Today and tomorrow will be busy days, filled in the main, with meetings. Tonight it is the usual monthly meeting of the Parish Council, in my case there is an element of 'catching up' I missed the January and February meetings through illness in the first instance and family reasons in the case of February.
Notwithstanding these absences I have held most of my surgeries at the swimming pool cafe and attended a number of other meetings. Tomorrow I will be in the swimming pool cafe as usual and I look forward to meeting members of the public, after a while you begin to see familiar faces and it's pleasant to exchange a nod or a few words.
In the afternoon, I'm attending the inaugural meeting of a 'Rural Issues' Forum. This is a working group within the 'Church and the World' section of Liverpool Diocese and we will meet in St James House, in the shadow of Liverpool Cathedral. The main item on the agenda will involve a discussion on Food. It will raise a number of concerns including Fair trade, locally sourced foods, wastage and the wider issue of food supply against the background of climate change, the use of land and diminishing oil supply(see Peak Oil).
I suspect the huge increase in demand for allotments in Formby is a measure of the growing public awareness of this issue. I have found little evidence that this concern has or is being acted upon by the elected members of Sefton MBC.