News you can trust

Posted Saturday 16 December 9.50 am

I have used the Internet ever since the very early 1990s, even before 'www browsers' evolved. But suddenly the open Internet is subject to attack. Fake News, click-bait, the end of Net Neutrality and commercialisation threaten the benefits promised in those early days.

News Media


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Feed the Birds

Posted Friday 15 December 10.30 am

As I write this a tiny Blue Tit is tucking into a half-coconut shell. full of fat and seeds, hanging outside our living room window. This tweet from Lancashire Wildlife Trust is a timely reminder.

And all of a sudden the following seemed entirely relevant in this busy run-up to Christmas.

Don't look for big things
just do small things with
great love

Mother Teresa

Spare a little time feeding our nearest garden neighbours in Formby this winter.
Blue Tit

Village Trees to be Felled

Posted Thursday 14 December 11.00 am

Village TreesThe sad news that trees in Formby Village are being felled has finally been made public. The Parish Council has known for some time and traces of these discussions can be found in the Council minutes.

Thankfully they are making provision for the replacement of the trees.

But once the trees have gone and despite replanting, the felling will have a significant impact on the appearance of the village.

Let's hope that Formby Parish Council members will engage with village traders and the residents of Formby at large, to seek other ways of enhancing the visual landscape. The removal of the trees will be very significant, but the loss is also an opportunity for some serious thought about the enhancement of the village.

What do you think?

Hospital Issues A&E Appeal

Posted Wednesday 13 December 12.50 pm

Please heed this appeal, if you need further advice chose the story link in the right-hand column.

Live Traffic Information

Posted Tuesday 12 December 15.45 pm

Most of us will worry about travelling at this time of the year. Sefton Council runs an information service that caters to many needs including those would be travellers.

It's available on the 'My Sefton' web site. If you want to know about:

  • Live incidents
  • Live traffic updates
  • Roadworks and closures
  • And public events

It's an invaluable service and if you're looking for information beyond Sefton use the search box for information across the UK. I hope this helps you.

View all issues on the roads of Sefton (And elsewhere). You can view more traffic information by clicking on more map layers in the top left hand corner.