Last night I attended the usual monthly meeting of Formby Parish Council. Amongst a number of items the following were discussed:
- We received a very interesting and informative report from the local Police. It was good to be told that the 'Beach Safe' scheme will operate again this year. This is designed to counter any disorder on the beaches during the summer season.
- The Community Plan (Parish Plan) is close to it's final draft before going out for public consultation.
- We now have two casual vacancies on the Council, which will be filled by co-option, as the statutory period of notice has now elapsed during which an election could have been called for by the public.
I hope that we appoint residents who are independent of any Political Party affiliation, I've already heard on the grapevine that a local Conservative Party Official has called for the places to be filled by Party members. Parish Councils should be free of these sorts of machinations associated with Party Politics.
Independent Parish Council members make their decisions without having to first run them past the filter of 'Party Policy' or seeking the approval of Party officials! Until these two recent resignations, Formby was 'honoured', if that's the word, by the service of 20 Conservative Party Councillors - 6 on the District Council and the other 14 being members of the Parish Council.
I appeal to members of the public to come forward and volunteer to add your independent voice to the Civic life of Formby.