Posted by: westlancashirerecord | December 18, 2016

Proof Of A Private Landfill Operators’ Paradise

When you see this latest picture 

DCIM100MEDIADJI_0005.JPG [click to enlarge the pics, they will take your breath away!] and others below, taken by a spy in the sky, of the Beacon Park Golf Course old driving range it must bring home the enormity of the landfill on it. If as is officially claimed there are no dumping records available for public inspection it was clearly a privatised landfill operators’ paradise, a gift to its shareholders at a loss to the borough finances.

As readers know, a constant bone of contention for West Lancashire Record is the blanket of secrecy surrounding the “tax payers owned Beacon Park Golf Course” planned developments and finances of a new 9Hole Junior Course and a FootGolf facility suddenly thrust upon it. This came about by WLBC Leisure Services as approved by a WLBC Cabinet Meeting. There is a stark difference between developers and operators.

WLR makes no apology for repeating what happened with the Cabinet Agenda Item 15, November 2011-Private and Confidential (c) Beacon Golf Course-Relevant Portfolio Holder Councillor D Westley; 4 Agenda Items “exempt from public access”. RESOLVED: A. That the Assistant Director Community Services, in consultation with the Leader and relevant portfolio holder, be authorised to develop and implement proposals for the long term operation of the Beacon Park Golf Course and negotiate and conclude all arrangements (to include the obtaining of all necessary consents, providing for all requisite notices and the entering into all necessary licences, leases and agreements/documentation) to give effect to that proposal. [For the avoidance of doubt this public resolution confirmed WLBC and nobody else as the developer of the Beacon Park Golf Course]

DCIM100MEDIADJI_0043.JPG  That dark swirling mass shows the enormity of the landfill exercise and indicates the enormous corresponding landfill income.

Resolved B. That in addition to the delegation at A. above the Assistant Director Community Services, in consultation with the Leader and relevant portfolio holder, be authorised to develop and implement proposals for the interim operation of the Beacon Park Golf Course and negotiate and conclude all arrangements (to include the obtaining of all necessary consents, providing for all requisite notices and the entering into all necessary licences, leases and agreements/documentation) to give effect to that proposal. [For the avoidance of doubt again this public authorisation confirmed WLBC and nobody else as the operator of the Beacon Park Golf Course]

C. That there be an exemption from the requirement to seek quotations/tenders (Contract Procedure Rules 6 and 7) to allow the arrangements to be put in place in accordance with A. and/or B. above for the reasons set out in the report. And as we all know there then followed 4 secret files giving exemption to the publication of the contents of them. [For the avoidance of doubt these files have never been publicised but may contain the secret deals that gave away the development/landfill rights and income to private companies like Serco and Oakland Golf and Leisure Ltd at the expense of council tax payers]

It might be implied such secret deals were made, as a senior council officer has written only in the last few days to say “The details of the delivery logs are the property of Oakland Golf and Leisure Ltd and I do not have access to this information. As previously mentioned the royalty amount is commercial and in confidence and is not a matter of public record, I am unable to provide this information”. If there was a resolution of WLBC open to the public that gave any rights to Oakland Golf and Leisure Ltd rather than the Council I have yet to see it.

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So my reply disputes this “I remain as doubtful as ever that the delivery logs are the property of Oakland Golf and Leisure Ltd”. And I also dispute “that the financial matters including royalties are commercial in confidence especially as we established at the WLCL annual meeting the royalties belonging to WLCL should have been included in the WLCL annual accounts but were actually in the Serco accounts; and that since WLBC gave planning permissions to itself via Leisure Services as confirmed by Cabinet and Council meetings, commercial in confidence claims cannot apply”. So when will an official audit of the landfill tonnages, the landfill royalties, the landfill income, the shareholders funds, the VAT paid, the corporation tax paid, and the estimated loss to council tax payers be revealed?


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