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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".

The New Local Government Model Code Of Conduct

“Thank you to the hundreds of you who tuned in live this week to view our LLG Webinar on the Model Code of Conduct. Judith Barnes and David Kitson from Bevan Brittan provided an oversight of standards, the Localism Act and the LGA’s model code of conduct, with some really useful insights and commentary. So, what do we know and what do we think?

“Well, we know from our recent survey that only 20% of respondents are adopting the code with 55% deciding not to adopt at this time. Let’s be honest about this, the code is a significant improvement on what went before and frankly, not only does the code acknowledge its a template for adoption as is or with amendments and that it will be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure it remains fit for purpose; drafting a model code in the current climate without a change to legislation or teeth of sanctions was inevitably going to be an uphill struggle for uniform adoption to say the least.

“So, this is a first step, and there is plenty of scope in the production of guidance to really provide something practically useful. To that end, LLG along with other stakeholder groups are inputting into that guidance and we really need you to comment on the detail of the model code so that we can feedback as part of the process.

“Social media for example is mentioned only briefly- should it go further?; does the provision around confidential information give rise to confusion?; are you concerned about the lack of time-limit on registering refusals of gifts and hospitality? What do ‘significant gifts’ mean? What actions (sanctions) can be taken on finding a breach of the code? Your feedback will be essential to craft both the guidance and the code moving forward so please do get in touch. This is our opportunity to work proactively and positively with the LGA for the benefit of local authority law and governance.

West Lancashire Borough Council still operates a 2018/19 version.

WLBC STANDARDS COMMITTEE ANNUAL REPORT 2018/19

1.0 INTRODUCTION. The Council has a statutory duty to promote and maintain high standards of conduct and have in place arrangements to deal with standards issues and case-work. On 19 June 2012 Council considered proposals in relation to the introduction of a new Standards regime as required by the Act and agreed the establishment of a Standards Committee from 1 July 2012.

The main role of the Standards Committee is to promote and maintain high standards of conduct throughout the authority and create a sense of ‘ethical well-being’. The Standards Committee and the Monitoring Officer are at the heart of the standards framework. They promote, educate and support Councillors and Co-opted Members within West Lancashire in following the highest standards of conduct. 1.1 Role and Function of the Standards Committee.

WLBC PARTNERSHIP GOVERNANCE

Governance arrangements are in place for partnerships that are appropriate for the specific arrangement. For example, there is a framework of contracts governing the Council’s relationship with the Leisure Trust/Serco and Lancashire County Council/BT Lancashire Services (BTLS) and a Parish Charter on joint working with Parish Councils.

West Lancashire Coronavirus Update

The Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust hospitals reported 25 new people had a confirmed positive test result on 24 February 2021. Between 18 February 2021 and 24 February 2021, 152 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows a decrease of 23.6% compared to the previous 7 days.  The cumulative total is 8,427, that’s 7,372.3 per 100,000 of our population.

Sadly there were 2 deaths within 28 days of a positive test for coronavirus reported on 24 February 2021. Between 18 February 2021 and 24 February 2021, there have been 8 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. This shows a decrease of 11.1% compared to the previous 7 days. We have lost 385 members of our community.

In England 15,398,055 people had been given a first vaccine dose by the end of 23 February 2021. 528,360 people had been given a second dose by the end of 23 February 2021.

Are These Your Cannabis Plants?

Neighbourhood Watchers have been notified of a large cannabis find in a country lane in Aughton.

Local police have told us “Your local neighbourhood officers have come across a large amount of cannabis plants dumped on a rural lane. If anyone has any knowledge of the owner of this please get in touch so we can speak to them in relation to this matter”.

Packed and ready to go!

PMQs Rosie Cooper On Flooding Affecting West Lancashire Schools

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There has been much focus of late on children returning safely to school. In my constituency, successive cohorts of pupils have had to wade through overflowing drains to get into school, and they are routinely evacuated from flooded classrooms. That takes a huge toll on the quality of their learning. Will the Prime Minister work again with Lancashire County Council and the headteacher of Town Green Primary School to ensure that no child in West Lancashire loses a vital day of education, especially to flooding-related issues? (912360)” 

I sympathise very much with the hon. Lady’s constituents and the pupils who have to put up with disruption caused by flooding. I know that the Environment Agency continues to work very actively with the county council to resolve the issues and that the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Minister has written to her about what more can be done”.

West Lancashire Loses Community Members To Coronavirus

The West Lancashire Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust hospitals reported 16 new coronavirus infections today, that’s now 8,402 infections per 7,350.4 per 100,000 of our population. Between 17 February 2021 and 23 February 2021, 157 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows a decrease of 20.7% compared to the previous 7 days.

Sadly there were 3 deaths within 28 days of a positive test for coronavirus reported on 23 February 2021. Between 17 February 2021 and 23 February 2021, there have been 7 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. This shows a decrease of 36.4% compared to the previous 7 days.

The Great Gushing Gratitude We Owe WLBC For The Beacon Park Golf Course Management

In March/April 2005 we had the astonishing success of the Beacon Park Golf Course writ large in official minutes, courtesy of “Relevant Portfolio Holder: Councillor David Westley and The Deputy Chief Executive. That, subject to the agreement of Council the Deputy Chief Executive, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Community Services be authorised to negotiate and conclude a further management agreement and grant of a lease (subject to all necessary consents being obtained) with DCT Leisure of the land and premises at Beacon Park for a period of 5 years, with a further 2 options to renew the arrangements for a further 5 year period.

“BACKGROUND At its meeting on 25th January 2000 the Transportation and Amenities Committee authorised the Director of Development and Amenities to select a private sector partner, and to negotiate and enter into a contractual arrangement for the provision of golfing services at Beacon Country Park. This was undertaken and DCT Leisure was chosen.

“DCT Leisure commenced the partnership at the Beacon on 24th July 2000. Capital investment in the course and centre over the first 5 years has totalled approximately £120,000. The District Council has relinquished all operating costs for the facilities, with the exception of structural maintenance to the buildings, and presently receives fees from DCT Leisure of approximately £25,000 per annum. This contrasts with an operating deficit of £106,000 in the year prior to DCT Leisure being engaged.

“DCT have made a request to have a further two five year options in the lease, which, if taken up, would take it to 2020. They have indicated that they want these extension options to enable them to recoup the benefit of further capital investment that they have indicated they would wish to put into the facility. This additional investment would include improvements to the course, purchasing of new maintenance equipment, upgrade of the driving range, provision of cafeteria/brassiere open to all users of the Country Park, investigation of new mini golf facility, and general improvements to the centre and surrounds.

“Members may wish to acknowledge the success to date of the ground breaking partnership with DCT Leisure in managing the Beacon Park Golf Course over the last 5 years.

“DCT Leisure has greatly improved the course and centre facilities at Beacon Park, and the Council is in a much more favourable financial situation with their involvement. The number of rounds has increased by 30% from all time lows in the late 1990’s. There have been significant increases in the number of Club membership and annual contracts sold. The Council should, therefore welcome the take up by DCT Leisure of their initial 5 year option.

“Continuation of the lease for DCT Leisure would extend the period over which this Council would save on the operational costs of the golf course and centre, keeping only the responsibility for structural maintenance. It would also guarantee an income from the facility, presently standing at approximately £25,000 per annum.

“The Council and users of the facility have benefited greatly from the involvement of DCT Leisure at the Beacon Park Golf Course. On the results shown, improvement to facilities, and the financial outcome, it would appear to be appropriate to continue the partnership arrangement”.

As Shakespeare put it “But all that glitters is not gold! Often have you heard that told: Many a man his life hath sold, but my outside to behold: Gilded tombs do worms enfold”.

Mark Orde Prosser, Occupation Accountant, prepared the DCT Leisure Ltd accounts, about which in 2005 the company accountants stated “We have not been instructed to carry out an audit of the financial statements. For this reason we have not verified the accuracy or completeness of the accounting records or information and explanations you have given us and we do not therefore express an opinion on the financial statements”.

The fact is that the annual income to WLBC was based on a failing company that duly dissolved with VAT debts to HMRC and individual debts to redundant employees. A sordid period in the history of WLBC.

This below is the state of part of the Beacon Park Golf Course after 8 years of landfill. Does it represent best value to tax payers?

Working In The West Lancashire Wonderland

“WLBC is looking for an experienced Human Resource Business Partner to build critical relationships with the nominated management team and assist the Director and Heads of Service to implement people management and change processes.  You’ll work collaboratively, providing expert advice and coaching on a variety of complex casework and employment relations issues.

“The salary will be£27,741 to £29,577 per annum

“Behavioural Standards demonstrate the attitudes and approach we take to work. They say how we do things, how we treat others, what we say and how we say it and how we expect to be treated. The Behavioural Standards will help us to celebrate our achievements, talk about our aspirations and express how we would like to develop.

“All employees of the Council are expected to display the Employee Core Expected Behavioural Standards whilst they are undertaking their duties. Employees who are appointed as supervisors and managers are expected to display certain Manager Expected Behavioural Standards as well as the Employee Core Expected Behavioural Standards.

“Putting Customers first. Who are Our Customers? Understanding customers and putting customers at the heart of everything we do. In the context of the Council a customer is a person with whom an employee has dealings with in carrying out their duties. This can mean citizens, colleagues, Councillors, external agencies. It is not confined to the traditional view of an external customer being seen as a client”.

ROLE PROFILE (westlancsjobs.co.uk)

You can read the full bullshittery above, and then apply!

West Lancashire Coronavirus Update

The West Lancashire Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust hospitals reported 32 new coronavirus infections today. The total is now 8,386 infections, that’s 7,336.4 per 100,000 of our community. Between 16 February 2021 and 22 February 2021, 176 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows a decrease of 7.4% compared to the previous 7 days.

There were no deaths within 28 days of a positive test for coronavirus reported on 22 February 2021.

Between 16 February 2021 and 22 February 2021, there have been 8 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. This shows an increase of 14.3% compared to the previous 7 days.

Coronavirus Decreasing In West Lancashire?

The West Lancashire Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust hospitals reported 19 new coronavirus infections today, that’s 8,354 infections  and 7,308.5 per 100,000 of our population.

Between 15 February 2021 and 21 February 2021, 179 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows a decrease of 0.6% compared to the previous 7 days.

There were no deaths within 28 days of a positive test for coronavirus reported on 21 February 2021.   Between 15 February 2021 and 21 February 2021, there have been 8 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. This shows a decrease of 11.1% compared to the previous 7 days.