Sefton Council members will discuss the proposed Fracking operations around Formby at its next meeting on Thursday 25 January.
Following a vigorous campaign by Frack Free Formby in a variety of media, including social media, enough members of the public have forced the issue onto the Council agenda. In accordance with the Council's standing orders, the following petition will be subject to a debate.
PUBLIC PETITION -
In accordance with the Council’s Petition Scheme set out in Chapter 12 of the Council Constitution, a public petition has been submitted for consideration at the Council meeting.
The lead petitioner for the petition deputation will be given five minutes to present the petition at the Council meeting and the petition will then be discussed by Councillors for a maximum of 15 minutes. The Council will decide how to respond to the petition at the meeting and the lead petitioner will receive written confirmation of the decision.
The petition containing 3608 signatures has been submitted by Simon Maxwell of Formby on behalf of Frack Free Formby which states:
“We the undersigned urge Sefton MBC to put an immediate ban on any type of conventional or unconventional oil or gas exploration to protect our environment and promote renewable energy. We urge the Council to make Sefton a frack-free zone”.
In addition to this petition, the Council will consider a number of items and a further five resolutions tabled by individual members of Council. The headline topics for each of the other motions are listed below.
An Integrated Care and Health Service
Antisemitic Hate Crime
A Curriculum to Prepare Young People in Sefton for Life
@seftoncouncil have insisted they replace the roof feature. The application for planning permission (DC/2017/02361) includes this plus removal of the 1928 Art Deco frames and the beautiful coloured and textured glass, for aluminium frames.
has stimulated a lively conversation on the Twitter platform.
The following is an extract from the application heritage statement. There are other documents (8 in total) associated with this application and includes a Heritage Statement. I recommend that it should be read in its entirety.
It is proposed that the existing timber windows be replaced with new high-quality PPC aluminium windows. The existing windows are in very poor condition, with extensive wet rot making them beyond repair, leaving replacement as the only viable solution.
The new aluminium windows use a variety of differently sized profiled sections, including a very slender 21mm wide one, to reproduce as closely as possible the existing mullion arrangement. The windows have their powder-coated (PPC) finish applied in the factory. This needs neither site finishing nor regular repainting.A straightforward like for like replacement using new bespoke softwood single-glazed windows was considered but this was not desirable for a number of reasons.
In particular, their poor thermal performance would not be compliant with building regulations without the use of a costly and inconvenient secondary glazing system, and also the ongoing maintenance requirements when using painted timber in a climatically aggressive coastal environment.
The windows’ design, with numerous very slender glazing bars, makes it impossible to accurately replicate them using a modern engineered timber window system’s chunky section sizes.
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Application Reference: DC/2017/02361Address: Embassy Building 51A Piercefield Road Formby Liverpool L37 7DGProposal: Replacement of existing first floor windows, new high level vent, re-decoration of existing facade and relaying of existing car park.Case Officer: Mrs Joy Forshaw
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Proposed Temporary Emergency Road Closure Long Lane, Formby Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, Section 14, as amended by the Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991. 1.0 Introduction 1.1 Head of Locality Services Commissioned is empowered to authorise a Temporary Emergency Road Closure Order for any period up to 21 days duration. 1.2 In order to install a retention system at the southern bank of Dobbs Gutter and to maintain safety for operatives and road users, it will be necessary to close Long Lane, Formby 1.3 Work will commence on 15th January 2018 and is due to be completed by 23rd February2018
Sefton Council has announced when they're going to fell the large Chestnut trees in Formby Village centre and trim others.
Vital tree works are to begin later this month along Chapel Lane, Formby.
The street tree management, which begins on Monday January 29, is expected to take around one week to complete.
Chapel Lane will be temporarily closed to vehicles while the works take place each day. The road will reopen to traffic during the evenings.
The works will also allow for the planting of seven new trees before the end of March 2018, with replacement trees expected to be a mix of species including non-fruiting horse chestnut.
A study of the Chapel Lane trees by Sefton’s Parks and Greenspaces team have found that five existing trees are in need of pruning works, while five horse chestnut trees were found to have severely declined in recent years.
They must be removed before they pose a significant health and safety risk.
A spokesperson for Sefton Council said:
“The condition of the five large horse chestnut trees has declined significantly over the past few years and sadly they will not recover.
“We have decided to remove them before they pose a more significant risk to the public
“It is always regrettable when we have to remove trees, especially such large, prominent trees that have been part of the landscape for many years.
“Sefton Council, along with ward and parish councillors, have secured funding to replace the trees.
“Seven new trees will be planted before the end of March 2018.
“We apologise in advance for any disturbance and inconvenience while the works are taking place.”
What do you think of this decision?
And if the trees have got to go, do you have suggestions about further enhancements in the village landscape?
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I was browsing an old map of Formby recently and the longer I looked at it the more I noticed significant differences between now and then. (Click on the Map to view in more detail).
The map was surveyed and published between 1888 and 1893. It's just a fragment from a map of the whole of Lancashire. This particular image is a composite made with three screenshots, carefully arranged to ensure that the joins are as invisible as possible
Nonetheless, there are some interesting features, I wonder whether you'll notice more than me.
You can either comment using the text box at the bottom of the story or try the 'Blog Chat' link in the righthand column, I've set up a 'WhatsApp group' as an experiment.
Tell me what you find and any other observation you want to add.