Seven Years And Counting

Holding West Lancashire Borough Council to account for a new 9 hole par 3 course and junior facilities at Beacon Park Golf Course. Landfill started on it in 2013. And soon it looked like this, picture courtesy of Google Earth.

But now in 2020 it looks like this, just last week, pictures on the ground.


So I asked “There are some leisure matters I wish to pursue, specifically relating to the Beacon Park Golf Course, which I visit as often as I can to keep abreast of the appalling state of the course and the out of control “developments” as they are described, on the land-filled former driving range and the supposed 9 Hole par 3 course and junior facilities.

“You will know the West Lancashire Borough Council Leisure Strategy 2015 – 2025 included a commitment for “plans to develop the leisure offer at the site and these include a new 9 hole par 3 course and junior facilities”. So will you confirm that commitment remains, and provide a timetable for completion of it, because it is currently sealed off by steel cage fencing with an instruction to keep out!

“As for the “state” of the 18 hole course itself my most recent visit to walk it was curtailed by the unusually poor state of the fairways and rough areas that were clearly neglected. Can you please confirm the current course maintenance staffing levels employed by Serco Leisure Operating Limited?

The Head of Wellbeing & Leisure Services, West Lancashire Borough Council writes “The West Lancashire Community Leisure Trust item on the Agenda of Corporate and Environmental Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Thursday 17th September 2020 was delivered in the form of a presentation rather than a report.

“The work to develop the 9 hole par 3 course and the junior facilities was initially delayed by poor weather in 2019 and, more recently, by the impact of the COVID19 pandemic. The target completion date for the work and the associated breach of condition notice is currently late summer 2021 [Taking us to 8 years and counting].

“There are currently two green-keepers who are employed to maintain the Golf Course. The Golf Course currently has 160 members”.

The follow-up to WLBC? “When was the proposed 9 Hole junior course last inspected by WLBC, by whom from WLBC, and is any such inspection report available to the public? Or is your reply to me based on Serco Leisure and or the Leisure Trust reporting to you?”

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