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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".

Ongoing Relief From Covid-19

The West Lancashire relief from Covid-19 was extended today as no more deaths were recorded in Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust Hospitals.

But the World Health Organisation has warned the coronavirus pandemic has still not reached its peak, as lockdown measures are relaxed to make international travel easier. In most of the world the virus is not under control. It is getting worse.

I Saw This On The BBC And Thought You Should See It

England’s future water supplies at “serious risk”.

Some parts of England will run out of water within the next 20 years unless “urgent action” is taken. That’s the view of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in a report on the state of water supplies. It’s calling on the government to establish a league table for water companies to pressure them into dealing with leaks. It also wants efficiency labels on domestic products like washing machines and dishwashers to be made compulsory.

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It’s led to some less than impressed locals making comments, especially from our oft-flooded out Burscough friends “Strange this report on the shortage of water, while in Burscough we have a oversupply, so much that it frequently comes back up the highway drains and due to clay gardens it takes ages to penetrate the soil or evaporate. Don’t know why developers’ don’t build fresh water swimming pools as a sales feature into developments.

And “Next time I am up to my knees in floodwater, I must remind myself just how fortunate I am to be preserved from the “Jaws Of Death”.


Council Committee Cock-Up

WLBC states “Agenda-Virtual Meeting (adjourned until 16/7/20), Planning Committee – Thursday, 9th July, 2020 7.00 pm”.

An independent report suggests “10 minutes in and the link cocks up and no one can watch or listen! Meeting to be held again next Thursday, all speakers have to go through it all again and Cllr O’Toole reported to have stated that workmen are ready on site in Scarisbrick to start work first thing in anticipation of approval”.
Does that mean enforcement action will be taken? No comment yet from WLBC press office.

News From Our London Based Councillor

Hullo, it’s me again

with news about our Conservative Aughton & Downholland Cllr Sam Currie, twinned with London.

You will recall what Sam told us in January…”This morning I spoke to my group leader at West Lancs and told him of my decision not to seek re-election in May. I still own my home in West Lancs but recently moved my life to London so it’s the only way forward. I celebrated by emailing the council about dog poo in my ward”.

Yesterday Jul 9 2020, Sam told us “As an estate agent in London can I just say that if @RishiSunak ‘s budget plan was to kick start the property sector then my word has it worked. We’ve got more leads from first time buyers this morning alone than we have had at any point in living memory Bravo, sir”.

Sam has a current attendance record for his elected duties of only 57%, probably via virtual meetings, but paid 100% of allowances. You might think this is Tory initiative, or screwing the Aughton & Downholland electorate. As for a “point in living memory” he’s already only remembered for his ability to spot and report dog poo. 


West Lancashire Clear Of Covid-19?

Once again today, West Lancashire has no recorded deaths from Corid-19. The total losses remain at 149.

Oxford University’s Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science suggests that ‘potential future’ Covid-19 hot spots include; 

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 The residential area between Ormskirk and Aughton, containing Aughton Park railway station, is the at most risk area in the NHS West Lancashire region. With 1,432 residents in the area in and around Long Lane, Prescot Road, Black Moss Lane, and New Lane, 12 general care hospitalisations per 1,000 people are expected in the event of a second wave. A further five acute care hospitalisations per 1,000 residents is also expected.

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 To the immediate west of Ormskirk town centre is the second most at risk area in the West Lancashire NHS region. With a population of 1,079 in the area including Cottage Lane, Redgate, Redwood Drive, and Beechwood Drive, 12 general care hospitalisations per 1,000 people are expected in a second wave. A further 4.8 acute care hospitalisations per 1,000 residents has also been predicted.


Over 75s Screwed By BBC And Government For TV Licence Scam

Are you over 75? How do you feel about being screwed by the BBC and the Government?

While £billions are bandied around ad lib, and not a hope in hell of them being repaid, this government is ignoring the intent of the bloated BBC to hit over 75s with the tax to pay overpaid “talent” in what is a scam.

AgeUK writes “I’m really shocked to say the BBC have announced they will go ahead with their plans to make people over 75 who aren’t on Pension Credit pay for their TV licences from 1st August.
“I’m bitterly disappointed that they’ve decided to go ahead with this in the midst of the difficulties Covid-19 has brought us. I can imagine you are too. The last thing older people need to be worrying about is how to scrape together the money to pay for their licence or lose their TV altogether. You’ve told us you rely on your TV now more than ever.

“We won’t stop fighting to save free TV licences. Together over 630,000 of us signed our petition, wrote in our thousands to the Prime Minister and kept this issue in the headlines for well over a year.

“We believe the Government should never have handed this welfare payment to the BBC in the first place and it’s time for the Government to step in and work with the BBC to save it.

“The BBC have said no one will be expected to pay for a new licence until they have been contacted by a letter from TV Licensing and either claimed a free licence or agreed a payment plan. We will let you know when the BBC send out their official letters and tell you what they look like. For now, if you are over 75 please ignore any emails or letters you receive asking you to pay your TV licence as they may be a scam”.

Not may be, they ARE a scam! How else can you describe the so-called right of the BBC to insist on this “age” tax so as to pay salaries up to £2million for a football catch-up?


Team Drainage UK, Job Creation For Skelmersdale

As Rosie Cooper MP points out, Skelmersdale firm Team Drainage UK is looking to recruit 12 new staff in the coming weeks.  

Rosie Wrote “Congratulations to Team Drainage UK on their first birthday and their continued business growth which provides jobs in Skelmersdale and West Lancashire. Steve Scholes, Owner and Managing Director, and the team have worked hard to build up their business while continuing to offer training and employment opportunities to local residents. Especially welcome is the news of twelve new jobs at what is a difficult economic time. I wish them all the success as they continue to grow and deliver drainage solutions to residents and businesses across West Lancashire and beyond”.

Steve Scholes writes “One feature of the business is local domestic septic tank emptying. We quickly realised that the local community was being charged an extortionate amount for such a service and so we decided to use our own method and show the local community what we could do. We found a way that we could carry out the emptying of any size tank for at least 25% less than what people were paying”.
“We decided to train all of our drainage engineers in Geo Positioning and Topographical Survey methods, meaning we can carry out various works on site without introducing more personnel. This, we believe, is a UK first. However, we have gone one step further; we are now training all of our Jetting and Vacuum engineers to carry out drainage camera surveys whilst cleansing your drainage assets.
“By Multi skilling the workforce we are able to reduce our costs, speed up delivery, comply with COVID 19 regulations plus adhere to our carbon footprint. I’m really excited about showcasing our services locally and nationally over the coming months and years, as I believe we have Unique selling points to help local authorities save money, which can then be put towards other important matters.”

“Please contact Team Drainage UK on 01695 768 714 for all your drainage requirements whether it small or large, we can help”.

End The Privatisation Of The NHS

Voters overwhelmingly want to see an end to privatisation in the health service after the coronavirus crisis has ended, according to a new survey.

The Survation poll for We Own It, the think tank that campaigns for public ownership, found that 76 per cent of the public want to see the NHS “reinstated as a fully public service” against just 15 per cent who wanted to see continued involvement of private companies.

The poll comes at a time when government use of the private sector is on the increase, with estimates of as much as 26 per cent of the NHS budget being spent on contracts with the independent sector.

The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown a spotlight on the delivery of health services by private companies. The government has come under fire for handing contracts to run coronavirus testing services to commercial companies rather than involving local public health experts, and Boots was forced to back away from a plan to use volunteers to staff centres, following an investigation by The Independent.

A leaked email revealed Rupert Soames, chief executive of outsourcing giant[corrupt]  Serco, said he hoped involvement in the test and trace operation would “cement the position of the private sector” in the NHS supply chain.

Released as the NHS celebrates its 72nd birthday, the poll, seen exclusively by The Independent, found that 78 per cent of those questioned think it should receive more public funding to deliver services, compared to just 11 per cent who thought profit-making companies should be given more public money to run health services.

Asked on what basis the health service should be operated, an overwhelming 83 per cent said it should be nationalised and run in the public sector, compared to just 9 per cent who thought it would be better to privatise it and have it operated by commercial companies.

Pascale Robinson, We Own It campaigns officer, said “The NHS has never been so vital as during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s saved thousands of lives, and kept millions of us safe. Sadly, it went into this crisis with one hand tied behind its back. After decades of cuts, privatisation and outsourcing, responding to health emergencies has become harder and harder.

“Huge chunks of our health service has been handed over to private companies, and it’s been a disaster both before and during the crisis. This poll is crystal clear – the public want an end to the calamity of privatisation, and our NHS to be reinstated as a fully public service. It’s time for the government to listen”.

Clap For Carers, Now Clamp For Carers?

Benefits Of Working For The West Lancashire Borough Council

“Car Parking. There are ample car parking facilities at all of our sites and all Council employees receive free car parking”.

Benefits of working for the NHS. “Car parking. NHS staff pay to park to go to work in our hospitals”.

Because of coronavirus, free parking for NHS staff by NHS Trusts was introduced. So far that has not ended and nothing has changed since the announcement on 25 March.  However, free parking for staff has only been made possible by support from local authorities and independent providers and this support cannot continue indefinitely.

Health minister Edward Argar has now said he is looking at how long the support will “need” to go on. “The government wants to make good on its promise of free hospital parking for the disabled, frequent outpatient attendees, and parents of sick children who are staying overnight and night shift workers.

“Implementation of this commitment has been on hold whilst the NHS has been managing the COVID-19 pandemic and devoting its hospital parking capacity to staff and other facilities necessary for managing the pandemic”.

Alex Flynn, chief of staff of the British Medical Association, tweeted “From clap for carers, to clamp for carers the government needs to think again. Keep it free like Wales and most of Scotland”.

Are we finished with “Saving the NHS” and back to “Screwing the NHS”? Have we clapped the NHS and now we will watch clamping of NHS workers? Are the smug free parkers of WLBC not ashamed to take this benefit? It’s not free, it’s charged against all WLBC taxpayers, including NHS staff who live in West Lancashire. Not bad for a Labour controlled WLBC just following what the Tory controlled WLBC did?