West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper met with golfers at Beacon Park Golf Course on Friday to hear of their continued frustration with Serco.
Members are concerned, following West Lancashire Borough Council’s serving of a breach of condition notice to Serco, that further disruption will be caused to the club and the course.
The breach of condition notice is set to force Serco to move the rubble from its current location on the old driving range to another part of the golf course, which could change the course spec.
The Seniors in particular, who last year won the league, believe this will scupper any chance they have of competing in this year’s South West Lancashire League, as alterations made will mean the course specifications may not meet CONGU (Council Of National Golf Unions) rules.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“The members have long suffered because they believe the council did not properly supervise Serco and their sub contractors during the contract to reprofile parts of the course which has led to mountains of rubble being dumped. The members may now be faced with being unable to compete in the CONGU league if the course is reduced as some holes are unplayable as rubble is being transferred to another part of the course.
“The message from the golfers is clear, that they do not want any further disruption, and if Serco have breached their planning conditions by filling the mounds too high then it is their responsibility to remove it from the course altogether and pay for its disposal elsewhere.
“After all, it is not the golf club members nor West Lancashire Borough Council taxpayers who have benefited from the money paid to dump rubble at the golf course.
“The council now need to work with Serco and the members to come up with a solution whereby they will not be in breach of their planning conditions and where the members are not further penalised.”
Beacon Park Golf Cub Seniors Captain, Mike Collins said:
“All we want is for an end to the many years of messing around from Serco and the Council and let us get back to what we enjoy and do well – playing golf.
“We are grateful for Rosie’s support in this and coming up to meet with our members really meant a lot to show that someone actually cares about the way this whole situation has been mishandled.
“Hopefully Serco and the Council can come to some conclusion now which means we can get on with preparations for the season ahead.”