Last year We Reported

on “The One Minute Decision That Will Ruin Ormskirk Market?”

A WLBC Elected Councillor recently wrote “Seldom can I recall a council decision so poorly made and so poorly justified as the council’s planned changes to the operation of Ormskirk market from April. I’d much prefer to be able to show you the officer report which went to the council’s cabinet and critique it, but the report is private and confidential”.

Open data in the public sector is about increasing transparency and sharing the information we hold with the wider community. The Local Government Transparency Code places requirements on local authorities to publish information in order to increase democratic accountability and make it easier for local people to contribute to the local decision-making process and help shape public services.

Council expenditure, Procurement information, Payment Performance, Organisation chart, salaries and pay policy, Fraud, Land and property ownership, Social housing assets, Trade union facilities, Council constitution and meetings, Council tax, Elections, are all listed under transparency.

Sadly, transparency in and by WLBC is a disappearing trait. There are some serious issues, eg flooding in Burscough, the Ormskirk Market, the Beacon Park Golf Course, to name but three.

There will be council elections on 6th May. Will you vote for people who remain oblivious to the Local Government Transparency Code for their own ends?

1 thought on “Last year We Reported

  1. Adrian Owens

    Finally, we got the cost of the Wheatsheaf Walk project including the demolition of the ‘pagoda’ published this morning – only 8 weeks late! Apparently a computer glitch. The cost has gone up another £8000 with no explanation. Originally the project was going to cost £70,000 and that’s the figure published in all the public reports.


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