West Lancashire Coronavirus Report

The Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust hospitals have advised us 18 new people had a confirmed positive coronavirus test result reported on 16th June 2021.

Between 10th June 2021 and 16th June 2021, 143 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows an increase of 101.4% compared to the previous 7 days.

West Lancashire has recorded 9,213 infections, that’s now 8,059.9 per 100,000 of our population.

There were 0 deaths recorded within 28 days of a positive test for coronavirus reported on 16th June 2021.

Sleeping Not So Rough?

In April having asked WLBC “Would you be kind enough to arrange for me to receive precise details of how and why WLBC spent the following amounts? With reference to the WLBC Over £500 Spending Report July/August 2020 Other Service Items, a list of Subsistence and Expenses shows WLBC paid “02/07/2020 Mercure Atlantic Tower Hotel Liverpool

– Subsistence £4,033.96 Expenses, £5,527.55 Expenses, £535.62 Expenses, 06/07/2020  – Subsistence £4,196.26 Expenses £4,786.45 Expenses. 16/07/2020 –Subsistence £2,098.06, £3,122.45. 28/07/2020 Subsistence £1,389.22, £600.00, £2,033.15. Expenses 29/07/2020 Subsistence £700.00, £1,741.00, £1,130.79 Expenses. 05/08/2020 Subsistence £1,517.45 Expenses = £33,411.96”.

WLBC told us “On the 26 March 2020, the Government instructed local Councils to provide temporary accommodation to anyone who was rough sleeping or at imminent risk of rough sleeping, a scheme called Everyone In. This position was taken to ensure everyone had the opportunity to comply with the stay at home message to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19 and because people who are homeless were at higher risk of contracting Covid-19.

“In order to comply with this instruction, the Council had to procure additional temporary accommodation. The Mercure Hotel was procured to enable temporary accommodation to be provided to single homeless people during the national lockdown. The expenditure reported represents the cost of block booking the hotel rooms plus an amount for the provision of 3 meals per day”.

We then asked WLBC “How many people living rough or at risk of sleeping rough were accommodated under the Everyone In scheme? How long did the accommodation last for each Everyone In person? Was all of the procured temporary accommodation used? Was there any refund paid back to WLBC for any unused accommodation? Will WLBC publish a full public account of this Government requirement?

WLBC has now responded “Rooms in the hotel were procured on a block booking basis. The room charge was £63 per night which included 3 meals per day. Between 26 March 2020 & 30 April 2021, 80 people were accommodated. 60 of those were accommodated in a hotel. Towards the end, everyone in programme, some rooms were not used as demand decreased. The rooms are procured on a block booking basis and are charged irrespective of whether they are used. This is due to them being held for use meaning the hotel cannot sell them to another party”.

By May 2021 Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced that councils will receive £203m Rough Sleeping Initiative funding to help people off the streets – an 81% increase from the £112m provided last year.

Do You Know Where Your Child Was This Weekend?

Or any weekend, or evening?

“This weekend we saw hundreds of young people putting their lives at risk as shown by this photo we took.

We know the nice weather makes it appealing to cool down in the quarry but are they aware of the dangers?

“There is industrial piping and other equipment hidden beneath the water, the temperature change of jumping into cold water when your body is hot initiates a gasp response which can cause you to drown within seconds of entering the water, plus drinking alcohol (as some of these young people were) not only dehydrates you but causes your reactions to be delayed.

“We know young people want to enjoy themselves, but we are appealing to parents because we care. We don’t want to be the officers calling at your address to pass on the awful news that something terrible as happened to your child”.

Spending £800,000? A Snip?

Easy come, easy go, as OWLs claim “Only Labour could spend £800,000 on Ormskirk Council offices and then propose closing them”.

Just before the elections, Labour approved an accommodation strategy with the clear aim of closing Ormskirk’s council offices within 5 years and shifting staff to Skelmersdale.

Some questioning from OWL revealed that as well as a new roof less than 10 years ago, the council have spent almost £800,000 in the past two years refurbishing the Ormskirk offices, improving fire safety and fitting a new boiler. Why therefore propose to potentially close and bulldoze the Ormskirk council office site for re-development? 

Thankfully, OWLs have helped to ensure that any future changes to the location of council offices must be agreed by the Full Council where Labour no longer has a majority.

A Tale Of Two Benches

A “yob” is by definition a rude, noisy, aggressive, loutish, uncultured, young person, often seen in groups going about noisy, aggressive and loutish behaviour, often alcohol and drug induced, as in Town Green, Aughton.

The epicentre of this yobbishness is the Co-Op store, whose owners kindly provided a bench for the weary and infirm to rest a while.

But by some strange logic it’s been condemned as a cause of the gatherings and hence should be removed.

And that suggestion was condemned by LCC/WLBC Cllr David O’Toole, himself a likely bench person as he might rest before strolling up Granville Park with his shopping. No capitulation to yobbishness from him!

Whereas LCC Cllr Nikki Hennessy, attending as a private local resident, spoke up for the yobs. Cllr Nikki has had personal experience when some time ago a yob put a brick through a window of her home. All sorted without recourse to the other bench, a Magistrates bench, where an appearance would see yobbishness receive its due reward. Alas the Ormskirk Magistrates court

is no more, due to cutting the cost of crime retribution.

Police officers attended the Aughton Parish Council Meeting. The Anti Social Behaviour situation was discussed at length together with dispersal orders, the Co-op store, and parking issues outside the shops on Town Green Lane.

According to the police the recent names taken of youths they had spoken to indicated they were local, not from outside the area, as it had been in previous times. They said that parents of the youths spoken to had been contacted.

A resident criticised senior police officers who had previously and regularly visited parish meetings with little to show for it. As he put it, it’s on the record and he’s unimpressed by police mission statements on youth disorder.

It seems from hearsay a somewhat heated exchange took place between the APC Chairman and Cllr O’Toole regarding communications with constituents. Cllr O’Toole is reported to have hurriedly left the meeting whilst these matters were still being discussed but returned a little later.

Perhaps he was merely going to check if the Co-Op bench was still in place?

West Lancashire Suffers A Loss From Coronavirus

The Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust hospitals have advised us 19 new people had a confirmed positive coronavirus test result reported on 15th June 2021.

Between 9th June 2021 and 15th June 2021, 141 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows an increase of 147.4% compared to the previous 7 days.

Sadly there was 1 death within 28 days of a positive test for coronavirus reported on 15th June 2021.

Between 9th June 2021 and 15th June 2021, there has been 1 death within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.

When Will Police Be Offering Reassurances In Aughton?

From Blackpool Police “Tonight your local Neighbourhood Policing Team and Mounted Police Officers have been in the area of Grange Park offering reassurance to the community following concerns raised around Anti-Social Behaviour. We are still out and about and tomorrow too so come and say hi!

“Some great teamwork between NHP teams and Mounted to reassure the local community that won’t tolerate ASB on the Grange Park Estate. Thanks for your efforts”.

Meanwhile, PCC Snowden basks in his “good news”.

Serco On The March Into Military Estates

News that Serco has won a contract to look after a large chunk of the nation’s military estate has astounded senior golfers at the Beacon Park Golf Course. Local wags suggested the state of the course indicated there have been military exercises on it and pointed out it’s been like this since landfill started being dumped in 2013.  8 years of destruction.

“The contract, worth as much as £3.4 billion this decade and potentially beyond helped to boost a further recovery in the shares of the government outsourcing specialist yesterday.

“The Defence Infrastructure Organisation, part of the Ministry of Defence, said yesterday that Serco, in a joint venture with Engie called Vivo, had been awarded contracts covering the whole of England and Wales outside of London and the southeast under the Future Defence Infrastructure Services programme.

“Of the Vivo contract, Rupert Soames, chief executive of Serco, said “These are nationally important assets and buildings across the MoD’s estate and we recognise the confidence and trust the MoD has placed in us and the responsibility that comes with it”. Well, they are no slouches at putting lipstick on a pig?

Serco has also enjoyed revenues of about £50 million a month from test-and-trace, from which it typically might have earnings at a profit margin of as much as 5 per cent. Before the advent of the latest third wave, Serco had been telling the City that it expected test-and-trace revenues to begin to dwindle.

Good to have friends in high places other than the West Lancashire Borough Council?

West Lancashire Coronavirus Infections On A Steady Rise

The Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust hospitals have advised us 23 new people had a confirmed positive coronavirus test result reported on 14th June 2021.

Between 8th June 2021 and 14th June 2021, 136 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows an increase of 202.2% compared to the previous 7 days.

There were 0 deaths within 28 days of a positive test for coronavirus reported on 14th June 2021.

Between 8th June 2021 and 14th June 2021, there have been 0 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. This shows no change compared to the previous 7 days.

75,273 people had been given a first vaccine dose by the end of 13th June 2021 and 60,592 people had been given a second vaccine dose by the end of 13th June 2021.

What Do Police Use Drones For?


We are using drones to: Provide situational awareness to officers and Commanders in a variety of policing situations; Use our resources more effectively by having the right resources in the right place at the right time to resolve incidents quickly.

Enhance the safety of the public and police by deploying a drone into situations which would otherwise involve risks to individuals.

Provide good quality evidence to assist apprehension and prosecution of offenders.

Lancashire Police are compliant with the new GDPR legislation.

Ideal for mob yobs to be identified and prosecuted. What’s the reason they haven’t been used in Town Green?