I attended last night's Formby Area Committee meeting and tabled the following question:
I'm writing in my capacity as Chair of the Formby Partnership. I know that Businesses in Formby were very badly affected by the recent bad weather.
Members of the partnership would welcome an opportunity to meet with Sefton Representatives:
- To review the circumstances leading to the disruption of the normal conduct of business in Formby.
- To examine the effects of the bad weather in detail on trading,access, supply, transport and safety in the conduct normal business.
- To consider the case for compensation or refund of an element of Business Rates.
- Finally to develop a strategy and procedures that could be put in place to ameliorate future weather events of this nature.
Members of the Partnership recognise that there will be a wide range
of representations on this matter from a wide spectrum of the
community, but this is a request for a specific response to address
the issues that affected Formby Businesses in particular.
I also suggested as an immediate response and given the livelihood of further disruptive weather, that Sefton provide 5 more grit bins; 3 in the village, 1 in front of the Harington Road shops and 1 by the Post Office on Liverpool Road. I also suggested that better use should be made of the Internet to keep residents informed and to enable a direct dialogue between Sefton Council and residents.
Officers of Sefton welcomed my suggestions and promised they would consider my requests as a matter of urgency.