Monthly Archives: October 2020

Relentless Coronavirus Infections In West Lancashire

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The West Lancashire Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust hospitals have reported 63 new cases of coronavirus infections today, bringing the cumulative total to 3,300, that’s 2,887 infections per 100,000 of the population.

Sadly our Hospital Trust also reported two further deaths, including one on October 29 and one on October 30. The borough has suffered 196 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic started.

Saturday Satire “What Our Government Won’t Do Our Council Won’t Do”

We now know WLBC hasn’t got any intention of helping to fill the half term hunger gap of some children who need temporary support to be fed by use of its “un-useable” reserves.

To paraphrase Rosie Cooper “The old Conservative trait of knowing the cost of everything and the value of nothing continues, with children being punished by this Government due to the pandemic” into “continues with 2,444 West Lancashire children not being supported and going hungry because the Labour Borough Council useable reserves cannot, or will not, be used to feed them”.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper had commented “I voted to support the Labour motion calling on Government to continue directly funding free school meals over the school holidays until Easter 2021.

“If passed, this would have meant over a million children including 2,444 here in West Lancashire being supported and not going hungry during the pandemic, a time where millions of families are feeling the strain of unemployment, furlough, reduced wages or reduced hours.

“To ensure that children continue to be nourished is the absolute least this Government could do, but sadly the Prime Minister and the Conservatives voted against feeding the children” which wasn’t quite true because there is direct funding if it’s used properly.


Over at QLocal Roger Blaxall published interesting news “From Love to Eat, Ormskirk ‘We are now offering free school meals in our Ormskirk cafe to any child that needs them over October half term? Together we can #endchildfoodpoverty.

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‘All our other cafes are in areas where the council are offering support through these challenging times, however not every child is this fortunate”.

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And at Skelmersdale Cafe “Oh wow I’ve just had a phone call off my boss who has asked me to get this out there, this half term we will also be offering a free children’s dinners/packed lunches for any family who have found themselves on hard times through this pandemic. Most of us have been there at one time or another wondering where our next meal is going to come from for our babies.

“So please if you need any help at all don’t be embarrassed come in and just ask for a child’s school meal no questions will be asked and we will gladly help you out. Or alternatively please ring us on 01695768726 and order over the phone and if we are in the area we will even deliver to you. I know a lot of people may feel embarrassed but please don’t be, there will be no judgements made, all we want to do is give people a helping hand if needed. You can also drop me an inbox if you are more comfortable doing it that way. Please don’t suffer we are all in this together”.

And that offer is posted on the Facebook of the Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council.
The moral of the story? Two small businesses paying business rates to WLBC in difficult times step in without hesitation to fund what WLBC won’t fund from unused business rates in reserve! And one of them highlights the difference between different councils, to the detriment of ours!

Floods Update

The Environment Agency has provided a further update on the latest situation on the heavy rain and flood risk in Lancashire over the next few days.

The Met Office weather warning for heavy rain over Lancashire remains in place until midnight on Sunday evening. As expected we have seen a break in the rain during the day today, but we continue to expected heavy rain to return this evening. The heaviest rain is expected to be over high ground.

Based on the current forecast, we have assessed there is a low risk of significant flooding from rivers and surface water in Lancashire today. With more rain predicted over the weekend, this may change and the flood risk may increase. The forecast also includes a very low possibility that there could be minor coastal flooding from spray.


There is currently one Flood Warning and two Flood Alerts in place in Cumbria and none in Lancashire. We are expecting to issue several flood alerts and possible flood warnings for Lancashire from this evening and over the weekend.

More information on flood warnings and flood alerts can be found at this link: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings

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Our teams continue to work out and about in Lancashire, clearing grids, checking defences and making sure our pumping stations are working. As always, we are ready and prepared to respond to any flooding incidents 24/7. We follow Government guidelines on social distancing at all times.

We continue to work with local authorities and other partners to reduce the risk of flooding. We urge people to check their flood risk, sign up for free flood warnings and keep up to date with the latest situation at https://www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk, call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or follow @EnvAgencyNW and #floodaware on Twitter. Please feel free to highlight these information sources via your own social media.

We also advise people to take care on coastal paths, stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through flood water as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car. We hope this information is useful to you. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries during office hours. For any queries out of office hours, please ring the Floodline number on 0345 988 1188.


The West Lancashire Coronavirus News And Outlook Remains Poor

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The West Lancashire Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust Hospitals have reported 62 coronavirus infections today and the number of cases reached 3,237, that’s 2,831.9 infections per 100,000 of the population.

Sadly, our Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust hospitals recorded three further deaths, including one on October 27 and two on October 28. The cumulative total is now 194 deaths.

WLBC Council Plan, Our Vision

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West Lancashire together; the place of choice to live, work, visit and invest.

Create empowered, engaged and inclusive communities


We want:
• Healthy resilient and engaged communities that work together to improve the places they live and work
• Everyone to have the same opportunities
• Thriving voluntary and community groups that support innovation and collaboration
• To work with partners for the good of local people
• Our citizens to access the benefits of being digitally engaged
• Councillors that are active and knowledgeable and support change at a local level
• To improve customer satisfaction

We will:
• Build on and develop strengths within local communities
• Engage with communities when making key decisions
• Use community networks to gain views from hard to reach groups
• Create innovative ways to listen to different community views
• Use Councillors’ existing reach and influence to provide community feedback to shape decision making
• Work with partners to develop a meaningful offer to support citizens to become digitally included
• Adopt a best practice model of consultation
• Listen and provide feedback to customers about how their views have improved services
• Develop neighbourhood plans with key partnerships committed to meeting the needs of our communities.


These partners for the good of local people? Are they LCC, United Utilities, Serco Leisure Operating Ltd, Network Rail, land developers? Will residents homes still be flooded? These active and knowledgeable councillors, will they still be allowed to absent themselves for six months and receive legal support to stay and be paid? Or leave to live and work in London while being paid? With empowerment, can we sack them?

Don’t Do As We Do, Do As We Say

If you were dreaming you might read that “West Lancashire Borough Labour Council is considering options to support a backdated challenge to itself over the Tory Council’s 2011 approval for the landfill at Beacon Park Golf Course”. And you might ask “When did Labour councillors turn up to photo shoots at Beacon Park Golf Course?”

The application for the Beacon Park Golf Course landfill development was approved by West Lancashire’s Planning Officers after a deal was agreed between Leisure Officers and rogue companies promised the benefits from royalties while destroying the value and beauty of the popular golf course.


Prior to the BPGC application being heard, the Tory West Lancashire Borough Council never submitted formal comments or objections to the application. And in our dream “But now we have the Parbold landfill outrage and it’s concentrated our minds on our past history. Just think, we might be seen as hypocrites”.

In Parbold “The Council’s cabinet has agreed to consider what options are available to work alongside campaign groups and residents to examine the approval, and whether there were any flaws in the process or withholding or misinterpretation of information presented”. In Beacon Park Golf Course “The Council’s cabinet has agreed nothing other than to deny the existence of a problem”.

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Portfolio Holders for Planning and Communities and Community Safety said “At every stage of the process we have worked with officers and councillors at West Lancashire Borough Council in putting forward our strong objections to the planning application for Parbold Hill Landfill. We share the frustration and anger of residents across West Lancashire at the disregard shown to this Lancashire beauty spot and the hundreds and hundreds of resident objections”.

“West Lancashire cannot be and must not be seen as the dumping ground of the North West. We have already had Whitemoss expanded and extended despite strong local objection, and here we see it again. Working with local campaigners, we will now consider how we can support any legal challenge and what grounds there may be. We fought hard against Whitemoss and we must do the same for Parbold Hill and protect West Lancashire from this destruction”.


What is this really all about? Parbold Hill is rather better known than Elmers Green Lane. Labour has apparently identified “the frustration and anger of residents across West Lancashire for Parbold Hill” while Labour has never identified “the frustration and anger of residents across West Lancashire for Beacon Park Golf Course”. It just discriminates against its senior golf clubbers.

It’s not a dream it’s a nightmare. Because it’s the Tory County Council that’s screwing Parbold Hill and it’s the Labour Borough Council that’s kept on screwing the Beacon Park Golf Course relentlessly since 2015 without intervention against the rogue developers.
You’ve got to wonder why?

Rosie Cooper Challenges Council On Yew Tree Farm Flooding

Rosie Cooper MP
                   Working Hard For West Lancashire

It’s reported that “Rosie Cooper has written to the Borough Council challenging their decision on Yew Tree Farm following recent flooding at the new development site”.

Despite only being barely populated, photographs supplied to Rosie show a surcharging manhole and flooding impacting on Higgins Lane and Truscott Road.

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Rosie said “After promises and assurances from WLBC, EA and other agencies that there would be adequate drainage on the Yew Tree Farm development, it is appalling that we already see flooding.


“With only a handful of houses built and occupied, this shows that Burscough residents’ fears of increased flooding may be becoming a reality.

“I have written to the Director at West Lancashire Borough Council asking whether they are still satisfied that the correct decision was made, and that the development is not contributing to flooding in the area and what can be done about it.

“I have also queried what monitoring they are undertaking to ensure all flood risk reduction conditions are being adhered to by the developers.

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“Residents of Burscough were clear at the time of the Local Plan in 2012, that they did not want these houses built because of their impact on the local drainage system, and it appears that their reasons were justified”.


West Lancashire Performance Management

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From WLBC “Performance management is not just collecting facts and figures. It’s about making sure that what is supposed to be done gets done.

“The council produces a number of strategies and plans directed at achieving our vision and priorities. These plans and strategies contain numerous tasks and targets which, when completed successfully, are the building blocks of our success. The authority’s principle strategy is its Council Plan. Progress against the Council Plan was reported in the Council Plan Annual Report 2019-20 (PDF 3.6MB).

“The council uses this framework of strategies and plans to effectively and efficiently manage the council’s performance in an open and transparent way. If we have not achieved something we have set out to do then we tackle it. Taking action in response to actual performance can help make outcomes better than they would otherwise be is performance management.

“Although performance management includes monitoring performance indicators, just as importantly it includes the monitoring of strategies and service development tasks, as well as any recommendations and action plans from inspections and reviews. We then assess and monitor our performance against our own previous achievements, and, where appropriate, the performance of other councils”.

The Council Plan will be the subject of intense scrutiny, coming soon.

The Astonishing Hypocrisy Of The WLBC Landfill Objectors

It’s reported that West Lancashire Borough Council may support attempts to overturn the controversial decision to allow landfill works which will block views across Parbold Hill. This is the same WLBC that allowed unlimited and unlawful landfill for vast private profits by Serco et al at the council owned Beacon Park Golf Course!

Apparently WLBC was among multiple local authorities to formally oppose the plan but Lancashire County Council’s Development Control Committee last week approved it by a vote of six to five.

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“West Lancashire Borough Council’s cabinet has agreed to consider what options are available to work alongside campaign groups and residents to examine the approval, and whether there were any flaws in the process or withholding or misinterpretation of information presented.

In a joint statement, portfolio holders Cllr Dave Evans (planning) and Cllr Gareth Dowling (communities and community safety) said “At every stage of the process we have worked with officers and councillors at West Lancashire Borough Council in putting forward our objections to the planning application for Parbold Hill Landfill.

“We share the frustration and anger of residents across West Lancashire at the disregard shown to this Lancashire beauty spot and the hundreds and hundreds of resident objections. West Lancashire cannot be and must not be seen as the dumping ground of the North West.

“We have already had Whitemoss expanded and extended despite local objection, and here we see it again. Working with campaigners, we will now consider how we can support any legal challenge and what grounds there may be. We fought hard against Whitemoss and we must do the same for Parbold Hill and protect West Lancashire from this destruction”.


How is that for political grandstanding! We didn’t notice any support for legal challenges against the Beacon Park Golf Course landfill. In fact the opposite, what WLBC calls “regularisation” of breached planning consents, has now become official policy.

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Let’s face it, when a WLBC leisure facility enjoyed by a huge golf club of elderly, senior, golfers is ruined, there hasn’t been a murmur of support for them nor a voice of dissent from this council. That it created wealth for the developers, Serco Leisure Operating Limited, Oakland Golf and Leisure Ltd, corrupt companies approved by WLBC officers without simple company checks for taxes and VAT corruption, tells us all how much this WLBC really cares.

This claim that “West Lancashire cannot be and must not be seen as the dumping ground of the North West” is bullshit! Just take a walk over to the Beacon Park Golf Course and see what a 2011 planning consent has created and not finished in 2020 as THE dumping ground of the north west! Wasn’t the Beacon Park Golf Course a beauty spot?

And while you are there look for any of the once vibrant senior golf club membership. You won’t see many, if any. You’ll have to go out of the borough to the Berrington Hall Golf Club in Rainford to find them. That’s what the Beacon Park landfill fraud and corruption did while the political deadbeats did their “see nowt, hear nowt, say nowt”, act.

NB It’s now reported that “The Development Control Committee passed this application, made up of Councillors from Lancaster, Fleetwood, Rossendale, Cleveleys, Fylde, Preston, Accrington and Morecambe. Do they know anything of our area? Not one Councillor on this Committee represents an area south of Preston and yet are responsible for decisions on waste management in this area!

 Voted for the landfill – Cllr Yates; Cllr Clarke; Cllr Eaton; Cllr Kay; Cllr Rigby; Cllr Towneley;  Abstained – Cllr Foxcroft;  Voted against the landfill – Cllr Crompton; Cllr Dad; Cllr Ellard; Cllr Hayhurst: Cllr Patterson.