West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has received complaints over the shambolic website advertising the Borough Council’s flagship event, Ormskirk Motorfest.
The complaint centres around the events website not working properly with some of the links and the buttons on the site not working. There are also concerns with the overall quality of the site, especially in advertising the event.
It is understood the company providing the website is based on the Wirral. One local business contacted the Member of Parliament’s Office after their offer to provide a free website worth over £1000 was rejected. The same company had a few potential sponsors lined up to support the event, in this its second year.
In response to this information, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Ormskirk Motorfest is supposed to be one of the Borough Council’s flagship events. You wouldn’t think that given how they have acted in this situation. For an event in just its second year you would expect organisers to be jumping at the chance of free support and sponsorship.
“I couldn’t understand why the Council would not want to do everything it could to promote the event, generate support and more importantly why it would not want to use this opportunity to support West Lancashire businesses and get them involved. Everyone could have benefited from this offer.
“Now it turns out, it isn’t run by the Borough Council but the Aintree Circuit Club and the council pays a significant part of the running costs, while letting everyone think it is a West Lancashire Borough Council led event. It is no wonder people are now wondering what the council actually does!
“We could do without more examples of West Lancashire Borough Council talking a good game but missing out on real opportunities to promote, in this case Motorfest and West Lancashire generally.
“At this rate, we risk Ormskirk Motorfest being a short-lived wonder.”