Posted by: westlancashirerecord | March 19, 2018

Council Admits To Fake News

Despite the farce surrounding Beacon Park Golf Course and the massive landfill operation on much of its land, WLBC has ignored it and left development to The Leisure Trust, Serco Leisure Operating, and Oakland Golf and Leisure Ltd. But false claims have endured as part of WLBC policy, the “fake” 22 bay floodlit driving range” even enshrined in its “West Lancashire Green Infrastructure and Cycling Strategy” document. And now it has been admitted as being “incorrect” .

I asked “I refer to the West Lancashire Community Centre public website
published today, 23 February 2018 and ask for a Freedom of Information Act 2000 official statement from the West Lancashire Borough Council and/or West Lancashire Community Trust/Serco Leisure Operating Ltd that will once and for all clarify a) if there is a floodlit 22 bay driving range as stated, and if so where is it located b) what is the cadre of the team of leisure assistants referred to and c) what are the safety standards/qualifications/disclosure and barring records of any such leisure assistants in respect of “from four year old” clients of the services offered?

“The website states “About Us. Beacon Park Golf Centre is a well maintained golfing facility located right in the heart of West Lancashire. The whole family can tee off and enjoy a round of golf on our 18 Hole Par 72 course. The Driving Range at Beacon Park Golf Centre is the only under cover floodlit range in the local area. Why not come along and practice your swing in one of the 22 bays. Whether you are a budding pro or a beginner, we can cater for you, from four years old or ability. Our team of leisure assistants are on hand to ensure your visit is a safe one as well as an enjoyable one”.

The response is that “FOI request 2018/126 received 23rd February. Further to your request for information relating to the West Lancashire Community Leisure public website. I can confirm that the information contained on the website was incorrect and has been removed. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. Deputy Director of Leisure & Wellbeing. West Lancashire Borough Council” .

Not the comprehensive and detailed reply that was required, but edging nearer to what the public require, the truth about why this gifting of the vast amount of landfill royalties to private companies has denied much needed capital for this Skelmersdale and Borough sports facility.

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