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Some views of Flooded Formby

Here are a selection of photographs in the part of Formby where I live. They are views of the greenbelt land immediately to the North of Formby.

They were taken from Hawksworth Drive, where it flooded, on Sixteen Acre Lane itself and looking towards Paradise Lane from the bypass.

(Click on image to view a larger version) 


Hawksworth Lane

From the bypass

Looking towards the stables

Looking along Sixteen Acre Lane

Entrance to Sixteen Acre Lane

Looking towards Woodvale


Abandoned Bike adds to street clutter

Is anyone else annoyed by the sight of this abandoned cycle next to the notice boards?


Has the owner abandoned it? Did the lock fail compelling the owner to leave it there? Has someone else stolen the front wheel or did the owner take it away as a souvenir?

These are just some of the questions I find myself asking. But most of all I'm getting annoyed it's been left there, it's an obstruction and in my view a potential danger to pedestrians.

I know what it's like when your lock fails, it's happened to me. I tried the hardware shop for cutting tools but finally I asked Formby Firefighters to help and they cut it free. One thing for sure though, I'd never have left my bike like the one featured here.

Is there anyone who can shed any light on this incident, or knows what's happening? Let me know.


Two Days Continuous Rain!

It's still raining, it's Tuesday and it's 6.15pm as I publish this article. It started raining on Monday and hasn't stopped since. The photographs were  taken today at 3.45pm.

This view is from Lunts Lane footpath at the junction with the Formby Bypass. Its looking south towards Liverpool Road. Between the hedge and the field is a drainage ditch. The ditch water level is the same as the field surface, a small raised mound separates them. The field is also badly flooded.

This photograph shows the view towards the houses in Savon Hook.

Both of these pictures clearly show the challenge that faces any developer, who might consider housing development on land subject to surface flooding.

Planning Authorities need to take this increasingly common weather into account when faced with planning applications.



Formby Residents Urged to Resist Loss Of Greenbelt Land

At the Formby Sports and Social Club members of the Action Group (Fragoff) urged residents to resist building developments on Greenbelt land.

GreenbeltMeeting1aSeveral hundred residents attended the packed meeting and listened attentively as the Action Group committee updated residents on their actions since the first meeting on 17 August. Local District and Parish Councillors and Bill Esterson MP also attended the meeting.

Many residents asked questions and suggested ways forward. The local representative of CPRE explained the issues and Bill Esterson also gave advice on the result of recent changes in Planning Law.

There was complete agreement the campaign would continue with a focus on resisting all Green belt Development in general. The specific campaign focused on the land off Liverpool Road will also continue. Various suggestions for high visibility action were made and at the end of the meeting residents volunteered in numbers to take part. The meeting finished with a collection to support the campaign.

For more information or become involved visit the campaign web site: Formby Residents Action Group Opposition From Formby


Statement on village tree pruning

Formby Parish Council have issued this press release about the trees in the village.


Formby Chapel Lane

For some time the Parish Council has been working closely with the Tree and Woodland Officers of the Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council to prepare a long term programme of work to maintain the trees in the Village, and to replace those which are dead or dying.

Four trees have already been reduced for replanting.

The chestnut trees have been a feature of Chapel Lane for decades, some were planted long ago, and it is important they are kept in as good a condition as possible.

The FPC has set aside an amount of money, so that when the time comes we could finance new ones. The work will allow the diseased ones to be removed, the tree pits to be emptied and new trees of the right variety will be selected and planted.

The Council is committed to maintaining the ambience in the Village centre. The voluntary work done by parish councillors and their friends and contractors in planting the roundabouts the Memorial Gardens is another part of that work.

It is expected that the replanting will begin before the end of the year, so that the new trees will be ready for next spring.

Parish Councillor

FPC/12 September 2012

More details can be found on-line here, where a copy of the notice  from  the Tree and Woodland Officers of the Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council is available.

The work is scheduled to start on Monday 24 September, the contractor will be on site from 6am to 8.30am. The work is expected to take around 10 days.

Formby Area Committee Meeting 13 September 2012

Formby Area Committee will meet this Thursday 13 September at 7pm at Formby Professional Development Centre, Park Road, Formby.


This will be the first official meeting of the Committee after the recent public meeting about the proposed Housing Development off the Liverpool Road. There is no formal item on the agenda about the controversial housing proposals.

Members of the public can ask the committee members to consider the issue by using the ‘Public Forum Item’, Item 4 on the agenda.

Members of the public can ask questions, raise matters, or present petitions on issues that are relevant to Sefton Council. The person asking a question will be allowed one supplementary question.

A question form indicating the person’s name and address must be completed and submitted to the Committee Administrator as soon as possible and by no later than 15 minutes before the meeting starts i.e. before 6.45 p.m. or by 3.00 p.m. for faxed (0151 934 2034) or on-line submissions http://forms.sefton.gov.uk/openforumquestion/

Question forms can be obtained from the Committee Administrator prior to the meeting.

(If the questioner does not attend the meeting or nominate a representative to attend (at the discretion of the Chair), the question will not be read out, but a written response will be forwarded to the questioner).

If a response to a question cannot be provided at the meeting, the Neighbourhoods Division will contact the relevant department for a formal response and the resident will be contacted directly in writing.
(Source: Sefton MBC web site)

To view the agenda in detail visit the Sefton MBC web site


Gores Lane Resurfacing

Local residents and visitors to Formby may know this view.


Fortunately Sefton MBC are resurfacing the road from Victoria Road to Derby Road. As a cyclist who has regularly used the road I am delighted. It’s been a dangerous nightmare to cycle along, this image shows why.


There's at least three previous road surfaces visible in this example and it's around three inches deep. The resurfacing which starts on 10 September will see an end to the dangers posed to cyclists in the last two years or more.


Local Parish Councils to Meet

Formby Parish Council and Little Altcar Parish Councils will recommence monthly meetings this week and next. Both Parish Councils normally take a summer break in August.

Formby Parish Council meets at 7 pm tomorrow (Tuesday 4 September) in the Formby Library meeting room. Little Altcar Parish Council will meet at Formby Library next Tuesday 11 September, their meeting starts at 7.30pm.

Both meetings are open to the public and there is always a 'public forum' item on the agenda. The public can ask questions or suggest issues the Parish Councils should consider.

These meetings are an ideal opportunity for residents of Formby to air their views with local Councillors following the recent consultation about the proposed housing development off the Liverpool Road. Sefton MBC Councils will consult both Councils if the Developers submit a Planning Application. Local Parish Councillors will be anxious to represent local opinion as accurately as possible. The more residents participate the better.

Some local residents have already commented on this blog site about the proposed development, the latest by Andy_Formby is here:  Comment

 (Please note this item has been amended to include the correct dates for the Little Altcar parish Council Meeting)