Posted by: westlancashirerecord | July 10, 2018

Now Pay Attention!

A “top” and I use the term loosely, Tory Aughton Park Ward Councillor made it clear how riveting a WLBC training session on planning was, as she clearly demonstrated her interest in the subject today . We are clearly in good hands, but we can only hope there will be no re-run of the Parrs Lane planning proposal during her tenure of the seat?

Was it the weather, the subject, or her trainer, or a combination of all three, that put her to sleep? 

Posted by: westlancashirerecord | July 10, 2018

Theresa May Calling

Posted by: westlancashirerecord | July 9, 2018

The Green Fayre Is Back

The Green Fayre is West Lancashire’s BIGGEST free countryside event, at Beacon Country Park . This popular event will be back for 2018 on 21 and 22 July so get the date in your diary now for what promises to be a fantastic day out for all the family. There are over 50 wonderful stalls and demonstrations providing fun and wonderment for all the family. The shows arena wows the crowds with jousting, dog agility and viking battles taking place throughout the weekend.

Discover traditional and modern woodcraft techniques by taking a stroll through the Working Woodland area and visit a range of traders and exhibitors in the Craft and Healthy lifestyle marquees.

Get up close and personal to a range of domestic and farmyard animals in the shows petting zoo. Providing excellent information and introductions to a range of different animal friends. The main showground contains more traders and attractions including plenty of rides and activities to keep the children entertained.

If this wasn’t enough then you will find a full program of live music taking place throughout the weekend where you can sit and while away the hours enjoying one of the shows excellent catering and ‘refreshments’ options.

Come and experience West Lancashire’s largest Countryside event of the year. Parking and entry to the Green Fayre is free of charge.

Posted by: westlancashirerecord | July 9, 2018

Dream On Tusk!

Using undemocratic and ill judged remarks, the appalling EU Council President Donald Tusk today “blasted Boris Johnson and David Davis” and said he hopes their shock departures will stop Brexit. The Brussels chief warned that while the two Brexit-backing Cabinet ministers have left Theresa May’s Government ‘the problems they cause remain’.

And he suggested that the Government meltdown could stop Britain’s historic decision to quit the bloc in its tracks. Tusk wrote on Twitter ‘Politicians come and go but the problems they have created for people remain. I can only regret that the idea of Brexit has not left with Davis and Johnson. But…who knows?

His comments came after an EU diplomat compared Mr Davis’ decision to quit as Brexit Secretary to ‘rats’ leaving a ‘sinking ship’. The EU diplomat told the Telegraph: ‘Davis’ resignation will be framed as not taking responsibility for a soft Brexit but looks more like not taking responsibility at all.’It is starting to look like the flight of the Brexiteers. They landed your country in a mess and now they’re leaving for higher ground. Rats and sinking ships…that age old tale.’

This is what these wretched people in the EU think of us, of the United Kingdom. They should be ashamed of themselves and their gutter comments. Well sorry to disappoint you Tusk, but we will leave as decided by the law of the this country.

And no, this country isn’t in a mess, 17.4million people made the biggest vote ever, exercised the democratic right to leave the corrupt and appalling EU. So dream on Tusk, a no-deal exit is on its way if that’s what we need to escape!

Posted by: westlancashirerecord | July 9, 2018

New Parish Councillor For Aughton Land Holdings Disclosed

The minutes for the May 2018 meeting of Aughton Parish Council [APC] state “10937 Vacancies In The Office Of Parish Councillor: to complete the final stage of the co-option process. The Chairman reported on the current situation. There had been two applicants, one of whom had been unavailable for interview at the time but arrangements would be made to find an alternative date. The Interview Selection Panel had interviewed one prospective candidate who appeared to be committed to contributing to the Parish Council’s aims and objectives in serving the local community. The recommendation was then made that Mr Ian Mercer be invited and co-opted onto Aughton Parish Council to fill a vacancy in Delph Ward. The recommendation was APPROVED AND RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY”.

As we all know, membership of the APC is conditional on “A Parish Councillor must be aged 21 years or over, be a British subject or a citizen of the Irish Republic and be (i) a local government elector of the Parish, or ii) a person who a) has during the whole of the twelve months before he was nominated as a candidate, occupied land or other premises as owner or tenant in the Parish, or (b) has, during the same period, resided in that area or within three miles thereof, or (c) has, during the same period had his principal or only place of work in that area. Cllr Mercer qualifies by virtue of the Parish of Aughton “Notification of member/Co-opted Member of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests and Non-Pecuniary Interests”. In this respect APC Cllr Mercer writes “See Additional Page” which lists items 1-8 relating to agricultural land in Aughton.

In the matter of contracts is stated “No formal contract in place. The council does purchase de-icing salt from NWT Supplies Ltd and may purchase turf from North West Turf Ltd” .

Included in “Influence of public opinion or policy” is stated “Land described under “land” on page 2 of this document para 2) has been submitted to the “call for sites” for the West Lancashire Local Plan. Item 2) states “Agricultural land, approximately 11 acres, at continuation of Middlewood Rd and Middlewood Drive. 1/3 ownership. Used for turf production or rental to other farmers”.

You can read the full declaration here https://democracy.westlancs.gov.uk/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=594&T=6

Posted by: westlancashirerecord | July 9, 2018

Betrayed By Britain’s Elite?

Austin Mitchell  writes “The wonderfully staged after-school detention class at Chequers was carefully choreographed to show Theresa May as tougher than she’s been up to now and a woman in control of party and policy. Its value in taking us closer to the kind of break the electorate voted for is more questionable. It points to a colonial status, has washed away most of Theresa’s red lines, and is ominously vague on the two crucial points: control of EU immigration and the ability to make trading arrangements with countries outside.

“Without either there’s little gain for a nation which needs to establish a degree of independence from an EU designed to suit the purposes of France and Germany but not ours. Then there are two more serious problems. The first is that the EU won’t accept Theresa’s plan. Michel Barnier has already turned down parts of it and the first reaction of the Commission might as well have been “to assent with civil lear/and, without sneering, teach the rest to sneer”.

“The EU isn’t a nation with which can negotiate sensibly. It’s a network of rules designed to hold 28 diverse entities together. It can only work on the assumption that the rules are absolute. If anyone is allowed to break them, the whole tangle will collapse – and unity with it. So negotiations always come back not to interests which can be modified, but to rules which can’t, meaning that they’ll want to drive us back on the weak requests we’re putting up.

“Britain will be pushed back step by step to far less than the modest pleas Theresa is humble enough to make. The second problem is Britain’s own fifth column, the Remain resisters. Up until now, they’ve been able to concentrate on stopping what they call a “hard” Brexit. They’ve won that argument by fear and funk. But it wasn’t their real intention, which can now be revealed: they don’t want any Brexit at all. Now they’ll drop the pretence and go on to kill it.

“Seeing the vote as the result of the ignorance, foolishness, racism and simple irresponsibility of a section of society they don’t particularly like, they will now claim to have been right all along. They’ll argue that mini-Brexit is worse than staying in and throw their energy into cancelling it altogether, hoping that their naughty compatriots will now realise that what they wanted is impossible and reconcile themselves to crawling back with a few mea culpas. A gloomy prospect.

“Yet it doesn’t mean that Brexiteers have to give up or its Cabinet supporters resign. Weak as Theresa has been, she must still be held to what have become her lavender lines. The intransigent obstinacy of the Great Blob has to be underlined. The people must be shown that they’re being betrayed by Britain’s elite in collusion with the European plutocracy. Britain’s interests have still to be defended. As those on the lifeboats escaping the Titanic told themselves, any degree of distance is better than staying on the sinking ship”.

Betrayed? Of course we are.

Posted by: westlancashirerecord | July 9, 2018

Reluctant Conscript Davis Is Unpersuaded To Continue

 Dear Prime Minister,

As you know there have been a significant number of occasions in the last year or so on which I have disagreed with the Number 10 policy line, ranging from accepting the Commission’s sequencing of negotiations through to the language on Northern Ireland in the December Joint Report.

At each stage I have accepted collective responsibility because it is part of my task to find workable compromises, and because I considered it was still possible to deliver on the mandate of the referendum, and on our manifesto commitment to leave the Customs Union and the Single Market.

I am afraid that I think the current trend of policy and tactics is making that look less and less likely. Whether it is the progressive dilution of what I thought was a firm Chequers agreement in February on right to diverge, or the unnecessary delays of the start of the White Paper, or the presentation of a backstop proposal that omitted the strict conditions that I requested and believed that we had agreed, the general direction of policy will leave us in at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one.

The Cabinet decision on Friday crystallised this problem. In my view the inevitable consequence of the proposed policies will be to make the supposed control by Parliament illusory rather than real. As I said at Cabinet, the “common rule book” policy hands control of large swathes of our economy to the EU and is certainly not returning control of our laws in any real sense.

I am also unpersuaded that our negotiating approach will not just lead to further demands for concessions. Of course this is a complex area of judgement and it is possible that you are right and I am wrong. However, even in that event it seems to me that the national interest requires a Secretary of State in my Department that is an enthusiastic believer in your approach, and not merely a reluctant conscript. While I have been grateful to you for the opportunity to serve, it is with great regret that I tender my resignation from the Cabinet with immediate effect.

Yours ever,
David Davis

Posted by: westlancashirerecord | July 8, 2018

Remain Is In Breach Of A Sovereign Decision

I just read that “The British people voted Leave, but the bulk of British politicians are Remain. Ever since the referendum Brexiteers have been wrestling with “this collision between representative democracy and direct democracy” with the issue now being “whether these solutions agreed at Chequers are sufficiently mindful of the sovereign decision the British people took to leave the EU”.

What did I want if I could be freed from the EU? I wanted to reclaim the democracy lost under the government of Edward Heath from the appalling faceless, often corrupt, and unelected Brussels bureaucrats. I wanted not to contribute towards the enormous sums taken from our taxation and paid to EU coffers, sums that were never legally audited. I wanted my country to be a sovereign state again where MPs would make our laws. I wanted the UK to trade freely anywhere in the world. I wanted lower net migration that could reasonably be integrated into UK services and infrastructure without harm. And I wanted links with every member country of the Commonwealth restored and never again broken.

And so I voted to leave the EU, as did a total of 17.4million others, a legal majority. But it soon became obvious the minority would not accept the referendum result. This often happens in EU controlled countries, but mainly in weak and small member countries reliant on EU cash, my, your, cash!

I have watched our own leadership roll over in exactly the same way. The route of the Brexit negotiations has taken another lurch down the road towards capitulation. I believed I lived in a democratic country. What a fool I was! Instead we have an influential minority convinced that they know better than the public what is best for them. They worked tirelessly to thwart the result of the 2016 referendum. When a minority sets out to defeat the will of the majority we have taken a step towards a dictatorship. Theresa May has promised much, but has rolled over at the least whiff of a threat from the Brussels bureaucrats. It’s appalling and undemocratic.

As an example, eminent QC Martin Howe has published this view of how the scope of the “common rulebook” would only be “common” in the sense that the UK would have to obey and apply in complete detail the laws promulgated by the EU without having a vote on the content of those laws. He writes “An example is the detailed EU rules on the requirements for labelling vacuum cleaners with energy test results, which were framed by the Commission to require tests to be performed in a way which gave an advantage to German manufacturers over Dyson’s  more efficient bag-less designs.

“These particular rules were successfully challenged at one stage by Dyson in the ECJ (Case C-44/16 P Dyson Ltd v. European Commission, 11 May 2017), but more recently Dyson may suffer a reverse since an ECJ Advocate-General has expressed the view that EU law does not permit Dyson to display supplementary information about its own tests alongside the officially required (and flawed) EU energy tests: Case C-632/16 Dyson Ltd v. BSH Home Appliances NV , AG Opinion 22 Feb 2018 the ECJ’s judgment is expected before long. The Dyson case illustrates how the EU regulatory system for goods can already be skewed in favour of Continental interests and against British manufacturers. More significantly, the system is skewed in favour of existing technologies and against innovators. Once we leave the EU and no longer have a vote on the framing of these types of rules, the EU will have a positive incentive to frame its rules in order to disadvantage UK producers who will be obliged to follow those rules”.

These proposals therefore lead directly to a worst-of-all-worlds “Black Hole” Brexit where the UK is stuck permanently as a vassal state in the EU’s legal and regulatory tar-pit, still has to obey EU laws and ECJ rulings across vast areas, cannot develop an effective international trade policy or adapt our economy to take advantage of the freedoms of Brexit, and has lost its vote and treaty veto rights as an EU Member State.

Will we ever achieve democracy and sovereignty? While Theresa May is PM, probably not!

Posted by: westlancashirerecord | July 7, 2018

Seven Weeks And Counting For Serco

Having asked WLBC about Serco and its responsibility for the Beacon Park Golf Course landfill ripoff, the Solicitor replied “In relation to your query regarding the Breach of Condition Notice, the Notice requires the following steps to be taken by Serco Leisure Operating Limited :

‘Remove all excess material placed on the land hatched black on attached Plan 2 dated 11 May 2018 to provide the land profile as defined by Sections M-M’, N-N’ and O-O’ and contoured site plan all shown on plan reference 1115.4 received by the Local Planning Authority on 13 July 2011.’ 

“I am advised by the Director of Development and Regeneration that the expediency of taking further enforcement action on other parts of the site will be kept under review”.

Which begs the question, do we assume Serco HAS breached planning conditions on other parts of the site, one obvious other part being the monstrous 9hole heap, in which case expediency surely requires enforcement action too?

Posted by: westlancashirerecord | July 7, 2018

On Becoming A Vassal State

If during a transition period we must obey European rules while no longer helping to write them, Britain will become a “vassal state”.

In response to the Government’s statement at the conclusion of the Chequers summit, John Longworth, Co-Chair of Leave Means Leave , commented “We have now seen Theresa May’s true colours. This is a bad deal for the UK which will only slide further as the EU take more and more. Our weak Prime Minister has driven the process of leaving the EU inscrutably into a corner, in concert with her Chancellor.

“The Prime Minister has totally misled 17.4 million voters and left it as late as possible to reveal that she remains a stubborn Remainer. Worse still, she has personally deceived us by promising in the Conservatives’ election manifesto that Brexit means Brexit when, in fact, May’s Brexit means BRINO “Brexit In Name Only” a fake Brexit.

“Now we are faced with becoming a vassal state of the German/French racket, they have us exactly where they want us, unable to compete, taking enormous quantities of their products at inflated prices, protected from global competition by the fortress Europe tariff and regulatory wall, and impeded from doing trade deals around the globe. We will be controlling neither laws, nor trade, nor borders. A total, humiliating capitulation”.

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