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Season's Greetings

Greetings Just a quick note to wish all the residents of Formby, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I intend to stay away from my computer and other sundry tasks for a few days until after the start of 2009.

Formby: Landfill site consultation

Land at Alt Meadows, off Hoggs Hill Lane, Little Altcar is on a list of sites that are been considered for reopening as waste 'landfill' or' landraising' projects by the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority(MWDA).
The details are to be found on the Sefton MBC web site or directly on the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority web site. In the case of the MWDA site, this is interactive and enables the viewer to read background documents and then add observations and comments.

One of the documents featured contains the following:

Given that the potential for new landfill sites is extremely limited, it will also be necessary to examine landraise potential. Generally, landraise has similar constraint issues and engineering challenges to landfill but vary in several respects, namely:
  • Landraise is less tied to the location of available void space
  • There are still hydrogeological and groundwater issues, but landraise is likely to be further removed from the groundwater levels
  • It has very substantial landscape impact issues which are a major concern in a generally low lying, urbanised metropolitan area, such as Merseyside and Halton

On my reading of the documents the Alt Meadow site is a potential 'landraise' site.

This information is also featured in the forthcoming edition of the Formby Times and I urge local residents to find out more about this worrying news and make sure they make their views known to both Authorities and their elected representatives. Needless to say I will be adding my own very shortly.

Formby Future

On Wednesday during my usual weekly surgery I met Gill Fell and Heather Davies both of whom are involved with a 'Shop Local' campaign. They were involved in two recent meetings with local traders, which then resulted in the 'Support Local Business' posters in shop windows, this is described in more detail in a previous blog entry.

Since then I have become even more sure that Formby needs a 'Development Initiative' along the lines of Frodsham Forward. As a result I've altered the title to the link on the left hand side of the blog to reflect that idea, I'll add relevant links to the wider concept of Formby Future as and when I find them.

Continue reading "Formby Future" »

Dickensian Day

Here's my small tribute to and reminder of the Formby Dickensian Day celebrations. It consists of small fragments of video recorded on the day of different events and people in the village. Enjoy.

Shop Local Action Group

On Friday 4th December at 4.00pm I attended my first meeting of this group. In common with others in the Town they are worried about the future of Formby Town and are keen to find ways of protecting and developing Formby during a difficult economic period.

One of the first tangible outcomes of their concern will be the appearance of posters in the windows of local shops. Please, support the campaign.

During the meeting it soon became clear that the group is energetic and is already producing some stimulating and potentially  effective actions that can be followed up and I am looking forward to help see some of these into fruition.

In the longer term I'd like to see a 'Formby Development Trust' similar to the 'Frodsham Forward' enterprise, perhaps this group is the nucleus of such a venture. If you want to participate, please write to me sbrady@formbyfirst.org .
For more information on 'Development trusts visit this web site.

December Meeting

On the face of it a relatively normal meeting tonight, the usual agenda items and Community Grant recommendations. But I suspect there is a controversial item that will set the members alight.
It concerns the Finance sub-committee recommendation;

That Formby Parish Council approves the recommendation of the Finance Committee that the Parish Council return the existing chain of office to Sefton MBC and that a new chain of office be purchased.

On the surface it seems quite reasonable, but firstly on the issue of return. As I understand it an officer or department in Sefton MBC has decided that Formby Parish Council is unable to care for the present chain of office, despite the fact that it has successfully been in our hands since 2003 and insured too!
Secondly in my view it belongs to the residents of Formby, they will have paid for it in the first place, when there was a Formby Urban District Council. This smacks of the same old story, despite lip service to the idea of local devolution of powers, someone, somewhere has taken it upon themselves to 'centralise' yet another piece of Formby heritage.
Another aspect is that the central 'pendant' is removable and I for one can't see why we couldn't replace the old pendant with a new one if necessary. But not at the expense of the residents, why should the Parish Council have to purchase a new chain of office or pendant, I wonder what residents think the precept should be spent on at this difficult time.

November Monthly Report

During this month I have undertaken the following:

  • Added a new entry to this blog on 5th November on the topic of Council protocols that must be followed.
  • I have held my usual surgeries at Formby Swimming Pool on 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th November.
  • I attended the Formby Royal British Legion Armistice Day ceremony at the War Memorial, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
  • On the 11th November I attended the 'Power House' proposals consultation meeting at Formby Swimming  Pool and submitted my observations. These were also added to this blog.
  • At 7.30am on the 12th November I attended a breakfast meeting of the Formby Business Forum at Range High School. This was a useful and informative discussion, members were shown the 'Business Forum Portal' on the School web site and given instructions on access and potential uses.
  • I added the 'Shop Local' campaign page to my blog on the 20th November.
  • I attended the Formby Village Xmas lights switch-on and a short reception afterwards.
  • I attended a Sefton MBC long service awards meeting at Bootle Town Hall on 24th November.
  • I added two more links to the blog, the first is to the 'Community Plan web site and the second is to a new page from where the Parish Council agendas and minutes can be downloaded.
  • I have also added a 'twitter' link onto the blog. This means I can add instant short text messages to my blog, I hope this will add to my objective of providing an accessible and up to date account of my activities.
  • I have completed the draft of a new newsletter for the Parish Council, this will be circulated at the  meeting tomorrow.
  • I am going to write to the Editor of the Formby Champion about this blog in the hope they will add a link to it from their web site.