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".
Allow private companies like Deloitte to sit on boards that make decisions about how to spend NHS money.
Introduce the American model into our NHS where unaccountable decision making bodies prioritise profit margins and making savings over caring for people’s health. This model is likely to lead to cuts and closures of NHS hospitals and A&E.
Push more people to go private as cuts are made. Patients have already been promised greater rights to choose private treatment and have it paid for by the NHS.
Open the door to more cronyism – yet more contracts would be given to government pals like Serco, as we’ve seen in the pandemic, but without any competition – that’s what the government means by ‘reducing bureaucracy’.
What Can You Buy For £11.99 Today? A half decent bottle of Merlot at the Co-op and keep £2 in your pocket?
Or how much does it cost to be a candidate for election? Neil Campbell tells us what he paid. £11.99!
“Being called an “unusual independent campaigner” is quite a badge of honour in my book, perhaps Mr Westley doesn’t like the publication of negatives or “truths” as many of us deem them to be!
“I’m sorry but I didn’t know there was a candidate campaign “rule book” that I had to stick to, perhaps that’s the joy of being an independent rather than being stuck in an old style political rut.
“Mr Westley should reflect on why the “Independent” movement in local politics has such momentum and votes in these troubled times instead of making jibes. With no campaigning, leaflets or assistance, I received 20% of the votes in Halsall!
“My election costs were £11.99 in total and this will be declared in my submitted Candidate Return of Expenses form. Would Mr Westley like to disclose how much his party spent?
“I stood as an independent knowing there was only a small chance of victory and accept the outcome with no grudge or remorse and wish our newly elected councillor the very best of wishes in her new role. However by standing I have the moral position where I can highlight the failings of local government and hold them to account and as the leader of the party you should welcome this and you should remedy accordingly.
“The major issue for West Lancashire for the next 4 years is that with no overall control by one party, the excuse that West Lancashire will fall backwards is a fallacy. All party leaders must now work together for once, leaving aside their political views and be proactive in championing our county.
“I have no problem calling out any party or council, whether it’s at Borough or County level when promises of investment and improvements have been taken away, I have even offered an olive branch to work with our County Councillor to gain the much needed drainage upgrades to prevent further flooding, and awaiting a reply.
“Now that Mr Westley is back at County Hall, perhaps he may choose to support this project for which the capital investment funding has been mysteriously withdrawn, why not do something positive and get it reinstated?
“Conservatives who state they are passionate about protecting the environment yet happily apply for permission to build luxury houses on greenbelt land have a rather large “whiff” of hypocrisy and definitely display double standards.
“The past has a funny way of catching up and catching out people. After the embarrassment has passed, is the new Borough Councillor willing to work and support residents helping to prevent further unwanted development in Halsall?
“We will watch with great interest when the new planning committee is announced soon, and it will be quite interesting to see whether our newly appointed councillor becomes a committee member. And whether they are prepared to speak up for Halsall in regards to planning matters or will the whipping boys display their power over the newbies!”
“Unusual but Independent £11.99 Candidate for Halsall”.
I thought he was bloody good value for money?I doubt any Westley choice can deliver that?
From the longest known absentee while being paid by taxpayers. Tory Aughton & Downholland West Lancashire councillor S Currie, on 6th May 2021, from London.
“Today is my final day on West Lancs Council Good luck to all those standing up & down the country. You get a lot of unwarranted abuse for sticking your head above the parapet and having your name on the ballot but it’s very rewarding & I have enjoyed it”.
We wish we could say we’ve enjoyed the Currie absentee experience and been rewarded for it instead of paying for it. It’s been just another example of the state of the West Lancashire Conservative leadership, utterly inept and true to form.Reminded us of the appalling Moon episode.
We often quote the “Westley Lies” about Aughton residents because it was a brilliant Champion news story. And slur? It defined, set the tone for Westley. He didn’t defend it, how could he when a hall full of residents for the Aughton Parish meeting heard it?
WLBC archive minutes confirm Westley was instrumental in outsourcing, ie selling off, the Borough leisure services to Serco. Can it get any worse than that? Well, yes, it can. His cage was recently rattled again, and histrionics and irrationality appeared in spades!
From QLocal. The borough [Conservative] party leader [Westley] told QLocal this afternoon “I was delighted with the outcome of what was a hard fought campaign. Not only did we make two strategically important gains but we were also successful in getting four new candidates elected in existing Conservative wards.
“And Denise Hirrell was an excellent local candidate who cares passionately about her community and its environment. Well known locally, Denise fought off the usual negative campaign from an independent and successfully gained the seat from Labour with a very good majority”.
There must be evidence for this claim of “caring passionately about her community and its environment”?She cared enough to apply to become a property developer right in the middle of it.
Perhaps it comes, above, in the WLBC Planning case 2015/0722/OUT received 10 July 2015 and REFUSED 1 December 2015. There was a scathing “Justification for refusal” by John Harrison “Despite the requirements of Paras 186-195 of the National Planning Policy Framework it has not been possible to reach a positive agreed solution through the Council’s adopted and published procedures, which advise that pre-application advice should be sought prior to the submission of an application. This application was submitted without the applicant/agent having entered into meaningful pre-application discussions in relation to the planning policies and material considerations that apply to the proposal and the development shows insufficient regard to the policy requirements as detailed in the reasons above”.
“No meaningful pre-application discussions” and “insufficient regard to the policy requirements”. And that record might well be thrown back in the Tory faces in the Council Chamber in due course.
And the “usual negative campaign from an independent”? The Independent candidate simply proved his record of seven years service to his Halsall parish and community. But the political party machines invariably turn the public into believing the expensive glossy bullshit. If that gets up the Westley nostrils it’s because it is true, at least of his local party.
Following the local election results announced at the weekend, West Lancashire Borough Council has no one party in overall political control of the Council.But Labour is the biggest party.
The results show that Labour has 26 seats, Conservative 20, Our West Lancashire 7 and the Council has 1 Independent councillor.
Jacqui Sinnott-Lacey, Chief Operating Officer of the Council, said “The elections have brought about a change to the political management structure and with no one party being in overall political control. We will be working closely with the party Leaders to understand how this might affect the running of the Council which will be agreed at the Council meeting on 19 May”.
Seems like the “group” of OWLs is now deemed to be a party?
“Election Result Message From Voters Is That All Parties Should Work Together”.
Is OWL still a group, or a little party?
Speaking after local Independents Our West Lancashire gained a further seat on the Borough Council to form a 7-strong group, OWL Group Chairman Councillor Adrian Owens said “Firstly, I want to thank everyone who voted in these elections and especially those residents who supported Our West Lancashire. It was wonderful to see George Clandon elected in Burscough West.”
“The council is now ‘No Overall Control’ and the clear message from West Lancashire voters is that they don’t have confidence in either of the two big parties. Labour lost 4 seats to OWL at the last election and lost a further 3 to others this time. Another Independent [James Upjohn] was elected in Skelmersdale, the first non-Labour councillor in the town for decades.
Meanwhile, the local Conservatives are languishing. They’ve lost a quarter of their councillors under their current Leader in the past 7 years.”
Councillor Owens continued “Our West Lancashire is ready to talk to both Labour and Conservative. No one has a monopoly of good ideas. We would favour a council with an all-party Executive where the voices of all councillors and the residents they represent are given weight. For that to happen Labour and Conservative along with OWL [not to mention Independent James Upjohn]would have to sit around the same table. We’re ready for that, are the two main parties innovative enough to do so?”
“At @WestlancsbcLabour seem determined to build at all costs. Are more big developments headed to Burscough? A pre-election PLEDGE from George Clandon @ourwestlancs candidate for Burscough West
He will vote against any proposals or plans that allow MORE NEW HOUSING ESTATES IN BURSCOUGH.
“You may also be aware that two packets of agricultural land have recently been sold. Are these sites destined for yet more new homes? Almost certainly with a complete lack of infrastructure and useless flood planning? Quite possibly”.
“Labour’s new proposals are being drawn up behind closed doors. Labour have given no indication of a change of direction from 2018. Build build build. You may recall the Labour’s LOCAL PLAN proposed in 2018, was loathed by voters”.
That’s what we call “blanking” the electorate. Behind closed doors! Keep it all secret. The people who pay the taxes are blanked. People who are flooded are blanked. Try to find where the corrupt Beacon Park Golf Course royalties are, blanked. The WLBC transparency commitment? Blanked.