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About westlancashirerecord

I am a pensioner. I was a strong supporter of the rights of elderly and disabled residents of West Lancashire to receive equal treatment from the old Tory WLBC that unfortunately did not agree, leading to the social exclusion of some immobile disabled residents. My personal suggestion of honouring the County Regiment led to us having probably the proudest day ever in West Lancashire, with the help of Cllr Adrian Owens who wrote "You will be pleased to learn that this evening the motion passed unanimously. Colonel Amlot from the Regiment was accorded a standing ovation and we look forward to a parade and march through Ormskirk next year. Thank you". After the Parade I wrote to Cllr Owens "I was reading through the emails we exchanged after I made the suggestion to honour our County Regiment. As you said today, we got there in the end, and what an end? This celebration of our Regiment was quite simply, as my original mail said, the greatest honour of all. To see all these young people who risk their lives for us was so moving. Little did I know what Council could do and how our residents would react to it all. Well, we should all be so proud of this great day. I know I am".

West Lancashire Leisure Partnership Cabinet “Working” Group

WLBC has a leisure working group that seems not to be working!

Perhaps they are taking a long term leisure break?

On the Council Website “This page lists the meetings for West Lancashire Leisure Partnership Cabinet Working Group. Then “More information about West Lancashire Leisure Partnership Cabinet Working Group. And “No West Lancashire Leisure Partnership Cabinet Working Group meetings are available for browsing”.

Members are Councillor Ian Moran (Chairman), Councillor Yvonne Gagen (Vice-Chair), Councillor John Cairns, Councillor David Westley, Councillor Kevin Wright, Councillor Adam Yates.

“West Lancashire Community Leisure is owned by Serco Ltd (the “Council”) but is operated by the Trust with Serco as the Trust’s managing agent. The Council will also access and process the personal information we hold about you in relation to our leisure centre services”.

Privacy Policy

1. Introduction

The West Lancashire Community Leisure (“the Trust”) and Serco Leisure Operating Limited (“Serco”) are committed to ensuring that your personal information is protected and that we are being transparent about the information we hold about you.

We have developed this Privacy Policy to ensure those who access and/or use our services are informed and confident about the security and privacy of their personal information.

Please read this Privacy Policy carefully, together with any other privacy notice we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal data about you, so you are informed about how and why we collect, store, use and share your personal information. This Privacy Policy also explains your rights in relation to your personal information and how to contact us or supervisory authorities in the event you have a complaint.

When we handle certain personal data about you, we do so subject to applicable data protection laws, including the General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679) and the Data Protection Act 2018. This Privacy Policy supplements our terms and conditions and is not intended to override them.

Our website may provide links to third party websites. We are not responsible for the conduct of third party companies linked to the website and you should refer to the privacy notices of these third parties about how they may handle your personal information.

2. Who We Are

When we say “we” or “us” in this Privacy Policy, we mean the Trust and Serco. Our business details are as follows: • West Lancashire Community Leisure • Serco Leisure Operating Limited (company number: 04687478) based at Serco House, 16 Bartley Wood Business Park, Bartley Way, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 9UZ

The Trust and Serco are each a Controller of your personal data. As the Trust and Serco work together and jointly determine the purposes and means of gathering and using your personal data, we are considered “Joint Controllers” of your personal data.

Serco Ltd

West Lancashire Community Leisure is owned by Serco Ltd (the “Council”) but is operated by the Trust with Serco as the Trust’s managing agent. The Council will also access and process the personal information we hold about you in relation to our leisure centre services.

18 Hole Golf Course

“Welcome to Beacon Park Golf Centre located in the heart of West Lancashire, where you can play a round of golf on our superb 18 Hole course.

Whether you are a budding pro or a beginner golfer our course will certainly provide an enjoyable experience”

such as these photographs for your delectation indicate below. How enjoyable can it be to trek through mud, pulling your golf cart through it just to try to reach the temporary first tee?

It’s taken Serco 5 years of “Course creation” to get to this stage, five years of landfilling for royalties. Probably why West Lancashire Leisure Partnership Cabinet Working Group is missing in case someone asks about it?

What Now For The Ormskirk Market?

It’s recorded that Ormskirk Market

is one of the country’s oldest and most traditional street markets, dating back to 1286 when the monks at nearby Burscough Priory,

founded back in 1190 by Robert Fitz-Henry, were granted a Royal Charter by Edward 1 to hold a weekly outdoor market. It is still a focal point for locals and visitors alike.

By now everybody in Ormskirk and West Lancashire generally will have heard of Graham Gilbert [pic and story courtesy of Roger Blaxall QLocal]

“who donned Victorian clothing on Saturday in his bid to save Ormskirk Market’s traditional stalls. He’s thanked the 421 shoppers on Ormskirk market on Saturday who signed his petition to ‘Keep Ormskirk’s traditional market stalls.

“His Victorian gentleman idea worked a treat, it was to remind people that these stalls are our heritage and have served generations of stallholders and market goers. He particularly thanked the girls in mobile café at the Clock Tower and in Love to Eat who kept him going with hot drinks and bacon sandwiches during his six hours stint.

“Graham, a carer and French property businessman, said “I’m stretched beyond belief but I’ve got to know I’ve done my absolute maximum to stop the council from making a monumental mistake. This is about raising awareness, most visitors to the market had no idea this was about to happen and they were appalled, as the petition numbers show. If this is what one man can do in one day what would it be like if I had some helpers?”

“What indeed. He wants more help from anybody who is interested in helping in any way, from individuals to help collect signatures to businesses who can help with photo copying or offering dry premises for people to sign on a rainy day.

“Please join me in Love to Eat café on Sunday 26th January and 2nd February at 2pm. Before starting this campaign I did a scrupulously impartial survey of all the stall holders (without prompting them either way) and exactly 70% of them said these changes will lead to the slow death of Ormskirk market”.

“This, he claims, gives the lie to the official line from the council that ‘the proposals are being introduced with the support of existing market traders’! This is a cost cutting measure too far, these stalls are Ormskirk’s Crown Jewels and just seven Labour councillors are pushing this through against the will of the people and the stall holders”.

“And he says “Not one has had the courtesy to reply to my extremely civil email on the subject addressed to each of them on 29th October, two are from Ormskirk and up for re-election soon”.

Four months of WLBC inactivity, lack of interest, or just plain couldn’t care less about the ancient and historic market?

Brexit Withdrawal Signed By Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has signed the Brexit withdrawal agreement in Downing Street.

The Prime Minister hailed a “fantastic moment” for the country after he put his name to the historic agreement, which paves the way for the UK’s exit from the European Union next Friday. He said he hoped it would “bring to an end far too many years of argument and division”.

“The signing is a fantastic moment, which finally delivers the result of the 2016 referendum and brings to an end far too many years of argument and division, we can now move forward as one country – with a government focused upon delivering better public services, greater opportunity and unleashing the potential of every corner of our brilliant UK, while building a strong new relationship with the EU as friends and sovereign equals”.

Independence, Freedom


Charles Michel “Today I signed the UK Withdrawal Agreement for the EU together with @vonderleyen

“Things will inevitably change but our friendship will remain. We start a new chapter as partners and allies. Hâte d’écrire ensemble cette nouvelle page”.

European Parliament vote on recommendation to MEPs to back Brexit deal passes. It passes 23 in favour, 3 against, no abstentions. And just like that the text is approved.

Optimism In Skelmersdale, Just Don’t Mention Beacon Park Golf Course

As the new dawn for Skelmersdale rose

on Rosie Cooper and WLBC Councillors [above] with building work beginning on the long-awaited town centre redevelopment, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said “I’m delighted that today marks the start of work on Phase One of Skelmersdale Town Centre which will bring new retail opportunities for the town. The new town centre will give a boost to the plans for a Skelmersdale Railway Station and encourage investment in the Concourse.

The Council now needs to press on with developing a ‘night-time’ economy for Skelmersdale including family restaurants and leisure facilities. It will also enable Skelmersdale shops and businesses to benefit from the ninety percent of Skelmersdale ‘spend’, which is actually spent outside of the town.

“I’ve always said Skelmersdale residents will remain sceptical until they see diggers on site, well they will soon be here working behind the hoardings which will be erected over the next few weeks”.

While construction work is taking place on phase one, and plans will also start to be developed for future phases, the people of Skelmersdale and the Borough as a whole will be consulted on these in due course. The town centre redevelopment scheme is a partnership between the Borough Council, Homes England and developer St Modwen, and supported by the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership, [seen digging holes].

And what about the scepticism over the Beacon Park Golf Course?

Talking of digging holes, sceptics will look at another Skelmersdale partnership development project, the failed and disastrous Beacon Park Golf Course landfill scheme which is quite simply a scandal emanating from within the borough. Show us the destination of all money, show us the total landfill income and distribution, show us the VAT paid, we have asked time and again. All we have is “Serco admits to receiving a mere £183,864” as related by Rupert Soames the Chief Executive at Serco Group Plc.

While Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council and portfolio holder for Regeneration said “This is a special day for the people of Skelmersdale as building work begins to make our new town centre a reality. Over the coming months the town centre development will take shape and we can all look forward to the day when we start shopping in these stores and our children are enjoying the play area”, nobody was looking forward too far!

“I want to thank everyone at West Lancashire Borough Council, St Modwen, Homes England and all our other partners who have helped make this happen. The scheme proves how ambitious the Council is for the economy of Skelmersdale and West Lancashire as a whole”.

Alex Jaques, St Modwen Development Director, said “St. Modwen is proud to be involved in this scheme to develop Skelmersdale town centre and we are delighted that construction work has begun on site”. The new scheme is expected to be completed late spring 2021″. We hope!

Does anyone remember when Beacon Park Golf Course was perfect?


is the fabulous Donald Steel designed course located in the picturesque Lancashire countryside. The first round was played at Beacon Park Golf & Country Club in the summer of 1982 when the course was opened by Sir Michael Bonallack and renowned designer Steel himself.

“Over the last 25 years the course has achieved a degree of maturity with excellent greens and striped, tree-lined fairways. Offering quality golf at a good price, Beacon Park is the perfect venue for societies and groups. You get a friendly welcome from the pro shop and the wide fairways are equally welcoming.

“The undulating course is not overly taxing to walk, although the last six holes are harder work, and it boasts good quality-greens and magnificent views of Skelmersdale, especially the back nine.

“There are a few blind tee shots but otherwise it’s all out in front of you and is usually found in excellent condition despite inclement weather. In addition to the course, there is a 20-bay floodlit driving range and a clubhouse and Brasserie Restaurant facility the quality of which raises many an eyebrow. Leather furniture ambient decor and superb cuisine complete the package”. But no longer!

West Lancashire Borough Council Draft Leisure Strategy 2015 – 2025

Golf. There are five golf clubs in West Lancashire; with the exception of Beacon Park they are all privately owned. Sport England recommends a 20 minutes drive time catchment for golf courses, on this basis the current supply in West Lancashire is sufficient for residents. The Borough is also bordered by several top class courses. West Lancashire Community Leisure has recently closed its driving range at Beacon Park due to a lack of demand/income but has plans to develop the leisure offer at the site and these include a new 9 hole par 3 course and junior facilities.

The golf course at Beacon Park is available for members and non members offering pay and play rates, together with competitions and club tournament events. The Course is to a Donald Steel layout and provides good competition play with enough character and features for a variety of playing ability. The inclusion of a new 9 hole par 3 course will provide additional facilities for both senior and junior development of the game”. It’s a shambolic part of what became  as Serco was served with a Breach of Condition Notice over”unapproved depositing of infill material”. 

Go today, and wallow in mud, glorious mud, and somewhere you might eventually find somewhere to play golf. 

Yesterday In Parliament

Rosie Cooper

voted NO 5 times re the votes on the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill – Rights related to residence: application deadline and temporary protection (22 Jan 2020). Voted no (division #20; result was 338 aye, 252 no)

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill – Interpretation of retained EU law and relevant separation agreement law (22 Jan 2020). Voted no (division #21; result was 348 aye, 247 no)

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill – Interpretation of retained EU law and relevant separation agreement law (22 Jan 2020). Voted no (division #22; result was 349 aye, 246 no)

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill – Arrangements with EU about unaccompanied children seeking asylum (22 Jan 2020). Voted no (division #23; result was 341 aye, 254 no)

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill – Regulations (22 Jan 2020). Voted no (division #24; result was 347 aye, 246 no)

Following these votes, when the legislation returned to the House of Lords later yesterday afternoon, after a further debate lasting barely half an hour, peers relented and opted not to object to the Government’s insistence on the Bill passing without amendment.

All that remains at the UK end now is for the Bill to receive Royal Assent, which is expected to come later today, followed by a formal signature on the Agreement from Boris Johnson, after which Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab can sign the UK’s ‘instrument of ratification’ which will then be deposited in Brussels ahead of exit [freedom] day.