proposals for a 'golf resort' at Hoylake.
The controversial plan, embraced by Wirral Labour, would also have seen more than 100 luxury homes built on Green Belt land, as well as an 'exclusive' golf course.
Opposition to the plan grew as Conservative Councillors, Green Belt campaigners and local residents work to force a rethink.
Following Labour's loss of council seats in 2019, a u-turn was announced. The associated funding agreement, which could have seen even more cash pumped into the scheme, was cancelled, following a vote called by Conservative Councillors.
Now, at the latest Council vote, 22 Labour Councillors voted to pay £495,000 to buy the council out from the agreement, while 21 Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and others voted against.
Speaking on the latest payout - £495,000 to the Niklaus Joint Venture Group, the Leader of Wirral's Conservative Councillors, Tom Anderson, said: "If the former Leader of the Council and his cabinet are not embarrassed, then they should be.
"They can’t claim ignorance either; from the day this deal was first announced, local councillors, residents and green space campaigners warned it was folly.
“Even as the promises of a golf resort turned to dust, the Council’s Leaders buried their heads in the sand and stuck to the pretence that the scheme was still feasible.
“It wasn’t feasible or acceptable then, and a £500,000 pay off isn’t acceptable now. This casual disregard for taxpayers is on display for the whole borough to see.
“When Labour Councillors say they can’t maintain the most basic of services, it’s because of back-room, shady deals like this which are bleeding the Council dry.”
“I’d hope the Leader of the Council and her then cabinet colleagues would issue an apology but I won’t hold my breath.”