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May 2012

Olympic Torch Route Through Formby

The Olympic Flame convoy is due to arrive around 11.15am in Altcar Road, close to the Tesco  Store road junction. It will be handed to Nick Giles and Margy Haywood, the two runners who will carry the flame through Formby.

The route details are set out on the map below. Click to view it in closer detail.

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Sunny Weekend Traffic Chaos In Formby

Yesterday and on Saturday, parts of Formby came to a standstill. It was no surprise, any sunny weekend in the summer months produces the same result. Families from all over the North West, near and far, make a trek to Formby's beaches in the expectation of a happy day by the sea. Inevitablly they are greeted by this after a torturous journey down Victoria Road.

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No prior warning, no active traffic information available to help them find an alternative. No solution for the hard-pressed residents who find themselves besieged on these occasions.

Here's Larkhill Lane, absolutely at a standsill. This driver is trying a three point turn because the vehicles in front aren't moving.

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Many drivers made parking spaces for themselves, anywhere. On pavements, verges, open green spaces, many simply ignored road markings, so desperate were they to get to the beach.

Finally many broke temporary barriers on the service road to the Jospice and simply parked on the extensive open space of Larkhill Lane common.

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No matter where you went the traffic was at a standstill. At the Shorrocks Hill entrance to the car park, managed by Sefton MBC, one of only two Wardens on duty could only stand and report a perfect traffic jam to the police.

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This can't go on any longer. It's getting worse each year. Visitors and residents alike deserve better.

I can think of a number of ideas to help. 

  • An active traffic management system.
    • It would help if there were 'live' traffic matrix type signs at each the three entry points into Formby.
    • Traffic wardens on the ground before, during and not just after the event issuing tickets.
    • Use Social Media - Twitter is a wonderful information tool, immediate, easy to access on mobile phones used by many other local authorities in the event of a crisis, and this issue is fast becoming a crisis.
    • I'm going to start using the hash tag #formbybeach as a starter
  • Better signage on Formby Roads, I'm not convinced by temporary AA signs that occasionally appear.
  • More parking restrictions.
  • Is a park and ride scheme a longer term solution?
  • Tidal information.
    • When the tide is in, the space on the beach can be very limited, better information for potential visiters is needed.

As a community we can't go on as before. I'd like to see the Sefton MBC Cabinet member, Cllr John Fairclough, here on the ground to see it for himself. Let's start a public debate sooner rather than later. All of the stakeholders, Sefton MBC, Formby Parish Council, The National Trust, Residents and elected members need to address this issue as a matter of urgency.

 


Breaking News in Formby

Comment:
These are the personal views of Sean Brady 

I have noticed that when a major incident occurs or an item of breaking news applies specifically to Formby then this web site gets a lot more visits and page views.

When these events occur I use the Twitter stream associated with this site: Twitter.com/formbyvillage . It is quicker to update readers and draw on other sources of information than try constantly keep the blog up-to-date. The Twitter stream is available at the top of the right-hand column on the front page of the blog.

I hope that helps when Formby residents are trying to keep abreast of any breaking news that may affect the community.

I'm sure all of us are thinking of those affected by the fatal accident on the Formby Bypass yesterday and offer our sincere condolences.

Meanwhile Merseyside Police have made the following appeal:

“Merseyside Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following a fatal road traffic collision in Ince Blundell.

Officers were called to the south-bound carriageway of the A565 near the Ince Blundell public house shortly after 5pm by several members of the public.

Anyone who witnessed the incident and has yet to contact police should call the collision investigation department on 0151 777 5402 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”




Olympic Flame In Formby

The Olympic Flame is coming to Formby at some point during the day on 1 June. The Olympic convoy will travel from Southport to the traffic lights at Tescos.

At that point Nick Giles a resident from Formby will carry the torch along Altcar Road into Formby before turning left into Liverpool Road.

At Formby by-pass, the convoy takes the Flame to its next destination in Crosby.

More details closer to the day.

Are you planning anything special for the day?

 


Formby Library Future Under Review

Sefton MBC have announced a Review of the Library Service and are seeking Formby residents views on the use of Formby Library.

..... we wish to seek information about how you use the current library service, and at a later stage we will gain your views about some possible options and recommendations for the future. You can take part in this consultation by completing our questionaire. There will also be other opportunities for you to take part. Details will be displayed in libraries and other community buildings and on the Council website.

This first stage consultation will be for 12 weeks and will close 31st July 2012. Your views and the information provided will be used, together with information about the library service and the local community, as part of a report for Elected Members to consider options for further consultation later in the year.

The details about the review are available on the Sefton MBC web site. This includes a background document, which can be downloaded, explaining the scope and nature of the review.

There are two very interesting charts setting out the  details of issues and visits in the year 2010-2011.

Issues 2010/11                                             Visits 2010/11

Ainsdale

90,807

 

Ainsdale

64,131

 Aintree

40,695

 

Aintree

31,977

Birkdale

162,636

 

Birkdale

87,282

Bootle

69,132

 

Bootle

104,533

Churchtown

122,043

 

Churchtown

59,472

College Road

83,521

 

College Road

92,522

Crosby

207,396

 

Crosby

142,094

Formby

190,336

 

Formby

119,143

Litherland

49,208

 

Litherland

42,444

Meadows

151,989

 

Meadows

274,252

Mobile

4,946

 

Mobile

Not recorded

Netherton

35,428

 

Netherton

42,937

Orrell

46,666

 

Orrell

32,256

Southport

118,460

 

Southport

117,109

Total

1,373,263

 

Total

1,210,152

 To complete the questionaire follow this link QUESTIONAIRE


Young Photographer of the Year 2012 Competition Announced

The Young Photographer of the Year 2012 competition has been announced. Organised by the Rotary Club of Formby it's open to all young photographers under the age of 17 on 1 January 2012.

There are two sections, a Junior Section: 11 years old and under and a Senior Section: 12 to 16 years old

There is no set subject theme any photograph can be entered. Photographic prints in either colour or black and white may be submitted from digital images or from film.

Entry is free but is restricted to children either resident in Formby or attending school in Formby.

There are cash prizes in each section and the closing date for entries is 17 June 2012

The presentation of awards will take place during the 'Formby Live' weekend on Sunday 8 July at the swimming pool. The successful entrants will be notified of the details by 25 June.

More details and an entry form are available at the swimming pool.

 


Rail Disruption At An End

This is the latest news from the Merseyrail web site:

Northern Line Service Update 22.40.
Services on the Northern Line are now all running with the exception of the 22.43 service from Southport to Hunts Cross which will start at Sandhills
at 23.21.
Merseyrail and Network Rail sincerely apologise to all our customers for the inconvenience caused as a result of this power supply issue.

7th May 2012, 22:42 - 7th May 2012, 23:59

(Source Accessed at 00.05am on 8 May, 2012)



Northern Line Disruptions

MerseyRail have published the following item on their web site:

Northern Line Services

Due to Power supply problems which are affecting the Traction Current, services on the Northern Line have been amended as follows....A 30 minute service is operating on the Kirkby and Ormskirk Lines.Services between Southport and Formby and between Moorfields and Hunts Cross are Suspended with a limited Replacement bus service in operation. A 30 minute rail service is operating between Formby and Moorfields

(Dated) 7th May 2012, 12:43 - 7th May 2012, 23:43)
Source Accessed on 7th May at 15.00pm 


A Political Opportunity For Formby

Opinion:
These are the personal views of Sean Brady 

Last Thursday's local elections represent a new opportunity for Formby to get its views heard and acted on in the corridors of local government power. Since 1986 Sefton has been a Council with 'no overall control'. Before that from 1974 until May 1986 the Conservative Party had overall control.

What they decided happened, they exercised their majority in the Council Chamber to promote their policies for Sefton. In my view and experience little happened to benefit Formby. The Conservative Councillors in Southport and Crosby focused their attention on places other than Formby.

During the long period of a 'hung council' every Party explained their failure to do anything in local areas with the argument, 'the other two parties voted against us'. Formby viewed as a well off town didn't need anything according to views expressed to me personally by both Elected members and Officers.

Now circumstances have changed. A single party controls Sefton again. Formby has three elected members of that party to represent us in the corridors of power. It's time they and their party act on their election promises to Formby.

There are no excuses about 'hung Councils' they are in power. Now Formby residents can call Sefton Council to account.

What do you think? Is this a time of significant change and opportunity for Formby? What else should Sefton do for Formby now? Use the comment link below.

 


Formby: Local Election Results

Here are the election result details as published by Sefton MBC.

Harington - results

Nina Samantha Killen The Labour Party  1146 31% Elected
Simon Iain Jamieson   Conservative Party 1138 31% Not elected
Alf Doran                               United Kingdom Independence Party 1061 29% Not elected
Dru Haydon                         Liberal Democrats 321 9% Not elected

Voting Summary
Total votes 3666
Electorate 9648
Num. ballot papers issued 3666
Turnout 38%

Ravenmeols - results

Peter Thomas Maguire The Labour Party 2163 54% Elected
Barry Griffiths                Conservative Party 1260 32% Not elected
Nicola Ledgerton               United Kingdom Independence Party 380 10% Not elected
Richard Graham Willis The Green Party 172 4% Not elected

Voting Summary
Total votes 3975
Electorate 9272
Num. ballot papers issued 3975
Turnout 43%

Both Harington and Ravenmeols wards have been won by the Labour Party in the Sefton MBC local elections. Sefton has been governed under 'no overall control' arrangements since 1986. For the first time since the formation of Sefton, the Labour Party has overall control.