Why West Blankershire, You Ask

Because our supposedly “public” servants, paid from residents’ council tax, now routinely deny information that should be transparent and “blank” inquisitive residents under their various tools of secrecy.

The Conservatives did it for years. Labour simply carries it on. Become too nosey, too persistent, and you are blanked. Who wrote “Cultural, technical and organisational factors act as barriers to responsible data sharing”? That was the Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham. “Responsible data sharing also plays an important role for local authorities in delivering services. In the sphere of public service delivery efficient sharing of data can improve insights, outcomes and increase options for recipients”.

More to the point, here, we West Lancastrians know Labour actually rejected its own scrutiny committee’s recommendation to allow public questions at full Council meetings.

Examples of the WLBC Blank Policy include declarations of being vexatious. We quote the Burscough example “Now we all know the water floods the roads, sewage, crap is in the gardens, but there is a bureaucratic format to be followed. It’s no use saying politely to bureaucrats “Please can you stop all these regular distasteful episodes that you wouldn’t accept for your own homes and gardens”, because they are oblivious to them.

Not only that, but become too persistent, too regular, too angry, to take any more manifestly bureaucratic crap, and after nearly a year, patience at WLBC has evaporated. To hell with you, the Council responded on 7 December 2017 stating that it had decided to reject a request as vexatious relying on section 14(1) of the FOIA.

In due course, just five days ago, a flooded resident of Burscough wrote about “Our failed infrastructure. It was recognised as deficient certainly 20 years ago if not longer, and there are many documents which support this. The RMA’s (Risk Management Authorities), have failed us in this respect, not least of all United Utilities, who found much evidence of failure and lack of capacity within the Sewage/Drainage system. However, rather than invest the money required to fix the problem, they re-evaluated their position and declared to be an error in their calculations, so the system was then deemed to be fit for purpose and therefore the money required to do the job did not need to be found. Really?

“WLBC together with the LLFA have made the most of this and seen it as a green light to pile up even more pressure by allowing a staggering amount of Development which has changed this Town almost beyond recognition, and though a few have filled their pockets, the majority of Residents are now poorer in terms of quality of life”.

That’s what “blanking” allows. “The majority of residents are now poorer in terms of quality of life”. It shames WLBC, LCC, and all those who profit from it. If and when a responsive council actually serves the public instead of itself its reputation may be restored. It depends on who is elected to do it.  

West Lancashire Coronavirus Update

The West Lancashire Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust hospitals have notified two new coronavirus infections today.

Between 1st May 2021 and 7th May 2021, 8 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows a decrease of 57.9% compared to the previous 7 days.

There were no deaths within 28 days of a positive test for coronavirus reported on 7th May 2021.

Between 1st May 2021 and 7th May 2021, there have been no deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. This shows no change compared to the previous 7 days.

Returning To Mundane Matters In West Blankershire

After the frantic desire of some local political parties to achieve the consent of circa 25% of the generally uninterested public to ruin, whoops, run the borough, we return to more mundane matters.

One of which is, naturally, the land-filled and royalty corrupted Beacon Park Golf Course. This official statement, below, appears in the West Lancashire Borough Council Leisure Strategy 2015-2025.

“There are five golf clubs in West Lancashire; with the exception of Beacon Park they are all privately owned. Sport England recommends a 20 minutes drive time catchment for golf courses, on this basis the current supply in West Lancashire is sufficient for residents. The Borough is also bordered by several top class courses. West Lancashire Community Leisure has recently closed its driving range at Beacon Park due to a lack of demand/income but has plans to develop the leisure offer at the site and these include a new 9 hole par 3 course and junior facilities.

“The golf course at Beacon Park is available for members and non members offering pay and play rates, together with competitions and club tournament events. The Course is to a Donald Steel layout and provides good competition play with enough character and features for a variety of playing ability. The inclusion of a new 9 hole par 3 course will provide additional facilities for both senior and junior development of the game”.  

What has happened is well known. The “recently closed due to a lack of income/demand driving range” lies ruined by landfill and as we write, derelict. The “new 9hole par 3 course that will provide additional facilities for both senior and junior development of the game” also lies ruined by landfill after some six years of control by Oakland Golf & Leisure Ltd/Serco Leisure Operating Ltd, and the willing consent of WLBC Leisure Services and Planning Services.

And, sadly, we have just lived the election lies that it’s a “Labour facility worked on and achieved”.

Just once, might the newly elected councillors for Ashurst ward, and some long in the tooth councillors too, visit the Beacon Park Golf Course and give a truthful opinion of what HAS been “achieved” there?

OK, it’s only a leisure facility mostly enjoyed in the past by senior, elderly, golfers. We realise they are a minority. Blanked out. But surely discrimination against them by ruination of their chosen leisure activity is illegal? Why is Labour nurturing this policy? Or perhaps it might be continued by an incoming Tory group depending on the no voting of the “apathy” party? No wonder many of us now think of being in West Blankershire!

West Lancashire Coronavirus News

The West Lancashire Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust hospitals have notified two new coronavirus infections today.

Between 30th April 2021 and 6th May 2021, 11 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows a decrease of 26.7% compared to the previous 7 days.

There were no deaths within 28 days of a positive test for coronavirus reported on 6th May 2021.

Between 30th April 2021 and 6th May 2021, there have been no deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. This shows no change compared to the previous 7 days.

Great Expectations? Not At All!

We remind readers that WLBC former Director of Leisure and Cultural Services John Nelson stated in writing

“Contractors started on site in November 2013. Phase 3 of the development (formation of a 9 hole short course) has commenced with mounding and ridges being formed with inert infill and soil It is expected that the infill and profiling work will be completed by Sept 2015”.

In ten days there will be another momentous day in the long slide into death of the Beacon Park Golf Course. It will be the third anniversary of the 2018 order for compliance by Serco of Breach of Condition Notice at the course. Since regularised by WLBC planners so there needn’t be compliance?

WLBC clearly enjoys a serial illegal planning matter. It’s what it does best. Disrespect for the then Borough Solicitor, disrespect for council tax payers and residents. And wasn’t it the Labour Digmoor Cllr Finch who was elected in May 2019, and spoke about “seeing mounds of earth” at the Beacon Park Golf Course?

They are still there, Cllr Finch! It’s a Labour party leisure facility “Worked on and achieved” apparently?

WLBC Just Can’t Stop Hiring Staff

It’s an exciting time for West Lancashire Borough Council, as we move forward on delivering our Vision and Priorities for West Lancashire as the place of choice to live, work, visit and invest.

We are looking for an experienced, highly motivated and customer focussed Digital & Social Media Editor to join our Communications team! You WILL develop engaging editorial content.

Including porkies as and when relevant!

The Records Of Our Independent Candidates Prove Real Service

In Ashurst, residents can elect James Upjohn whose voluntary and unpaid service, (no taxpayers allowances), in his ward has been astonishing. The turnout in Ashurst is regularly abysmal because of party loyalty. But that loyalty was exposed by elected member absenteeism. Now, why not try something different? What have you got to lose?

In Halsall, exactly the same is true of Neil Campbell. Vice-Chair of his Parish Council, tireless and intrepid in pursuit of positive outcomes to end the planning permissions to developers whose houses will flood because the area is prone to it. Now, he’s been endorsed by Halsall resident Maureen Mills the outgoing Labour incumbent. Prove her correct. Elect Neil with nothing to lose and every benefit in favour.