Beacon Country Park Public Consultation Results

One of West Lancashire Borough Council’s ambitions is to reshape and revitalise our health, well-being and leisure offer to our residents. Beacon Country Park’s 300-acres is central to this ambition. We know that those who use the park are passionate about it and we wanted to make sure we gave you the opportunity to tell us what you think the future should look like.

We asked residents and  users of the park and its facilities what they thought of the current offer, as well as what potential uses they might like to see in the future for the visitor centre and the park.

We held public consultation events throughout June and August at the Coppice Café, Concourse Shopping Centre and Ormskirk Market. Residents could record their responses on our website and by leaflet.

You can download the PDF here or read on for the results.

The Results

We asked, do you believe that WLBC should look to enhance Beacon Country Park? You said...

48% strongly agree
33% agree
10% neutral
4% disagree

We asked how often you visit Beacon Country Park? You said...

Once a month 26%
Several times a week 23%
Once a week 21%
Rarely 17%
Everyday 11%
Never 2%

We asked you how do you travel to Beacon Country Park? You said...

Car 48%
Walk 33%
Other 10%
Cycle 8%
Public transport 1%

Out of the list provided, which physical developments/enhancements would you like to see? You said...

Coppice Café/bar/restaurant 13%
Walking/jogging trail 11%
Picnic Area 10%
Outdoor play area 8%
Cycle path 8%
Adventure golf 7%
High ropes 6%
9 hole golf course 6%
Driving range 6%
Dog agility 5%
Bridle path 4%
Soft play area 4%
Multi-purpose space/yoga/meetings 3%
BMX trail 3%
Caravan/camping 2%
Glamping pods 2%
Children's car track 2%

We reviewed and themed the open text answers and the most popular themes were golf provision; ranging from 18 hole, 9 hole, driving range/putting/disc golf and provision for wildlife/ re-wilding of meadows & woodland. There was also very strong demand to improve the access network within the site, with improvements to the path network and the provision of signage and marked

Next steps...

We will now take account of the feedback from the consultation to inform and
shape the Council’s plans to develop the park facilities. It is clear from the responses that everyone wants to retain the beauty and character of our park for future generations while increasing opportunities for all.

We have appointed a consultant who will take account of the results along with other data to develop sustainable (environmental and financial) option, which
we will share with you all in due course. Thank you to everyone who took part in helping shape the future of Beacon Country Park.