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Sefton Council Rejects More Pedestrian Crossings in Formby

Pedestrian ControlMy first foray into public life involved setting up a petition asking for a pedestrian crossing on Southport Road.

Eventually I became interested in local politics and I stood for election on 3 May 1979. It's illuminating that the same issues are still being discussed 35 years later.

Here's an extract for the latest reports on pedestrian crossings in Formby.

In order for a pedestrian crossing to be justified at any given location, vehicle and pedestrian surveys are undertaken. These surveys are carried out between 8am and 6pm on a weekday during the school term, which is when both traffic and pedestrian flows can be expected to be at their highest level.

The results are then calculated for each hour using the Department for Transport (DfT) formula PV2, where P represents the number of pedestrians crossing the road and V represents the number of vehicles travelling along the road. An average of the 4 highest hourly figures are taken, which must exceed 0.5 x 108 in order for the site to be considered for inclusion in the Pedestrian
Crossing Review Programme.
The Traffic and pedestrian surveys were carried out in March 2014

These are the outcomes for sites investigated in Formby.

Southport Road, Formby (Adjacent to Deansgate Lane) – 9.4m wide bus route. Possible siting problems due to existing driveways and bus stop. Repeated requests for crossing for school children and bus passengers.
Recommended for pedestrian refuge.

Duke Street, Formby (Outside park entrance) – 6.8m wide carriageway on a bus route, which may require waiting restrictions either side of any potential pedestrian refuge to allow buses to squeeze through.
May have issues with adjoining residents but recommended for pedestrian refuge.

Liverpool Road, Formby (By Marina Road) – This is an existing Zebra Crossing, and was included with the review in order to convert it to a Puffin Crossing.
The low PV2 value does not warrant conversion to a Puffin.

I've always been puzzled by the way that survey figures always seem to outweigh commonsense - what do you think?

(Source: For the full report see http://modgov.sefton.gov.uk/moderngov/documents/s55976/CMT%2024.09.14%20-%20Ped%20Crossing%20review.pdf )

Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group Meetings

I attended the AGM of the Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (SFCCG). This meeting was then followed by a normal meeting of the full board.

There were quite a number of observers from the general community and I tweeted a small running commentary throughout both meetings. These observations are included below for your information.

All the meeting documents are available here: http://www.southportformbyccg.org.uk/?page_id=343

Installation of lifts at Formby station

A planning application to install lifts at Formby Station has been received by Sefton Council.

There is as of yet very little detail or any supporting documents but the first official notice has been received. The details on Sefton Coucil web site are as follows:

Proposal: Installation of new lifts

Address: Formby Station Formby Bridge Formby
Reference DC/2014/01659
Alternative Reference Not Available
Application Received Tue 09 Sep 2014

Status Pending Consideration


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Southport Air Show 2014

Sat, 20 Sep 2014 until Sun, 21 Sep 2014

The Southport Air Show on the seafront is one of the largest aviation events in the North West.

Southport Airshow IllustrationThe Southport Air Show opens at 9am with a range of activities on the ground from 9:00, including attractions such as static aircraft, bungee trampolines, assault courses, water walkers and much more.

From 10am you can witness light aircraft landing on the beach, as the only Air Show in the UK that has this, it is a unique sight not to be missed. The flying programme starts from midday and in the past the Red Arrows have impressed the audience with their patriotic displays and aerobatics.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is also a firm favourite with the audience, commemorating World War II with their display. Attracting over 80,000 visitors over the two days with a packed flying programme and activities on the beach, this family event is not to be missed! 

Tickets are now on sale. All of this along with a lot more aircraft and activities in the Air Show Village can be enjoyed for the entire day for only £7.32 per person (including all fees), plus if you are bringing little ones along under 5's are free, making this day out with the family even more affordable. Become part of our aviation past and present; humbled by the World War displays, thrilled by the daring aerobatics and fast jets by booking your tickets today, saving even more money buying in advance.

Flying programme Confirmed for both days of the air show the aircraft below are all subject to change. Times will be confirmed just before the event, apart from the Red Arrows (times listed below).

The Red Arrows - Saturday 14:00 / Sunday 12:00

The Typhoon

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight with the Canadian Lancaster

The Tutor

The Tucano Black Cat

Lynx Merlin


Sea King SAR Demo

Lynx AH7

Hurricane - Hangar 11

The Blades Huey

Spitfire XIX - Rolls Royce

Great War Team