Chalk And Cheese Enforcement

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has received confirmation from Lancashire County Council that they have issued enforcement notice to a landowner in Aughton about overgrown hedges.  

Following reports of the overgrown hedges on the footpath along Moss Delph Lane and Liverpool Road, Rosie raised concerns with the environment and transport director at LCC highlighting the danger they were posing to pedestrians.  

LCC have responded to Rosie confirming they inspected the area and subsequently instructed the landowner to cut these hedges back to their boundary line within 14 days, and if there is no response they can undertake the work themselves and recharge the costs to the landowner.

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Meanwhile, another landowner in West Lancashire, of the Beacon Park Golf Course, West Lancashire Borough Council itself, and Rosie Cooper, have been aware of the requirement of Serco Leisure Operating Ltd that “You remove all excess material placed on the land hatched black on Plan 2 dated 11 May 2018 to provide the land profile as defined…and contoured site plan all shown…received by the Local Planning Authority on 13 July 2011”. Time for compliance, six months beginning on the day on which this notice is served on you. Dated 16th May 2018.

Another time limited compliance, six months beginning on the day on which this notice is served on you. Dated 6th May 2018. So why did Serco admit to only starting compliance in April 2019 but has never finished it in November 2020, and why did, and does, WLBC allow the Serco criminal offence to go on without punishment? Somebody in WLBC knows but nobody is telling!

Perhaps the Aughton landowner should have “done a Serco” a phrase which is achieving lexicon status as in “doing a Serco”, by which the craven WLBC is seen as toothless and inept whatever and whenever its obligations to council tax payers arise in leisure services.

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