Posted by: westlancashirerecord | August 22, 2017

You Couldn’t Make It Up, Could You?

A decision by Lancashire County Council to refuse the offer of free professional grounds maintenance of the roundabout by Ormskirk’s fire station has been branded ‘crazy’ by one of the town’s Borough councillors.

Chris Bentley who is well-known in the town as he runs the popular Ormskirk Bygone Times site is also a professional landscape gardener. He offered to maintain the roundabout using his professional machinery only to receive no reply at all from the county council, at which point Chris raised it with Our West Lancashire .

Jane Thompson from Our West Lancashire said “We pursued the matter with the county council only for them to claim health and safety as a reason for refusing Chris’ generous offer. Even when we pointed out that Chris held the full range of necessary insurances as he carries out this work professionally they persisted with their stance. This is a major gateway roundabout to the town. If the county council are going to refuse generous offers from the community, then they need to maintain it properly themselves. Sadly, West Lancashire is neglected by the powers that be in Preston”.

And Councillor Adrian Owens  seen here  with Jane Thompson in the OWL pic, said of the county council’s decision “This is crazy. The county council should be encouraging the support of active people in the community, not turning it away. Some of our roundabouts in West Lancashire are sponsored by local businesses and yet the funds those businesses provide are certainly not being used on roundabout maintenance. The county council should be ashamed of themselves”. But nobody at LCC will feel any shame at what is now normal street scene in West Lancashire for what is LCC responsibility. 


  1. Please will one of our county councillors get involved, comment on this site, and sort this nonsense out!

    • Probably not, after all, who cares enough about this situation?

  2. Totally agree, LCC should clearly state what the risk of undertaking this work is? Additionally perhaps a letter to LCCs insurers to ask if in the circumstances an incident occurred would liability attach, in my experience if the individual is insured and qualified it won’t?

    • I think the OWLs are led by a H&S professional who knows this would not incur any LCC liability?

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