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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".

Senior Golfers Facing Discrimination At The Beacon Park Golf Course?

You’d think that the wise words of Rupert Soames, the Chief Executive of Serco Group plc

on 24th April 2020 when he wrote about the Beacon Park Golf Course that “Suspended membership payments leaving us with no income …is a financial and operational disaster” would mean any income from people playing golf again would be welcomed?

So it comes as a surprise that a deliberate decision is to stop the most loyal members from arranging competition block bookings this coming weekend. Two Senior players would go out and maintain social distancing and other Senior pairs would follow at set times. It’s standard procedure. Block booking keeps the competition orderly.

Unfortunately it seems that the Serco Leisure Area Manager has refused the request of the Seniors for the block bookings they sought, apparently on grounds of them not now having enough members. Readers might think Rupert Soames would be rejoicing that groups of golfers are willing to pay to play on the ruinous burned out golf course, rather than to be paid to play on it!

It seems to some Seniors this ruling is discriminatory and probably unlawful. Equality must surely apply to these elderly golfers, by virtue alone of the “Seniors” title their club is known by, and it is known how long the BPGC has by custom and practice allowed for block bookings? Certainly long before Serco Leisure were tragically awarded the BPGC lease?

WLBC should review the facts of this unseemly decision, particularly what the WLBC legal view is of the imposition that Serco Leisure has informed Senior players of? It seems to be a matter of some urgency for the coming weekend.

Meanwhile, golfers will be amused by the latest  “Doing a Dominic” as a golfing term, as shown below.

The Serco Golf Course “Dry Run”.

Below, we show photographic evidence of Beacon Park Golf Course as Serco offers the senior golfers a “dry run” today. It involves no watering, of greens or any other part of the course. It demonstrates how little Beacon Park Golf Course matters to West Lancashire elected members and the Leisure Services department. It’s a disgrace that requires an inquiry how this incompetent sham is allowed to continue.


Who in WLBC believes this, above, is worth any payment for a round of golf? Is there any elected member who continues to believe Serco Leisure Operating Ltd should be involved in any “service” to West Lancashire?



Why Does The Cost Of Elected Councillors Matter To Tax Payers?

How many council tax payers are of pensionable age and depending on low incomes to fund excessive numbers of councillors?

We are told the basic allowance for 54 elected members is £4,842 per annum. But the total bill for members is £341,504.61 for 2018/19, and the average amount is £6,324, including the add-ons for what is called “Special Responsibility Allowances”. [Source “WLBC Scheme for Payment of Members’ Allowances”].

Reducing the number of elected members to 36 would save far more than we are led to believe. It’s time to deliver. Let’s be rid of the part-time/none-attenders and pay for those members who would work for all taxpayers. An annual £227,664 cost is an attractive starter for just 36 members?  As should be a scheme of no attendance, no payments. 

Rosie Cooper MP Calls For Burscough Protection

And before you think it concerns protecting Burscough from its flooding and raw sewage problems, yesterday West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper

called on West Lancashire Borough Council to ensure that no demolition works take place at Burscough FC’s Victoria Park that are in breach of planning conditions.

Burscough Independent Supporters Association

and many residents have raised urgent concerns with MP Rosie upon hearing that the canteen is set to be demolished on Monday 1 June. They believe this will be a clear breach of the planning conditions which were set as part of the permission granted to build homes on Victoria Park.

This permission was conditional on the new ground being fully ready to be used in a ‘fit for purpose condition” and available before any development work could take place.

Rosie Cooper said “After receiving even more reports of breaches of planning at Burscough Football Club I have urgently written to West Lancashire Borough Council’s Chief Operating Officer calling on the council to step in and ensure that no planning breaches are or have occurred.

“With the information provided to me stating the canteen is set for demolition on Monday in breach of planning conditions, I have asked the council to urgently consider any actual or potential breaches and whether there is a risk to Council assets, and if so what urgent action they now intend to take.

“There must not be any leeway granted, if work is taking place in breach of planning permission set then immediate enforcement action must be taken in the interests of the council, council taxpayers and the Burscough community”.

If the Burscough Labour stacked-up Planning Committee can’t stop this today, and it might already be too late if developers are on site early, what chance democracy with developers running the borough planning process? Just like the Beacon Park Golf Course, all Council assets, who cares?