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WEST LANCASHIRE Latitude and Longitude:

53°33′43″N 2°49′37″W / 53.562°N 2.827°W / 53.562; -2.827

Borough of West Lancashire
Ormskirk, the administrative centre of the borough
Ormskirk, the administrative centre of the borough
Shown within the ceremonial county of Lancashire
Shown within the ceremonial county of Lancashire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
Region North West England
Ceremonial county Lancashire
Admin. HQ Ormskirk
 • TypeWest Lancashire Borough Council
 • LeadershipLeader and Cabinet
 •  MPs: Rosie Cooper ( Lab) (West Lancashire),
Katherine Fletcher ( Con) (South Ribble)
 • Total133.9 sq mi (346.8 km2)
 • Rank 115th
 • Total117,429
 • Rank Ranked 203rd
 • Density880/sq mi (340/km2)
Time zone UTC+0 ( Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer ( DST) UTC+1 ( British Summer Time)
ONS code30UP (ONS)
E07000127 (GSS)
Ethnicity98.5% White
West Lancashire Borough Council
Marilyn Westley,
since 18 May 2022 [2]
Yvonne Gagen,
since 18 May 2022 [2]
Chief Operating Officer
Jacqui Sinnott-Lacey [1]
United Kingdom West Lancashire Borough Council 2022.svg
Political groups
Minority administration (25)
  Labour (25)

Other parties (29)

  Conservatives (20)
  Our West Lancashire (7)
  Independent (2)
Last election
5 May 2022
Meeting place
52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, L39 2DF

West Lancashire is a local government district with borough status in Lancashire, England. The council is based in Ormskirk, and the largest town in the borough is Skelmersdale. At the 2011 Census, the population of the borough was 110,685. [3]


The district was created on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, as a non-metropolitan district, with Lancashire County Council as the higher tier authority providing county-level services. West Lancashire covered the whole territory of two former districts and parts of another two districts, all of which were abolished at the same time: [4]

In 2009 the district was awarded borough status, causing the council to change its name from West Lancashire District Council to West Lancashire Borough Council, and allowing the chairman of the council to take the title of mayor. [5] [6]

Proposals to divide Lancashire into three unitary authorities were put forward in 2020, which would have seen both Lancashire County Council and West Lancashire Borough Council abolished. [7] The Government did not pursue that proposed reform, although left open the possibility of other forms of reorganisation in future. [8]


West Lancashire Borough Council has been under no overall control since May 2021, with the Labour Party as the largest party. The leader of the council since May 2022 has been Yyvonne Gagen of the Labour Party. [2]

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. [1]

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 council is based at 52 Derby Street in Ormskirk, which was originally a pair of large semi-detached Victorian houses called Beaconsfield (number 52) and Abbotsford (number 54). [9] Beaconsfield was purchased in 1925 by West Lancashire Rural District Council, one of the modern council's predecessors, and converted to become its headquarters, being formally opened on 30 July 1925. [10] Abbotsford was acquired later and the building has been significantly extended to the rear. [11]

List of councillors

Since the last election in May 2022, the councillors have been as follows. The next election is due in 2023. [12]

Ward Name Party
Ashurst James Upjohn Independent
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 Independent
Wrightington Robert Bailey Conservative Party
Katie Juckes Conservative Party

Parliamentary constituencies

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.


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.

Civil parishes

There are 22 civil parishes in West Lancashire, although the main towns of Skelmersdale and Ormskirk are unparished areas. There is a movement to establish a town council in Skelmersdale. [13]

Civil parishes in West Lancashire

All the civil parishes have a parish council, with the exception of Bispham, which has a parish meeting instead.

Twin towns

West Lancashire is twinned with: [14]


  1. ^ a b "Management of the Council". West Lancashire Borough Council. Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Council minutes, 18 May 2022" (PDF). West Lancashire Borough Council. Retrieved 26 August 2022.
  3. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – West Lancashire Local Authority (E07000127)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  4. ^ "The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Definition) Order 1972",, The National Archives, SI 1972/2039, retrieved 22 August 2022
  5. ^ "Orders and changes made by the Government and Councils between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2009" (PDF). Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. Retrieved 4 July 2022.
  6. ^ "The Royal Charter". West Lancashire District Council. 13 May 2009. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2009.
  7. ^ "Lancashire councils face abolition in shake-up". BBC. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  8. ^ Faulkner, Paul (28 July 2021). "Where plans to carve up Lancashire and abolish its 15 councils are up to". Lancs Live. Retrieved 26 August 2022.
  9. ^ 1911 Census, Class RG14; Piece 22822; Schedules 220–221
  10. ^ "West Lancashire Council's new offices". Ormskirk Advertiser. 6 August 1925. p. 3. Retrieved 27 August 2022.
  11. ^ "West Lancashire Borough Council". Retrieved 27 August 2022.
  12. ^ "Your Councillors". West Lancashire Borough Council. Retrieved 27 August 2022.
  13. ^ "Skelmersdale Independent Party". Skelmersdale Independent Party. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  14. ^ West Lancashire Borough Council, Town Twinning retrieved 21 January 2019