Posted by: westlancashirerecord | July 19, 2017

Why Does It Take A Golf Championship For WLBC To Have Acceptable Road Scene?

One of two OWL members, Cllr Adrian Owens , wrote about the Open Golf Championship coming to Royal Birkdale and what visitors to the area including West Lancashire will see. He uses descriptions like unkempt; untidy; overgrown; weed strewn and grimy, and this picture  as evidence. And he refers to the main thoroughfares and entrances to the borough. But everywhere in the borough is unkempt; untidy; overgrown; weed strewn and grimy. So why can we not have an acceptable road scene everywhere? Why are whole stretches of our borough so disgustingly neglected? Perhaps it’s time for all 54 members of the borough council and every parish council to find the resources to bring grass cutting and weed control to the forefront. We have five borough councillors in the Aughton wards, that’s three too many if their interests don’t lie with the concerns of local residents, and they don’t, because they don’t live with it!

Cllr Owens “This is what I wrote yesterday to those at the Borough and County Councils charged with grass cutting; weed control; street cleansing etc. The Open Championship is to be held at Royal Birkdale the week after next. The Borough will be hosting many hundreds of visitors from other countries and thousands more will travel through it on the way to the Links. It must be hoped that some of the “visitor dollar” will be spent in the hospitality industry in West Lancashire, but with its current appearance they would be forgiven for driving swiftly on. Currently, I am ashamed of the appearance of our Borough and the boundary between West Lancashire and Sefton is a stark one as one travels along the main thoroughfares. In the remaining time before the start of the golf (a week at most given the busy practice days), what work do you intend to carry out to ensure that, at the very least, the main thoroughfares and entrances to the Borough are presentable rather than their current unkempt; untidy; overgrown; weed strewn and grimy condition?

“I’m not hopeful that I’ll get a sensible response. Perhaps it’s time for a unitary council – where one council is responsible for all services and the buck stops with them?”

Well, he got lucky! He then wrote “After being contacted by a resident concerned by the appearance of West Lancashire scarcely a week before many overseas and national visitors will visit or pass through the Borough in connection with the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, Adrian contacted senior staff and councillors at the Borough and County Councils.

“The Open Championship is to be held at Royal Birkdale the week after next. The Borough will be hosting many hundreds of visitors from other countries and thousands more will travel through it on the way to the Links. It must be hoped that some of the “visitor dollar” will be spent in the hospitality industry in West Lancashire, but with its current appearance they would be forgiven for driving swiftly on.

“Currently, I am ashamed of the appearance of our Borough and the boundary between West Lancashire and Sefton is a stark one as one travels along the main thoroughfares. In the remaining time before the start of the golf (a week at most given the busy practice days), what work do you intend to carry out to ensure that, at the very least, the main thoroughfares and entrances to the Borough are presentable rather than their current unkempt; untidy; overgrown; weed strewn and grimy condition?”

“In responses today, the County Council  has promised to cut grass and maintain the grounds along ‘the advertised diversion route from Junction 3 of the M58 to the Royal Birkdale Golf course’ this Wednesday and the Borough council is organising street cleansing to follow behind. Adrian said “I had to wring this commitment from the respective councils. The current condition of our street scene is shameful and this doesn’t address anything other than the single route to the golf. How we expect to encourage visitors to linger in our Borough is not explained in the council responses”.


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