Nigel Farage seen driving golf balls
on a driving range, which he couldn’t do at the Beacon Park Golf Course other than in a cage!
Could there be any truth in the rumour, (which we are about to start), that Nigel Farage might play golf at the Beacon Park Golf Course next year? Could there be any truth in the rumour that ANYONE could play a round of golf at Beacon Park Golf Course next year? They can’t play a full round this year, thanks to the landfill royalty scandal involving WLBC, Serco Leisure Operating Limited, and Oakland Golf and Leisure Ltd.
Notwithstanding the facilities are leased to West Lancashire Community Leisure [Serco controlled] the land and buildings of Beacon Park Golf Course belong to the Borough Council. We council tax payers own the Beacon Park Golf Course. The lease to run it for private profit was sold for £1 annually to DCT Leisure Ltd, a company that didn’t pay its £60,000 VAT bill and went bust. Then came Serco Leisure Operating Ltd, which already receives its £1,000,000 annually for WLBC leisure services including episodes of cockroaches swimming in managed swimming pool facilities!
Serco took on the golf course after a trial period to ensure its profitability. But its beady eyes soon spotted the opportunity to turn some course drainage work into a huge landfill dump. Oakland Golf and Leisure Ltd became OaklandNoGolfJust landfill.com and WLBC turned a blind eye to the whole shoddy Serco-led scandal made illegal by its admitted breach of planning conditions. This below is an example of golf course creation!
Hence “The proposed development comprises the remodelling of approximately 12 hectares of the existing Beacon Park Golf Course. It involves the remodelling of the 5th, 6th, 13th and 14th holes and construction of temporary greens and tees with the importation of 55,000cubic meters of inert soil; remodelling of the golf range to provide perimeter mounding and improved targets with 35,000cubic meters of inert soil; formation of 9-hole short course for junior golfers on 3.7ha land to be formed by importation of 65,000cubic metres of inert soil; remodelling of 1st and 2nd tee with 32,000cubic metres of inert soil”. Another example below of how players found the work of OaklandNoGolfJust landfill.com
“It is estimated that 187,000m3 of inert materials are to be transported to the site using HGVs carrying an average of 8m3 per delivery. 23,375 No of HGV Loads”.
We wrote “WLBC has a written policy”
“Anti-Fraud, Bribery and Corruption Policy that commits it to combating fraud, bribery, corruption or abuse of position for personal gain, whether the perpetrators are internal OR EXTERNAL to the Authority”. Which part of it does WLBC believe does NOT apply to the Beacon Park Golf Course landfill operation by the EXTERNAL Serco Leisure Operating Ltd and Oakland Golf and Leisure Ltd?
The Anti-Fraud, Bribery and Corruption Policy has been devised to “promote a culture of integrity and accountability in all employees, elected members, partners, CONTRACTORS AND SUPPLIERS OF GOODS AND SERVICES”. The Authority’s expectation, and indeed the public’s, regarding propriety and accountability, is that Members and Employees, at all levels, will lead by example in ensuring adherence to all Council regulations, codes of conduct, procedures and practices”.
Does WLBC believe that the public’s expectation of a culture of integrity and accountability does NOT apply to the Beacon Park Golf Course landfill operation?
What were the “lead by example” examples that allow no external audit to take place, because by no stretch of imagination can any be identified. Which of the three “The Anti-Fraud, Bribery, and Corruption Policies” apply to this scandal? Why was the “promotion” of them set aside by WLBC?
Of the three, did fraud, bribery, or corruption, or all three, contaminate the process by which Serco admits to receiving a mere £183,864, as Rupert Soames the Chief Executive at Serco Group Plc personally wrote the letter containing that landfill grab amount. Where, within the Serco Group/Oakland Golf and Leisure Ltd duo, is the remainder banked, and who accounted to HMRC for the VAT that was payable?
We should be told. Meanwhile the latest course corrective work has been stalled for months to come, by the weather.
What a surprise. Meanwhile Mr Farage can rest on his golf driving laurels for now!