Is An OWL About To Fly In To Aughton?

Aughton residents have today received glossy leaflets from Our West Lancashire extolling the benefits of independent representation at West Lancashire Borough Council.

The grip of Halsall based Westleyism keeps a blanket Tory representation in place, five in the Aughton wards, three of them resident in Halsall. They have history, despite which so far they remain intact. Who can forget the “Aughton liars” public accusation from Wally Westley himself. Or the Parrs Lane sell-out to developers Redrow and Wainhomes only defeated in law by Labour held WLBC?

The OWL leaflet specifically targets the failure of two party politics. “Both Labour and Tory councillors are complacent, toeing the party line. Time after time they fail to stand up for their local wards, following the dictats of their party. Residents feel excluded and ignored”.

[insulted too, Wally “lies told door to door” . Calls for councillor to quit after ‘waste of time’ slur as told by by Danielle Thompson in the Champion. AUGHTON residents are calling for Councillor David Westley to resign – after he called the two-year campaign to keep Parrs Lane in the greenbelt ‘a waste of time’ and alleged that door to door campaigners had told lies.

“After Colin Atkinson, chairman for the Aughton Residents Group (2012) raised the issue of the formulation of the neighbourhood plan to discuss the future of Aughton at public question time at the Aughton Parish Council meeting on Monday December 9, Lancashire County Councillor Westley, who represents Aughton and Downholland told Colin Atkinson that campaigners had wasted two years talking to the Borough Council.

He said “The campaign was a disaster, lies were told door to door and the campaign was a waste of time”.

He then walked out of the meeting at Aughton Village Hall amid shouts that the campaigners had not lied, jeers and calls for his resignation]”. 

The appeal OWL will make, according to its leaflet, is the “localism” of village residents who “simply want a responsive, accountable council offering good services at a fair cost”. 

Who could dispute that? If an OWL does fly into Aughton & Downholland, the Tory majority last time was only 266. Independent minded residents and some disenchanted Labour voters might lend their votes to the OWL?


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