Having sought continuously for years to find how and why West Lancashire Borough Council corruptly allowed the Beacon Park Golf Course to become a landfill royalty bonanza for private, criminal, tax-avoiding companies, WLBC has given me a red card. I’ve been sent off. I’m vexatious. I’m sarcastic. I’m obsessive. I’m a distraction. I’m a burden. I reply to emails at weekends. I’m a pain in the council’s arse. I’ve upset Serco. And I plead guilty as charged m’lud!
From WLBC “Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information
“Thank you for your email(s) dated 9th and 10th October 2020 requesting information about the Beacon Park Golf Course
“Having considered your request(s), it is the Council’s view that these requests for information is deemed vexatious and therefore the information is exempt from disclosure under S14(1) Freedom of Information Act 2000.
“West Lancashire Borough Council is therefore refusing any further correspondence on this matter on the grounds that:- The Council has already received a very high volume and frequency of correspondence concerning requests for information about the Beacon Park Golf Course and its contractual agreements with Serco and West Lancs Community Leisure Trust which we have responded to.
“The haranguing tone of the correspondence indicated that the requests are obsessive.
“The persistent nature of correspondence and requests for information can adversely affect the wellbeing of officers having to deal with them which have instances included sarcastic remarks which would constitute as harassment of council staff. This also includes a number of emails to council officers directly and sent to them over weekends too ignoring our policy on Freedom of Information requests which is clearly signposted.
“The volume, length and overlapping nature of the requests would be a distraction from the Council’s core functions and impose a significant financial burden”.
My reply “Thank you for sending me the decision of West Lancashire Borough Council that my concerns about the council, public, owned Beacon Park Golf Course are vexatious to it. WLBC has been aware for a long time that corruption arising from the Beacon Park Golf Course “development” has been widely known from its inception, details of which I hold. WLBC allowed some publicly proven corrupt companies into the royalties for landfill fraud.
“WLBC did no due diligence on the company DCT Leisure Ltd that held the “franchise” to run the golf course while it corruptly avoided VAT commitments to HMRC. Indeed WLBC made public complementary remarks about DCT Ltd in meetings and minutes.
“WLBC did no due diligence on a company director having been corruptly avoiding its VAT commitments to HMRC, and whistleblowers were ignored when that company, Oakland Golf & Leisure Ltd, applied for and received planning permission at the Beacon Park Golf Course.
“You refer to how I “can” adversely affect the wellbeing of officers, without stating that I have done so. Indeed I am aware of officers having enjoyed reading how I have exposed what WLBC has been in ignorance of, or in denial of, the royalties for landfill fraud.
“And as for the “weekend” emails, do I have to provide proof to you of WLBC emails to me timed at 17.59 on Fridays, which I responded to by Monday mornings?
“Finally, I notice your mention of “Council’s core functions” and I take the opportunity, reluctantly, to accuse WLBC of blatant disregard for the rights, of equality and non-discrimination, of the longstanding and loyal Senior Golfers of the Beacon Park Golf Club. They have enjoyed the pleasure of winning county honours, a Motion of Congratulations at the Borough Council, and now the ignominy of what amounts to eviction by the process endorsed by WLBC of the ruination of the Beacon Park Golf Course.
“I hope you, WLBC, can live with this dismal and appalling chapter in the history of the Beacon Park Golf Course that you, and you alone, have created”.