Beacon Park Golf Course Membership Contracts

Alan Lenton made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to West Lancashire District Council

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

West Lancashire District Council Nid oedd gan y wybodaeth y gofynnwyd amdani.

Dear West Lancashire District Council,

Serco Leisure has written to Beacon Park Golf Club members advising them of changes to membership contract terms and conditions to take effect from 1 December 2018. Members have been referred to a westlancsleisure.com website which does not respond and the terms and conditions are still unknown.

Will WLBC Leisure Department intervene to publish the new terms and conditions on the WLBC website rather than expect golf club members to rely on Serco Leisure for this vital information?

Yours faithfully,

Alan Lenton

Freedom Of Information,

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of Information Act 2000 it will be answered promptly and within 20 working
days.

 

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Kent, Stephen,

Dear Mr Lenton

 

Thank you for your email of 4^th December 2018 where you requested
information on the  changes to terms and conditions  to membership
contract terms at Beacon Park Golf Club being instigated by SERCO Leisure.
Unfortunately the Council does not hold this information and I would
suggest that you contact SERCO Leisure direct for further details.

 

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be
submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your
original letter and should be addressed to:  Simon Burnett, Deputy
Director of Leisure and Wellbeing, [1][email address]

 

Regards

 

Stephen Kent

Leisure Operations Manager

 

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Dear West Lancashire District Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of West Lancashire District Council's handling of my FOI request 'Beacon Park Golf Course Membership Contracts'.

Your response refers me to Serco for the answer in respect of Beacon Park Golf Course membership contracts. Serco is merely a leisure provider for West Lancashire Borough Council. Leisure policies including golf for Senior members are the responsibility of the Borough that pays Serco an annual contract of circa £1million for efficient and affordable leisure facilities for residents of West Lancashire. Please review your response accordingly.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...

Yours faithfully,

Alan Lenton

Freedom Of Information,

This message is to acknowledge receipt of your communication. If your
request is a valid request for information under the terms of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 it will be answered promptly and within 20 working
days.

 

West Lancashire Borough Council as the Data Controller take the security
of your personal data seriously.  We will only use the personal
information you give us for the purposes of providing an answer to your
freedom of information request.  For further information
www.westlancashire.gov.uk

 

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Owens, Jeanette,

Sent on behalf of Simon Burnett:

 

Dear Mr Lenton,

 

Freedom of Information Request 2018 / 885 – Request for Internal Review.

 

In response to your email dated 21st December 2018 which requests an
internal review of West Lancashire District Council's handling of your FOI
request entitled 'Beacon Park Golf Course Membership Contracts' ref 2018 /
885.

 

In completing this review I have referred to your original request along
with the response provided by Steve Kent on 21st December 2018.

 

In your original request you made reference to "changes to membership
contract terms and conditions to take effect from 1 December 2018".

 

You continued to ask "will WLBC Leisure Department intervene to publish
the new terms and conditions on the WLBC website rather than expect golf
club members to rely on Serco Leisure for this vital information".

 

You were subsequently advised by Steve Kent that the Council does not hold
the information referred to in your request, namely "changes to membership
contract terms and conditions to take effect from 1 December 2018".

 

The Freedom of Information Act only relates to recorded information held
by public authorities.   WLBC does not hold the information you have
requested and therefore it is not possible to publish the terms and
conditions on the WLBC website.

 

Furthermore the membership contract terms and conditions form an agreement
between the applicant and Serco and WLBC are not party to this agreement.
It would therefore not be appropriate to publish this information on the
WLBC website.

 

For the reasons stated above I am satisfied that your request for
information was handled correctly.

 

In order to assist you and having discussed this matter with Serco, I can
confirm that membership new terms and conditions are available via the
following link:-

 

https://www.westlancsleisure.com/west_la....

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, and Cheshire,
SK9 5AF

 

Regards

 

Simon Burnett

Deputy Director of Leisure & Wellbeing

West Lancashire Borough Council

 

 

Regards

 

Jeanette Owens

PA to The Director of Leisure & Environment Services

West Lancashire Borough Council,

Leisure & Environment Services,

Robert Hodge Centre,

Skelmersdale,

Lancashire, WN8 8EE

01695 585235

[1][email address]

 

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Dear Owens, Jeanette,
Thank you for this reply, which is the usual statement, that WLBC isn't a party to anything between individual applicants for annual golf course Membership Contracts and Serco. Of course it isn't. But being told to ask Serco anything is unlikely to lead to a truthful answer. Serco has breached planning conditions on the Beacon Park Golf Course. Why should a WLBC council tax payer trust Serco about contracts when it didn't keep its own planning conditions, which itself is a form of contract? As for WLBC "not holding the information", how convenient is that?

Nevertheless, I realise the matter is concluded.

Yours sincerely,

Alan Lenton