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Digital TV Switchover

DigitalUkLogo Helen Steward, Assistant Manager, Granada TV Region, Digital UK   has emailed asking if I could publish the following:

The Granada TV region began its switch on 4 November and will complete the process on 2 December this year – but what does it mean for you?  
Digital UK, the organisation leading the switchover process, is holding a series of digital drop-in events which aim to provide practical support and help with the switchover process.
The Digital UK team will be at Waitrose Formby on Thursday 26 November to answer all your questions about digital TV, including: 

  • When digital switchover is happening and what the process is
  • What the options are for converting to digital TV 
  • What switchover means for recording and aerials 
  • How to retune a Freeview digital TV or digital box 
  • How eligible people can get a TV converted by the Switchover Help Scheme.
At Waitrose Formby

Three Tuns Lane Formby, L37 4AJ
Thursday 26 November
10am – 3pm

All events are on a drop-in basis and are free of charge.

Please do take advantage of this offer if you need help, making sense of the use of different keypads for a Digital Tuner and a TV set has taxed my mind too!


Sefton MBC Allotment Survey

Sefton MBC have finally got around to the start of the process of producing an Allotment  Strategy, after 35 years it's about time! (Sefton MBC came into being in 1974).

They have issued a consultation document which begins with the following statement:

The Council is reviewing the way it provides allotments in Sefton and we are keen to hear your views on the service we provide, the sites and plots we offer and any other comments you may have. This information will be used to help develop an Allotment Strategy over the next few months.

Please make you views known before 27 November 2009. A copy of the survey document is available on the Sefton MBC web site at:
http://www.sefton.gov.uk/Default.aspx?page=2724


Formby prehistoric footprints

I've just come across this Hansard Report, which reports on a question asked yesterday in the House of Lords:

"To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to preserve the prehistoric animal footprints on Formby beach in Sefton Metropolitan Borough; and what grants are available for that preservation."{Lord Fearn (Liberal Democrat}

And the answer:

"The prehistoric footprints on Formby beach provide important insights into how animals and humans were moving about in the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods. We have taken the advice of specialists in this period. The human and animal footprints have been exposed in soft tidal silts through coastal erosion, and therefore cannot be preserved "in situ", since they are constantly eroded by the tide, but they can be recorded as they appear.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has earmarked funding of £1,174,000 towards proposals for a Landscape Partnership Scheme on the Sefton coast, which covers the area with the footprints.............{Lord Davies of Oldham (Deputy Chief Whip (House of Lords), HM Household; Labour} More

Looks like good news to me.


War Memorial Gardens Planting Group

DotOsbourneI'm delighted to act on a request from a fellow Parish Councillor Dot Osbourne, who has written as follows:

"I wondered if you would post the information about the Working Party at the War Memorial on Sunday 15th November at 12 noon, bring your gardening tools and gloves for a final dig, planting shrubs and bulbs .This should be the last effort until next Spring. Thanking you in anticipation,
Dot"

I hope she gets a good turnout, she has worked very hard on this project and to great effect and deserves all the support she can get.


Climate Change Project Meeting

Later today I am meeting Mike Coles(fellow member of the Parish Council) and Mo Kundi (Sefton MBC Regeneration & Planning Department) to review the present status of the Climate Change Challenge project. We are meeting at 2.00pm in the Formby Library Council Office. On the agenda there will be a discussion about the latest version of the 'Elegibility Criteria' issued earlier this week by DECC and further consideration about the formation and membership of the 'steering group' who will form the core of the project management team.

The more I research and prepare for the bid the more I'm convinced this is a crucial and demanding project but one that Formby residents and the Parish Council are very capable of completing and achieving reductions in the use of fossil fuels across the community with a net reduction in CO2 emissions.

More soon as the project develops.


Climate Change Challenge

At it's meeting last Tuesday, Formby Parish Council agreed to make a bid for up to £500,000 capital funding available in a Government 'Climate Change Challenge'. The Challenge will involve 20 pilot groups from around England and involves a total of £10 million.

The accompanying letter from the Department of Energy and Climate Change setting out the Challenge writes:

The findings from the Big Energy Shift public dialogue suggest that households could benefit significantly from joined-up ‘packages’ of support, delivered locally in the community, to help them reduce home energy consumption and make deep cuts in their carbon emissions. Such packages could include, for example, smart meters, home energy audits, access to local demonstration homes, leadership from local schools, businesses and public buildings, and more hands-on support navigating advice and determining which energy efficiency measures and renewable technologies are right for them.

Formby Parish Council members agreed that Councillors Mike Coles and Sean Brady should proceed with the preparation of the bid documents. We have already started preliminary discussions with Area Committee members, Formby Pool representatives and others and I'm pleased to report enthusiastic support from everyone we've spoken to so far.

The bid has to be submitted at the end of December, in the meantime we are looking to form a 'Project Management Group'. Want to be involved? Use the email link on the right hand side or add your comments below.


Village in Bloom Award

This year Formby was entered in the Village in Bloom competition for the first time since the Parish Council was reformed. With the enthusiastic leadership of the Parish Council Chair, Councillor Denise Dutton (on the right in the photo) and the equally strong support of Councillor Dot Osborne (on the left) Formby Village received a prize in it's first year. Well done to my colleagues for all their work and those others who were mobilised to make it a great start, in what we all hope will be a series of continuing improvements to the Village.

VillageInBloom 

Incidentally, the team are always looking for more volunteers, if you think you can help, please write to me (see the email link in the righthand column) or the Formby Parish Clerk, c/o Formby Library