Epilogue For A Tory

From the longest known absentee while being paid by taxpayers. Tory Aughton & Downholland West Lancashire councillor S Currie, on 6th May 2021, from London.

“Today is my final day on West Lancs Council Good luck to all those standing up & down the country. You get a lot of unwarranted abuse for sticking your head above the parapet and having your name on the ballot but it’s very rewarding & I have enjoyed it”.

We wish we could say we’ve enjoyed the Currie absentee experience and been rewarded for it instead of paying for it. It’s been just another example of the state of the West Lancashire Conservative leadership, utterly inept and true to form. Reminded us of the appalling Moon episode.

A Halsall Mix Of Politics And Irrational Accusations

We often quote the “Westley Lies” about Aughton residents because it was a brilliant Champion news story. And slur? It defined, set the tone for Westley. He didn’t defend it, how could he when a hall full of residents for the Aughton Parish meeting heard it?

WLBC archive minutes confirm Westley was instrumental in outsourcing, ie selling off, the Borough leisure services to Serco. Can it get any worse than that? Well, yes, it can. His cage was recently rattled again, and histrionics and irrationality appeared in spades!

From QLocal. The borough [Conservative] party leader [Westley] told QLocal this afternoon “I was delighted with the outcome of what was a hard fought campaign. Not only did we make two strategically important gains but we were also successful in getting four new candidates elected in existing Conservative wards.

“And Denise Hirrell was an excellent local candidate who cares passionately about her community and its environment. Well known locally, Denise fought off the usual negative campaign from an independent and successfully gained the seat from Labour with a very good majority”.

There must be evidence for this claim of “caring passionately about her community and its environment”? She cared enough to apply to become a property developer right in the middle of it.

Perhaps it comes, above, in the WLBC Planning case 2015/0722/OUT received 10 July 2015 and REFUSED 1 December 2015. There was a scathing “Justification for refusal” by John Harrison “Despite the requirements of Paras 186-195 of the National Planning Policy Framework it has not been possible to reach a positive agreed solution through the Council’s adopted and published procedures, which advise that pre-application advice should be sought prior to the submission of an application. This application was submitted without the applicant/agent having entered into meaningful pre-application discussions in relation to the planning policies and material considerations that apply to the proposal and the development shows insufficient regard to the policy requirements as detailed in the reasons above”.

“No meaningful pre-application discussions” and “insufficient regard to the policy requirements”. And that record might well be thrown back in the Tory faces in the Council Chamber in due course.

And the “usual negative campaign from an independent”? The Independent candidate simply proved his record of seven years service to his Halsall parish and community. But the political party machines invariably turn the public into believing the expensive glossy bullshit. If that gets up the Westley nostrils it’s because it is true, at least of his local party.

From the elected Tory.

The Council With One Independent Councillor

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Following the local election results announced at the weekend, West Lancashire Borough Council has no one party in overall political control of the Council. But Labour is the biggest party.

The results show that Labour has 26 seats, Conservative 20, Our West Lancashire 7 and the Council has 1 Independent councillor.

Jacqui Sinnott-Lacey, Chief Operating Officer of the Council, said “The elections have brought about a change to the political management structure and with no one party being in overall political control. We will be working closely with the party Leaders to understand how this might affect the running of the Council which will be agreed at the Council meeting on 19 May”.

Seems like the “group” of OWLs is now deemed to be a party?

West Lancashire Coronavirus Update

The West Lancashire Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust hospitals have notified three new coronavirus infections today.

Between 4th May 2021 and 10th May 2021, 12 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows a decrease of 14.3% compared to the previous 7 days.

There were no deaths within 28 days of a positive test for coronavirus reported on 10th May 2021.

Between 4th May 2021 and 10th May 2021, there have been no deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. This shows no change compared to the previous 7 days.

Clive Grunshaw Sacked By Electorate As Lancashire PCC

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner – Conservatives GAIN from Labour

The Conservative’s Andrew Snowden is the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire. He won 181,314 votes to Clive Grunshaw’s 172,362.

Labour candidate Mr Grunshaw had held the post since its inception in 2012.

FULL RESULT:

Mark James Barker (REFORM) – 17,926

Neil Darby (LD) – 32,813

Clive Grunshaw (LAB) – 172,362

Andrew James Snowden (CON) – 181,314

Turbulent Times As We Look Forward In West Blankershire?

“Election Result Message From Voters Is That All Parties Should Work Together”.

Is OWL still a group, or a little party?

Speaking after local Independents Our West Lancashire gained a further seat on the Borough Council to form a 7-strong group, OWL Group Chairman Councillor Adrian Owens said “Firstly, I want to thank everyone who voted in these elections and especially those residents who supported Our West Lancashire.  It was wonderful to see George Clandon elected in Burscough West.” 

“The council is now ‘No Overall Control’ and the clear message from West Lancashire voters is that they don’t have confidence in either of the two big parties.  Labour lost 4 seats to OWL at the last election and lost a further 3 to others this time.  Another Independent [James Upjohn] was elected in Skelmersdale, the first non-Labour councillor in the town for decades. 

Meanwhile, the local Conservatives are languishing. They’ve lost a quarter of their councillors under their current Leader in the past 7 years.” 

Councillor Owens continued “Our West Lancashire is ready to talk to both Labour and Conservative. No one has a monopoly of good ideas. We would favour a council with an all-party Executive where the voices of all councillors and the residents they represent are given weight. For that to happen Labour and Conservative along with OWL [not to mention Independent James Upjohn] would have to sit around the same table.  We’re ready for that, are the two main parties innovative enough to do so?”

“At @WestlancsbcLabour seem determined to build at all costs. Are more big developments headed to Burscough? A pre-election PLEDGE from George Clandon @ourwestlancs candidate for Burscough West

He will vote against any proposals or plans that allow MORE NEW HOUSING ESTATES IN BURSCOUGH.

“You may also be aware that two packets of agricultural land have recently been sold. Are these sites destined for yet more new homes? Almost certainly with a complete lack of infrastructure and useless flood planning? Quite possibly”.

“Labour’s new proposals are being drawn up behind closed doors. Labour have given no indication of a change of direction from 2018. Build build build. You may recall the Labour’s LOCAL PLAN proposed in 2018, was loathed by voters”.

That’s what we call “blanking” the electorate. Behind closed doors! Keep it all secret. The people who pay the taxes are blanked. People who are flooded are blanked. Try to find where the corrupt Beacon Park Golf Course royalties are, blanked. The WLBC transparency commitment? Blanked.

West Lancashire Coronavirus News

The West Lancashire Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust hospitals have notified three new coronavirus infections today.

Between 3rd May 2021 and 9th May 2021, 10 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows a decrease of 28.6% compared to the previous 7 days.

There were no deaths within 28 days of a positive test for coronavirus reported on 9th May 2021.

Between 3rd May 2021 and 9th May 2021, there have been no deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. This shows no change compared to the previous 7 days.

Quote Of Polling Results Day

“Congratulations to the hardest working Councillor in Burscough East, CLLR DAVID EVANS on his fantastic victory in the West Lancashire Borough Council elections today, capping off a great day for Labour locally holding nine seats” but losing overall control!

Did we really witness a great day for Labour? Well, if they say so!

And

The answer of course Is Gareth Howling!

The Cynical Sunday Essay

How to live while crying about the destructive flooding caused by housing development, written before the local elections.

“There is a lot of money involved in development, and from my observations through correspondence and listening to planning applications. WLBC will not allow anything to stand in the way of the money it brings in.

“It is inevitable that development will continue, the best we can hope for is that we can manage to reduce the pace of change and perhaps find a way to have a greater say in how our future is shaped. Many of us would like to freeze the moment in time so things could stay the way they are. I would like to turn back the clock by 30 years, to a time when there was no local flooding, but this is not going to happen.

“This is where those who want your vote could be asked to give their position on development. I don’t think any would be brave enough to call for a moratorium on development until the long overdue infrastructure has finally been put in place. But what do they have to offer to preserve the character of our town and reduce the flooding risk?

“There is irrefutable evidence that recent building has resulted in mud and sand being washed into our watercourses. The evidence is lying in the bottom of those watercourses where there is now a different colour to the silt which originates from the development sites. This poor management of water threatens homes, businesses and crops on farmland.

“Burscough Flooding Group is and has always tried to remain apolitical. Furthermore, we have always made it clear that we will not support “inaccuracies” which is why the relationship with WLBC and the LLFA has always been difficult. So, as regards the way that some councillors have helped, or not helped, or even been obstructive as some have, and there will be those who would try to convince you they have contributed to helping matters when maybe this is a misrepresentation of the facts”.

From the heart of a resident of Burscough.

And now, it’s the same old same old. The old order in LCC is restored. Prepare to suffer continued flooding of streets, homes, and schools while the councillor allowance gravy trains just keep on running.

West Lancashire Coronavirus News

The West Lancashire Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust hospitals have notified no new coronavirus infections today.

Between 2nd May 2021 and 8th May 2021, 7 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows a decrease of 53.3% compared to the previous 7 days.

There were no deaths within 28 days of a positive test for coronavirus reported on 8th May 2021.

Between 2nd May 2021 and 8th May 2021, there have been no deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. This shows no change compared to the previous 7 days.