A Local Embuggerance For Serco?

And not just for Serco, as we remind West Lancashire tax-payers just what was promised years ago, a split of the Beacon Park Golf Course profits. Imagine it, shareholders in a profitable business, long before Tawd Valley Developments Limited comes to fruition.

Surely Serco Leisure Operating Ltd rues the day when it was announced they accepted the contract to operate the Beacon Park Golf Course? Just wait until Rupert Soames sees its bottom line!

To quote the current WLBC Head of Wellbeing and Leisure 10 July 2020 “I can confirm that the overall business at Beacon Park Golf Course makes a loss, taken individually and with no further attributed costs, the hiring of buggies and functions are profitable”.

In 2011 “Serco have now concluded their discussions with Oaklands Leisure [Oakland Golf and Leisure Ltd] and have been able to project a positive financial position in future years. However the initial years of the improvement works will require Serco to cover operating losses”. [The initial NINE years of improvements and still a building disaster site?]

The “initial years” have become the “permanent ongoing years” with no end in sight, despite the optimism shown by the WLBC Head of Wellbeing and Leisure that “The remodelling works for the entire site, including both the nine hole and foot golf, are due to conclude late summer 2020 and are planned to be operational early summer 2021 following a period of planting/growing. It must be noted that both the completion of the remodelling and the re-opening of the site are weather dependant and have already been subject to delays due to the adverse weather conditions.

“Should any future operational models require consideration, the decisions will be taken by Elected Members of Council”. But as Our West Lancashire once asked? 

Well, elected members should recall this news issued to The Champion, published May 2016. “Last year, West Lancashire Borough Council told the Champion that the project had experienced delay and that re-profiling for the current works would be “completed by the autumn of 2015.” They now hope hardcore deliveries for these works will cease by the end of 2016, and that the nine hole par three course will be open in the summer of 2017.

A borough council spokesman commented “The new nine-hole par 3 golf course will be an exciting addition to the facilities at Beacon Park Golf Club and will assist in attracting new members. West Lancashire School Sports partnership has agreed to arrange junior access through schools when the new course opens. Work has also commenced to make changes to the golf club house and open up the facility to visitors from Beacon Country Park.

“These changes are essential to ensure that the golf course and club house meet the needs of golfers and the wider public thereby enhancing their attraction as a leisure facility. The works are being carried out through West Lancashire Community Leisure Trust and the Trust operating partners Serco Leisure Operating Limited, who are operating the golf course on behalf of the council.

“Planning approval was granted for the works which specified the type of materials, estimates for the total hardcore infill, site access arrangements and delivery times for materials to be brought to site. The golf course operator has assured the Council that every load brought on to the site has had a full soil sample report with it and the Council is aware that the Environment Agency has been involved in monitoring the site work.

“Work to create the new nine-hole course was planned for four areas of the course, but following discussions with golfers, the Leisure Trust has decided not to proceed with two of these phases. This will reduce the amount of hardcore coming to the site, and disruption to the course and local residents.

“The remaining area of development for the course on the old driving range is now underway and will provide additional facilities. The Council hopes hardcore deliveries for these works will cease by the end of 2016. The council expects the nine hole par three course to be open in the summer of 2017, subject to there being enough good weather for landscaping to be carried out. The new Footgolf facility which is being developed on the old driving range is expected to be ready by spring 2018”. Now it’s 2021. Was there ever a shambles, an embuggerance, like this in the history of the Borough?

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