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20mph Area For The Whole Of Formby

There's been an interesting exchange on Twitter about the proposed 20mph speed limit in Formby. A closer examination of these and the references shows that the original scheme in the Piecefield Road area is to be extended.

Here's an extract from the  Twitter conversation:

Then a member of the public asked:

Another person commented on the accuracy of the claimed environmental impact;

For those of you who want to clarify the new proposals, here's the map from a report due before Sefton Central Area Committee which meets on 6 June at Maghull Town Hall.

20mphAreaFormbyTo read the complete report going to the full committee, use this Link

To see more of the Twitter conversation, use this Link.

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation Fundraising Group

Lauren Jones the fundraising assistant at Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation writes:

The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation is the only charity dedicated to the defeat of lung cancer through research, support and helping people to quit smoking. We give help and hope to those affected by lung cancer across the UK. Lung cancer is the most common cancer in the World and the biggest cancer killer in the UK.

The charity has a 5 year plan to expand over the UK and as part of this we are setting up a number of community fundraising groups; the first of which will be in Formby.

She has asked me to publish the following and I'm very happy to do so on her behalf.

Community Fundraising Group

The Fundraising group will be responsible for organising approximately four fundraising events throughout the year to raise vital funds for the charity. The group gives members the chance to make new friends, give back to the community and raise awareness and money for a serious issue in a fun and friendly manner.
The Roy Castle Community Fundraisers will provide volunteers with all of the materials needed along with support and guidance.  
I am sure you agree this is a great opportunity for likeminded individuals in Formby and the surrounding areas to meet, raise awareness and have fun!
Lauren would also like to invite you to some events that are coming up:
Community Quiz Night
Get your thinking caps on for our fun Formby quiz night for a chance to win some great prizes. There will be multiple rounds along with a raffle and a chance to learn more about our Formby Community Fundraising Group.
Event Details: Where: Cross House Inn, Three Tuns Lane, Formby
When: Wednesday 19th June 2013 from 7pm.
Quiz start 8pmTeams of 4 may enter for just £1 per person, all proceeds go to the charity18 and over
Castle Coffee Morning
Sample Formby Pool Café’s tasty tea, coffee and cakes and relax with friends at our Castle Coffee Morning. There is a chance to win some great prizes at our raffle and see what work we do in the local community.
Event Details: Where: Formby Pool Café, Elbow Lane, Formby
When: Wednesday 26th June 2013 from 11am until 1pm
Just £2 per person for a drink and cake, all proceeds go to the charity.

For more information please visit: www.roycastle.org/formbygroup or contact Lauren on 0333 323 7200 (9116) / lauren.jones@roycastle.org


Formby Green Belt Discussion Begins New Phase

Formby Green Belt and Housing Debate

Sefton Council commences the next phase of it's deliberations about the future of the Green Belt and other parcels of land in Formby on Tuesday 28 May.

At the meeting (6.30pm start)  in Bootle Town Hall the Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Regeneration and Environmental Services) will consider the officers reports.

The recommendation from the officers is:

That Overview and Scrutiny note the content approach and conclusions of the Preferred Option Document and provide comment on it.
(source: Sefton MBC Web Site)

The recommended option is shown below:

Option Two is recommended as the Preferred Option. There are a number of key factors which support this recommendation.....
(Source: Sefton MBC web site)

This diagram below shows the proposed development sites in Formby included in  Preferred Option 2. Click on the map for a full size view of the diagram.


The Agenda and all the Officers report  are available on the Sefton MBC web site click here...

Follow the debate or add your views on Twitter: @formbyvillage or @formbyfirst use the Hashtag #formbygb


NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group Meeting

The NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS SFCCG) is holding its first Governing Body meeting in public at the end of May.

It will be an opportunity for Sefton residents to listen to the CCG discussing local health services and hear members of the Governing Body make decisions about their work and healthcare.

Click here for the whole story and details of the meeting....

20,000 Hospital appointments missed

HospitalLogo2Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is urging patients to let staff know if they are unable to attend an outpatient appointment.

In the past year, the Trust has missed out on over £2 million worth of income because patients failed to attend appointments and did not let inform the hospital beforehand. That’s over 20,000 appointment slots across all specialities that could have been given to other patients.

For the complete story follow here...


Planning Proposal Within The Green Lane Conservation Area

This extract from a Sefton MBC press release is dated 8 May - 6 June.

The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2010 Planning (Listed Buildings & Conservation Areas) Act 1990

The following applications have been made to Sefton Council
Spar Store, 1 Green Lane, Formby

Installation of three new windows and roller shutters to the side elevation
This site lies within the Green Lane conservation area

Conversion of the existing storeroom / showroom to residential
This site lies within the Lord Street conservation area

For more see the full press release here


The Neighbourhood Plan Process

I came across a handy graphic that summarises the process involved in producing a neighbourhood plan. To see it in detail click on the image below.

NeighbourhoodPlanProcess(Source: The Handy Guide to Planning 2012 at http://www.urbanforum.org.uk/ accessed 22 May 2013)

In Formby the two local Parish Councils are at different stages in the process. Formby Parish Council is at the second stage. It has applied for a neighbourhood area to be designated. and is waiting for Sefton MBC to respond.

Little Altcar Parish Council includes most of the southern edge of the town. The agriculural land between Liverpool Road and Formby By-Pass along with the Power House site are included within it's boundaries, they are known to be subject to potential housing development.

At it's meeting on 22nd May 2013 Little Altcar Parish Council will consider whether of not to proceed with the process. At present the Council has not decided on any course of action.

A close look at the graphic illustrates above some of the steps and constraints involved.


Little Altcar Parish Council Meeting

I, Joan Croasdell (Parish Clerk) hereby give notice that the meeting of the Council of the above named Parish will take place on Tuesday 21st May 2013 at 7.30pm at Formby Library.

All members of the Council are hereby summoned to attend for the purpose of considering and deciding upon the business to be transacted at the meeting as set out hereunder.

Members of the Public are also cordially invited to attend the meeting......

For details of the agenda follow this link .....

Please note: the normal meeting will be proceeded by the Annual General meeting of the Council. The retiring will Chair will present the annual report. This will be followed by the appointment of the new Chair and Vice-Chair for the municipal year 2013-2014.


The World’s First Lifeboat Station - An Illustrated Talk

The World’s First Lifeboat Station - Thursday 23rd May

At this illustrated talk you will learn more about Formby’s Lifeboat Station from Formby civic Society’s Reg Yorke. Sadly all that remains today are the footings, but its story is fascinating. 

Please contact us for details and to reserve your place,

0151 934 2964 or email landscape.partnership@sefton.gov.uk

Come dine with me at hospital

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is recruiting volunteers to take part in a new project called 'Come Dine with Me'. These volunteers will be known as dining companions.

The role of a dining companion will be to sit with a patient on a one-to-one basis .. 

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