Borough of West Lancashire
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||North West England|
|• Type||West Lancashire Borough Council|
|• Leadership:||Leader and Cabinet|
|• Leader of the Council||Ian Moran (Lab)|
|• Mayor||Gordon Johnson (OWL)|
|• Chief Operating Officer||Jacqui Sinnott-Lacey|
|• Total||133.9 sq mi (346.8 km2)|
|• Rank||Ranked 207th|
|• Density||850/sq mi (330/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (British Summer Time)|
|ONS code||30UP (ONS)|
West Lancashire is a non-metropolitan district with borough status in Lancashire, England. Its council is based in Ormskirk, and the largest town is Skelmersdale. At the 2011 Census, the population of the borough was 110,685.
The district was formed in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of Ormskirk and Skelmersdale and Holland urban districts along with part of West Lancashire Rural District and part of the former Wigan Rural District.
Skelmersdale, a former New Town, and Ormskirk are the two main towns in the borough. These are surrounded by a patchwork of smaller settlements to the west and north.
West Lancashire falls under the area of West Lancashire Borough Council which has been in no overall control since May 2021 with the Labour Party as the largest party, and Lancashire County Council, which is controlled by the Conservative Party. These are both responsible for the administration of various services in the area. There are several parish and town councils in West Lancashire, although the main towns of Skelmersdale and Ormskirk are unparished. There is a movement to establish a town council in Skelmersdale.
The prospect of dividing Lancashire into three unitary authorities is currently being discussed, which would see both Lancashire County Council and West Lancashire Borough Council abolished.
The south of West Lancashire, including the towns of Burscough, Skelmersdale and Ormskirk fall under the West Lancashire constituency in the House of Commons, which has been represented by Labour Party MP Rosie Cooper since the 2005 general election, whereas the north of West Lancashire falls under the South Ribble constituency, which has been represented by Conservative Party MP Katherine Fletcher since the 2019 general election.
West Lancashire Borough Council is composed of 54 councillors elected for four-year terms. Currently, the Labour Party runs a minority administration having lost overall control in the May 2021 elections. There is a full council meeting and a cabinet meeting once every two months, with various committees meeting in between.
The council employs around 600 people, making it one of West Lancashire's largest employers. It is responsible for the administration of various services, such as leisure, waste collection, planning permission and pest control.
The council is ultimately led by the cabinet which is chaired by the leader of the council, who is currently Ian Moran of the Labour Party. The council is managed by various unelected officers. The chief operating officer of the council is currently Jacqui Sinnott-Lacey.
West Lancashire Borough Council is led by the leader of the council, elected yearly at the annual meeting of the council. The office of leader of the council is currently vacant following the decision by the previous leader, Ian Moran, not to stand for reelection. The leader appoints the deputy leader of the council and various portfolio holders.
|Leader of the Council;
|Deputy Leader of the Council:
Leisure and Human Resources
|Health and Wellbeing||Vacant|
|Housing and Landlord Services||Vacant|
|Resources and Transformation||Vacant|
|Communities and Community Safety||Vacant|
West Lancashire has a Mayor and Deputy Mayor, who hold a mostly ceremonial role. They are currently Councillor Gordon Paul Johnson of Our West Lancashire and Councillor Marilyn Westley of the Conservative Party, respectively. The position of Mayor and Deputy Mayor alternates each year.
|Mayor of West Lancashire||Our West Lancashire||Gordon Paul Johnson||Derby|
|Deputy Mayor of West Lancashire||Conservative Party||Marilyn Westley||Aughton Park|
The current leader of the opposition is Conservative Party councillor David Westley, and the leader of the third and smallest party on the council, Our West Lancashire, is Councillor Adrian Owens. There is one independent councillor, James Upjohn.
Composition of West Lancashire Borough Council
as of May 2022
Minority Administration |
Labour Party: 26 seats
Conservative Party: 20 seats
Our West Lancashire: 7 seats
Independent: 1 seats
|Yvonne Gagen||Labour Party|
|Janice Monaghan||Labour Party|
|Aughton and Downholland||Paul Turpin||Conservative Party|
|David O'Toole||Conservative Party|
|David Westley||Conservative Party|
|Aughton Park||Rob Molloy||Labour Party|
|Marilyn Westley||Conservative Party|
|Bickerstaffe||Ian Rigby||Our West Lancashire|
|Birch Green||Carl Coughlan||Labour Party|
|Sue Gregson||Labour Party|
|Burscough East||Patricia Burnside||Labour Party|
|Damian Owen||Labour Party|
|Burscough West||Andy Fowler||Labour Party|
|George Clandon||Our West Lancashire|
|Derby||Ian Davis||Our West Lancashire|
|Gordon Paul Johnson||Our West Lancashire|
|Adrian Owens||Our West Lancashire|
|Digmoor||Julian Antoni Finch||Labour Party|
|Kevin Wilkie||Labour Party|
|Halsall||Denise Hirrell||Conservative Party|
|Hesketh-with-Becconsall||Ian Eccles||Conservative Party|
|Joan Witter||Conservative Party|
|Knowsley||Gareth Dowling||Labour Party|
|Kate Mitchell||Our West Lancashire|
|Adam Yates||Labour Party|
|Moorside||Terry Aldridge||Labour Party|
|John Fillis||Labour Party|
|Newburgh||Eddie Pope||Conservative Party|
|North Meols||John Howard||Conservative Party|
|Linda Gresty||Conservative Party|
|Parbold||May Blake||Conservative Party|
|David Whittington||Conservative Party|
|Rufford||John Gordon||Conservative Party|
|Scarisbrick||Alexander Blundell||Conservative Party|
|Jane Marshall||Conservative Party|
|Scott||Mark Anderson||Labour Party|
|Jane Thompson||Our West Lancashire|
|Anne Mary Fennell||Labour Party|
|Skelmersdale North||Neil Furey||Labour Party|
|Jenny Wilkie||Labour Party|
|Skelmersdale South||Vickie Cummins||Labour Party|
|Nicola Pryce-Roberts||Labour Party|
|Donna West||Labour Party|
|Tanhouse||Paul Hogan||Labour Party|
|Maureen Nixon||Labour Party|
|Tarleton||John Mee||Conservative Party|
|Darren Daniels||Conservative Party|
|Anne Sutton||Conservative Party|
|Up Holland||Suresh Patel||Labour Party|
|Gaynar Owen||Labour Party|
|Paul Richard O'Neill||Labour Party|
|Wrightington||Robert Bailey||Conservative Party|
|Katie Juckes||Conservative Party|
There are various committees in West Lancashire Borough Council. All councillors are members of at least one committee.
|Audit and Governance Committee||Edward Pope (Con)||Paul Richard O'Neill (Lab)|
|Corporate and Environmental Overview and Scrutiny Committee||Donna West (Lab)||Julian Finch (Lab)|
|Executive Overview and Scrutiny Committee||Adrian Owens (OWL)||Neil Furey (Lab)|
|Licensing and Appeals Committee||Terry Devine (Lab)||John Mee (Con)|
|Licensing and Gambling Committee||Noel Delaney (Lab)||John Mee (Con)|
|Planning Committee||David O'Toole (Con)||Gaynar Owen (Lab)|
|Standards Committee||Ian Moran (Lab)||David Westley (Con)|
There are two localist political parties operating in West Lancashire: Our West Lancashire, which holds seven seats on West Lancashire Borough Council and has contested elections on Lancashire County Council, and Skelmersdale Independent Party, which does not hold any seats on West Lancashire but has contested elections.
The main towns of Ormskirk (including the village of Westhead) and Skelmersdale are unparished areas, although there are movements to establish a town council in both towns, particularly in Skelmersdale, where a political party and a movement have been established to promote this issue.
There is a single parish meeting:
West Lancashire is twinned with: