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Police And Fire Service Issue Warning

The following is an extract from a statement published by Merseyside Police. 

People causing anti-social behaviour over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period can expect a swift response from Merseyside Police.

As well as having extra patrols out to deal with problems quickly, police are asking everyone to play their part to ensure that the Halloween and Bonfire Night period passes off peacefully and that people don't use the nights as an excuse to cause anti-social behaviour.

Young people are reminded to take personal responsibility for their actions and not to cause people undue concerns.

Parents are asked to make sure they know where their children are and what they are doing. They are also asked to make sure that youngsters know the dangers of playing with fireworks, not only to other people, but also to themselves.

And shopkeepers are being urged not to sell items that can be misused to cause damage, such as cans of shaving foam, flour, eggs and matches, to young people.

Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service are working together to ensure that any illegal fires are quickly extinguished and those responsible for starting them are dealt with rapidly.


Formby Halloween 2013

FormbyAgeUK1It's almost Halloween. All the usual paraphenalia associated with this popular celebration are on display in shops. Stories about fields full of pumpkins feature in our newspapers.

It won't be long before a stream of tiny 'trick or treaters' are knocking on our doors.

I'm no different from anyone else so here's my contribution. I spotted it in the village. It's the seasonal window display at the Formby Age UK charity shop.

It seems to be a fine example of 'entering the spirit' of the occasion. But a little more thought made me wonder whether it was unwittingly anticipating the longer term effect of aging!

Enjoy Halloween, but a note of caution remember some people don't want to be disturbed on the night and are even frightened on some occasions.

Take care of your neighbours.


Health And Well Being Board Meeting

AnnualHealthReportSeftonSefton's Health and Well Being Board is holding a meeting today, 30 October at Bootle Town Hall. The meeting starts at 1.30 pm and will be chaired by Cllr Ian Moncur.

Amongst those attending wll be Dr Janet Atherton, Director of Public Health,  Fiona Clark, Dr Niall Leonard and Dr Clive Shaw all from the local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG).

During the meeting Dr Atherton will present her annual public health report.

This is a statutory independent report by the Director of Public Health and identifies key health issues affecting the Sefton population.

The extensive report covers a range of issues including:

  • Health Needs
  • Health improvement
  • Health Protection and
  • Health Care

For your information local Health and Well Being Boards are:

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 establishes health and wellbeing boards as a forum where key leaders from the health and care system work together to improve the health and wellbeing of their local population and reduce health inequalities.

Health and wellbeing board members will collaborate to understand their local community's needs, agree priorities and encourage commissioners to work in a more joined-up way. As a result, patients and the public should experience more joined-up services from the NHS and local councils in the future.

See more at: http://www.local.gov.uk/health/-/journal_content/56/10180/3510973/ARTICLE#sthash.amLZGMFj.dpuf 


It's Wild About Gardens Week (25-31 October)

PetAmphibian1It's Wild About Gardens Week (25-31 October) which aims to highlight just how much gardeners can do to help declining wildlife. Plant spring bulbs, rewild a community garden, build creature homes and much more. This small amphibian has taken up residence in our garden. Small water features, fountains and dense bushes seem to be ideal.

Do you want a starter idea:

Do something in two hours
These tasks are relatively simple and don't take too long to do:

Build a bee hotel
Unlike the familiar bumblebee, mason bees are solitary. After hatching in spring, the female spends most of her life searching for hollow stems in which to lay her eggs. If you can provide something suitable, she’ll come to you.

Make a log shelter
Dead wood is full of living things! Rotting wood is both home and food for various beetle grubs and a vast army of other mini-beasts. All these creatures make a tasty snack for birds, hedgehogs and frogs

Plant a tree
Mature trees are really important for attracting wildlife. A research project at Sheffield University found that large trees in a garden were the best predictor of the overall diversity of creatures in the garden.

For more: http://wildaboutgardens.org.uk/

Outcome Of Recent License Applications

Another quick 'catch-up' posting. Recently Formby Domino's Pizza and the former Quo Vadis applied for changes in their licenses. (See http://www.formbyfirst.org.uk/2013/10/license-changes.html)

At the subsequent licensing committee it was reported that because of the use of a wrong address on the public notice by Sefton the Domino's application could not proceed for legal reasons. Presumably the process will be restarted.

In the case of the former Quo Vadis application the single objector had withdrawn their objection following discussions with the licensee. The matter was then not proceeded with by the committee.

(Source: Sefton web site, accessed 28 October 2013 see: http://modgov.sefton.gov.uk/moderngov/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=161&MId=7596)

Reminder: Housing Development Meeting Cancelled

A short post to remind you that the Planning Committee meeting called for today, the 28 October has been cancelled.

The meeting was originally called to consider an application for extensive housing development on green belt land at Liverpool Road, Formby.

The developers have withdrawn the application.


Met Office Forecast For Formby

This is the Met Office weather forecast for Formby. The chart is an extract taken from the Met Office web site, it was accessed at 5.30 pm, 27 October 2013.

The details suggest that Formby will miss the worst of the forthcoming storm. There are 'Yellow warnings' of heavy rain and the public are warned to be aware of the potential for surface water flooding.


According to reports in some parts of the country the storm is likely to have a severe impact,  particularly in the Southwest.

Here's Nick Grahame,the Chief Forecaster explaining the latest forecast.

Formby Red Squirrels Need Your Help

Become a 'Friend of the Red Squirrels'

This winter at Formby, The National Trust needs your help. They must raise £1,600 to plant ½ hectare of mixed conifers and £2,400 for fencing to shield the young trees. These habitats will become homes for future generations of red squirrels.

Your support will make a difference. They ask you to:

Text 'SQRL01' plus amount (for example, £5) to 70070.

For more information see: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby/