Oaklandgandl Part Two

The other day we published details of the somewhat mysterious company, Oakland Golf and Leisure Ltd , which since 2011 has been the sub-contactor of Serco Leisure Operating Ltd, provider of leisure services for West Lancashire Borough Council since 2004 as described by the then “Relevant Portfolio Holder: Councillor D.A. Westley” and the “Contact for further Information: John Nelson”  LEISURE CONTRACT – URGENT DECISION in  COUNCIL: 20th October 2004.

As we showed full details of Oaklandgandl including claims of projects completed, under construction, or in planning, including Beacon Park under construction, the website also claimed a project in Leeds, “under construction”. As it happens, although the company claims its address to be in London, it declared to Companies House its address to be at Mill Cottage, 20 Rockery Road, Horsforth, Leeds. That address is also quoted on a planning document submitted to WLBC in respect of Beacon Park Golf Course.

But now, if you try to find Oaklandgandl you will receive the message “Looks Like This Domain Isn’t Connected To A Website Yet! Is this your domain? Connect it to your Wix website in just a few easy steps”.

That’s a pity, because we would hope to find at least one golf project completed by them to report on. Instead, we are left with Beacon Park and its landfill experts Serco now under “notice of improvement and compliance with planning permission”. Footgolf as played safely on real courses like this  is dangerous if it is allowed on a sham landfilled course like this ?

Boost To Local Economy

West Lancashire Borough Council is looking to give a boost to the local economy and help create and safeguard jobs. Businesses will soon be able to rent out new and improved industrial units in Gorsey Place, Skelmersdale, that could deliver or secure 35 jobs. Councillor Ian Moran  Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council and portfolio holder for Economic Regeneration claims “The Council’s action plan shows that the authority is ambitious for the local economy and I am delighted the progress is being made on the project to create new and improved working environments for businesses”.

The Council has appointed Krol Corlett  to design and construct one new Industrial unit, replacing one damaged by fire in 2014, and the refurbishment and alteration of three adjoining units.

The project will cost £900,000 and each unit will provide 4,700 sq ft of high quality accommodation and will be available for rent around Christmas time. They will be suitable for a wide range of uses from manufacturing to storage and distribution.

This development follows on from the Council’s successful development of 11 new units at Greenwood Business Centre in 2016 which has proved highly popular with local and national businesses.

Krol Corlett was established as Krol Corlett & Company in June 1969, a small family based company that focused on completing small traditional construction projects for a range of clients. Its core management team now has extensive experience in both low and medium value construction contracts and a proven track record in successfully delivering schemes of values ranging from £50,000 to £5,000,000.

Using The 9Hole Beacon Park Golf Heap

WLBC and Serco Leisure might not be aware the 9hole heap of rubbish at Beacon Park Golf Course is already in use, as a centre for unofficial barbecues and drug sessions. These pictures  taken today  show how fires have been in use for cooking, and there was evidence of drug paraphernalia too. Who knows if and when the whole area might catch fire to light up the “glory” of this monstrosity?  


Yes, today we bring you details of how to contact the company  that claims to construct beautiful golf courses like this  and this  but actually created this  at our Beacon Park Golf Course and this mountain of landfill at the so-called Beacon Park foot-golf course as the driving range  was destroyed for this  landfill. 

“CONTACT US JONATHAN SNELLGROVE We are golf course contractors that use income from soil recovery to fund clients projects”. Soil recovery? This  is soil?

And this is their published picture “under construction” of the royalty led mountainous Beacon Park foot-golf facility.  As minuted at WLBC Corporate & Environmental Overview & Scrutiny Committee 2012/13 “The arrangements previously negotiated by DCT for the land drainage work with Oaklands leisure provided an opportunity to improve facilities, retain or increase future membership and increase income. Serco have now concluded their discussions with Oaklands Leisure and have been able to project a positive financial position in future years”.

Contact details 07836784779, 020 7127 4314
OAKLAND GOLF AND LEISURE…partners of Serco Leisure Operating Limited, now under notice of a “Breach of Condition”. 

Must-Read Letter In The FT Today

 We are a 95 per cent export manufacturer of high tech instrumentation, so we have a lot of experience in overseas trade. On May 24 the head of HM Revenue & Customs estimated that post-Brexit, import-export may cost industry £20bn extra at UK borders. With £10m of exports, 75 per cent outside the EU, and £1.5m of imports, 85% non-EU, we are in a good position to give a realistic figure for these costs.

All imports enter under Inward Processing Relief, and no taxes are paid at the border. Goods may remain in the UK for up to nine months free of duty and value added tax. Duty and VAT become payable if the goods are sold within the EU, but not if they are exported outside. When we sell our equipment to a Japanese company, we invoice free of VAT as an export. It collects ex-works and delivers worldwide, sometimes direct to a customer within the EU. It will invoice without VAT as, being based in Japan, it is not VAT registered. It is that company’s customer who must record and pay VAT, on the basis that it is an import even though the goods may have crossed no frontiers.

Our VAT and tax returns are made on a monthly and quarterly basis, with payment by direct debit. Every two to three years, HMRC audits our record-keeping. Maintaining this system requires a skilled person for one or two days a week at a £50 hourly rate for 500 hours per year, the annual cost is £25,000. We also employ shipping agents at a £70,000 annual cost, of which over 90 per cent is transport charges. Our cost for import-export paperwork is about £32,000.

Our largest tax is the 20 per cent VAT charged on importing goods from the EU, just as from the US or Japan. This will not change after Brexit, although there may be a 3-5 per cent duty if no deal is done. The cost in additional paperwork will therefore be no more than 10 per cent of the present £32,000. We will incur an average 4 per cent duty on our £225,000 of EU imports, but will recover 95 per cent of this on exporting, so duties will cost the company about £500. Assuming we do business with the EU on terms no worse than the rest of the world, the cost will be around £3,700, or 0.04 per cent of our £10m turnover. Compared to currency exposure where rates can change by 1 per cent daily, this is a negligible figure, so Brexit on any terms will not change our business.

Jeremy Good 
Director, Cryogenic Ltd, London W3, UK