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I think most of the residents in Formby would agree that this action is reassuring and hope it leads to improvements.


Rail Strike: Merseyrail Statement

Merseyrail have issued the following statement following the decision of the Rail Trade Union, RMT to strike.

Network RailFollowing a rejection of the latest pay deal offered by Network Rail, the rail trade union, RMT, has announced that members will be taking 24 hours strike action from 1700 Thursday 4 June through to 1659 on Friday 5 June 2015.

A further 48 hours of action will take place from 1700 on Tuesday 9 until Thursday 11 June. In addition there will be action short of a strike from 0001 Saturday 6 June to 2359 on Friday 12 June 2015.

RMTThis action will mean that many of the signal boxes and electrical control rooms controlling Merseyrail’s train services will be affected. We are currently working with Network Rail to understand the full impact of the industrial action and we are not yet in a position to provide full details of the impact on our train services.

A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group, representing rail operators and Network Rail, said:

“Should the RMT’s industrial action go ahead it will have a severe impact on millions of people’s travel plans and daily lives, disrupt vital freight deliveries across the country and harm the economy.

“The rail industry will work together to put in place contingency plans to manage disruption and make sure that passengers are kept informed with the latest travel information.”

Please keep checking the Merseyrail website for updates.

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#EdibleFormby Team Invite Public to 'Pick and Cook'

The #EdibleFormby team have launched a new initiative outside the small demonstration 'veg patch' in the grounds of Formby Pool.

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Four containers with a variety of herbs have been added to the newly landscaped play area outside the Pool Cafe. Residents and visitors alike are invited to take small samples of the herbs and use them in their cooking.

The team say,

We know that the Bridge Inn Community Farm project has successfully introduced a similar scheme at Formby Railway Station.

We hope that this is also positively received by local residents. So far the containers have been in place for over a week.

We tried the same thing last year, when the containers were closer to the Open Air Cafe and it all seemed to work.

Please let us know what you think or better still come and see us every Wednesday morning from 10.30 am in the 'veg patch'.

#Edible projects similar to this are common in towns and villages like Formby. The best example is in Todmorden, which has received world-wide attention. If you'd like to help the team expand and develop the project on a larger scale please use the email link in the right-hand column.

We have plans to open another small community veg garden elsewhere in Formby, if you're interested please contact us - leave your contact details with the staff in the Pool Cafe.

More Information: http://edibleformby.org.uk/


Notice of the Annual Meeting of the Formby Parish Council

Formby Parish Council AGM

The Annual Meeting of the Formby Parish Council will be held in the Ravenmeols Community Centre, Park Road, Formby on Tuesday 26 May 2015 at 7pm.

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

Claire Jenkins
Clerk to Formby Parish Council


1.0 To elect a Chairman for 2015-16, who will then sign the “Declaration of Acceptance of Office”

2.0 To elect a Vice Chairman 2015-16, who will then sign the “Declaration of Acceptance of Office”

3.0 To receive apologies for absence

4.0 To receive declarations of interest

5.0 To receive the retiring Chairman’s Annual Report

6.0 To appoint representatives to the following:

  • Central Sefton Area Committee
  • Sefton Area Partnership Local Councils
  • Sefton Rights of Way Group
  • Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group
  • Beachsafe 2015
  • Shopwatch 
  • Merseytravel Forum
  • Christmas Lights Committee

7.0 To agree Cllrs roles for 2015/16 in respect of:

  • Finance Group
  • General Purposes Group
  • Environment Group
  • Planning

8.0 To resolve that the Council meets the criteria set out by the Secretary of State in Parish Councils (General Power of Competence) (Prescribed Conditions) Order 2012.

Note - At the time of the resolution the number of councillors elected at the last election, or subsequent by-election must equal or exceed two thirds of the total seats; the Clerk must hold one of two sector-specific qualifications: CiLCA or the level Four qualification from the University of Gloustershire and must have passed section 7 of CiLCA if pre 2012.
The Council must confirm its eligibility at every annual meeting after ordinary elections.

9.0 To review the authorised signatories for the Parish Council bank accounts: 4 new Cllrs required to become authorised signatories.

Note: FPC was reformed in 2003 and has been under the control of the Conservative Party until this May. FRAG (a local political party) gained an overall majority in the election.