Historically the West Lancashire Green Infrastructure and Cycling Strategy was adopted and announced on Friday, October 06, 2017, when we wrote
“It makes the utterly ridiculous claim that there is a driving range at the Beacon Park Golf Course. We wrote “It must be this one below, which we took from landfill at least 80 feet high on what should become a foot golf course!” But hasn’t!
It claimed “Two notable areas of open recreational space in West Lancashire are: Beacon Country Park, situated on the eastern edge of Skelmersdale. This country park contains inter alia play areas, woodland, picnic areas, a network of paths, and a golf course/driving range”.
By chance I had received a letter from a long time and now elderly member of the golf course in response to my articles. He wrote “You tell us what is going on at Beacon Park Golf Course. What I can’t get my head round is councillors came to the Beacon Golf Course, saw the mess, and were never to be seen again. Cllr Gagen said she would try to get the Borough Cabinet meeting held at the club house to discuss the landfill. That must be over 2 years ago but never to be seen again. Then we had Cllr Terry Aldridge up there and the same again at least 18 months ago never to be seen again. We had our MP Rosie Cooper who sat in at the AGM of the Leisure Trust and the West Lancs Council, and last but not least Serco.
“Rosie Cooper had seen what had gone on with the tipping and the mess they had made especially with the driving range which is a total mess, worse even than the so called 9hole academy course. When Rosie Cooper heard that all the royalties from the tipping were going into Serco accounts and not the Trust or the Council accounts she was far from pleased. That was more than 12 months ago and low and behold never to be seen again yet you see them in the Champion every week.
“But then it’s ONLY SKEM. No Youth Clubs. No Sport Centre. No Glenburn Sports. Rumour has it NYE BEVAN POOL is going to close. WLBC babble on about keeping fit, especially the OAPs. It’s amazing all that money which was made from the tipping from Beacon Golf Course which is local tax payers money cannot be disclosed because there is no such thing as a “real” Freedom of Information Act. Just waiting for the time to come when they tell us the Beacon Golf Course is closing then the people of Skelmersdale will have nothing. How will the OAPs keep fit then, because there’s quite a lot of them who play golf at the Beacon?”
Three years on, what changed? Not so much West Lancs Now as West Lancs Never?