West Lancashire

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

Borough of West Lancashire
Official logo of Borough of West Lancashire
Arms of West Lancashire Borough Council
Shown within the ceremonial county of Lancashire
Shown within the ceremonial county of Lancashire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth West England
Ceremonial countyLancashire
Admin. HQOrmskirk
 • TypeWest Lancashire Borough Council
 • Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive:Labour
 • MPs:Rosie Cooper (Lab) (West Lancashire),
Katherine Fletcher (Con) (South Ribble)
 • Total133.9 sq mi (346.8 km2)
Area rank115th
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total114,306
 • RankRanked 207th
 • Density850/sq mi (330/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code30UP (ONS)
E07000127 (GSS)
Ethnicity98.5% White

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.[1]

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.

Administrative organisation[edit]

Political Composition (2019)[edit]

Party Seats
Labour 29
Conservatives 19
Our West Lancashire 6

Leader and Cabinet[edit]

West Lancashire Borough Council is led by the Leader of the Council, elected yearly at the annual meeting of the Council. The Leader of the Council is currently Ian Moran.[2] The Leader appoints the Deputy Leader of the Council, currently Yvonne Gagen, and various portfolio holders.

Name Portfolio
Cllr Ian Moran Leader of the Council, Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration and Planning
Cllr Yvonne Gagen Deputy Leader of the Council, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Human Resources
Cllr Kevin Wright Portfolio Holder for Health and Community Safety
Cllr Jennifer Wilkie Portfolio Holder for Housing and Landlord Services
Cllr Kevin Wilkie Portfolio Holder for Street Scene
Cllr Adam Yates Portfolio Holder for Resources and Transformation
Cllr David Evans Portfolio Holder for Planning


West Lancashire also has a Mayor and Deputy Mayor, who hold a mostly ceremonial role. They are currently Councillor Gaynar Owen and Councillor Terry Aldridge, respectively.[3]

Unparished towns[edit]

The main towns of Ormskirk (including the village of Westhead) and Skelmersdale are unparished areas.

Parish councils[edit]

Parish meetings[edit]

There is a single parish meeting:

Twin towns[edit]

West Lancashire is twinned with:[4]


  1. ^ "Non Metropolitan District Council population 2011". Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Leader and Cabinet". Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  3. ^ "The Mayor". Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  4. ^ West Lancashire Borough Council, Town Twinning retrieved 21 January 2019