Politicians and their officers – local and national – are here to serve the public. Often information is kept under wraps. If Knowledge is Power then more of that knowledge should be readily available to you.
This page aims to provide more information and resources to help put you on a more level playing field with those who are meant to be our servants, not our political masters.
It will continue to be developed and expanded in the coming months, so bookmark this page and come back to it when you want to “battle bureaucracy”.
Making your voice heard on a Planning Application
To be effective in making an impact with your points concerning a planning application, you need to be logical and methodical. It’s natural that emotions run high, but you must use material planning considerations in any representation on planning applications. Download our information sheet here.
OWL Submission to Government Commission February 2021 calling for reduction in Councillor Numbers
In summer 2016, after an Our West Lancashire council motion, the council started publishing councillor attendance records. Find out how your councillor attended in 2020. Last year we highlighted that 3 Conservatives and 2 Labour councillors attended less than 70% of the meetings and this year 4 of those same 5 councillors continue to miss a third or more of meetings inspite of meetings being online since March 2020. (pdf format).
We pressed West Lancashire Council to publish updated and clearer recycling guidance. Below is our handy pocket guide to what to recycle and where, updated October 2019.
Remember – an expanded range of plastics with a 1, 2 or 5 on can now be recycled in West Lancashire
West Lancashire Borough Council opens its books
The Borough Council makes available a great deal of information though its not always in the easiest of formats.
Want to know what land the council owns then that is listed? Want to know about senior officer salaries, again they are listed. There’s a lot of information and its available here .
Food Hygiene Ratings – West Lancashire Food Establishments
Planning that special occasion with a slap up meal at one of the many fine restaurants and eateries in West Lancashire? Then you can check out the Food Hygiene Rating of the venue via the Food Standards Agency website here.
Want to know about all planning applications in your street or area or settlement?
Following a question asked by an Independent OWL councillor, the council provided details on how anyone can keep up-to-date with planning applications in their area. Simply download and follow the two guides below. You can specify the area of West Lancashire in which you are interested. The system will then automatically email you on planning applications in your area as they develop.
However, to keep getting automatic updates on the planning applications that interest you, then you must re-submit your details periodically – we recommend monthly.
To initially register (one time only), then download and follow these instuctions.
For the user guide to how to select and track the planning applications of interest to you – download it here.
For the user guide to how to select and track the planning applications of interest to you
Which areas pay what Council Tax?
A resident asked us what areas paid what council tax. The information is shown in the table below. It comes with a health warning. Councils eceive funding from many other sources. An example would be business rates and an area such as Simonswood with its industrial estate would contribute significantly in that way. UPDATED FOR 2020/21 BELOW.
|Area||% of total council tax|
|Hesketh with Becconsall||4.0|
Freedom of Information
Our West Lancashire are strong supporters of Freedom of Information. A wide range of public bodies are subject to Freedom of Information. Contact Us and we will help you approach the public body in question and help you get the information you seek.