On the West Lancashire Borough Council website today “This 18-hole golf course is a picturesque testing ground set high above the Lancashire plain. The 5,996 yard course has a par of 72”.
You notice the heap of landfill in the background, picture taken today? And not “was” a picturesque testing ground, but “is” as of 17 May 2020. Of course, we all know it isn’t “a picturesque testing ground” but WLBC can’t admit it. Our council is in breach of the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 which remains in force in England, and of course there is the Consumer Rights Act too.
This, below, is another picture of a “yellow green” at Beacon Park Golf Course now that the course is open again.
There is a “West Lancashire Borough Council Playing Pitch Assessment” that includes “The capacity for pitches to regularly provide for competitive play, training and other activity over a season is most often determined by their quality. As a minimum, the quality and therefore the capacity of a pitch affects the playing experience and people’s enjoyment of a sport. In extreme circumstances it can result in a pitch being unable to cater for all or certain types of play during peak and off peak times”.
Or most of the time? Because these ARE extreme circumstances, the landfill royalty greed circumstances, that have made Beacon Park Golf Course become the worst managed municipal golf course in the country as parts of it disappeared under landfill. Below, a cracked green, not watered, because it is apparent that irrigation pipes have been damaged and there is no piped water to reach the parched greens.
And, states WLBC, “Presenting an accurate picture of current demand for playing pitches (i.e. recording how and when pitches are used) is important in order to carry out the full supply and demand assessment. Demand for playing pitches tends to fall within the categories: Organised competitive play; Organised training; and Informal play. In addition, unmet and displaced demand for provision is also identified on a sport by sport basis. Unmet demand is defined as the number of additional teams that could be fielded if access to a sufficient number of pitches (and ancillary facilities) was available. Displaced demand refers to teams that are generated from residents of the area but due to any number of factors do not currently play within the area”.
Vandalism of a municipal golf course by planning consent by the municipality that holds the stewardship of it is neglect, pure and simple. To allow it to last from the first planning consent in 2011 to 2020, nine years and counting as you see it today, isn’t just neglect, it’s criminal!