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Time to Solve the Holiday Traffic Crisis?

Did you know you can write directly to your local Councillors or any of your other elected representatives?

Contact Your PoliticiansLook to the right of this post, just enter your postcode and follow the rest of the instructions.

Here's my letter to my local Sefton Councillors.

If you feel like I do can I suggest you use the same link to write your own letter, the system won't send copies of letters already submitted.

Good luck.

Dear Catie Page, Bob McCann and Maria Bennett,

As residents of Formby we are all aware of the chaotic traffic problems caused by the weight of visitor traffic during high seasons and holidays.

Most if not all observers will be horrified by some of the dangerous, potentially life threatening results. Jammed roads making it impossible for emergency vehicles to pass, vehicles stranded in the middle of the level crossing at Freshfield station, trapping residents on their properties because of inconsiderate and illegal parking.

Despite the growth in this issue I can find little or no evidence that Sefton Council, Formby Parish Council together with The National Trust finding effective solutions yet.

I know that parking restrictions have been put in place, but so far the solutions seems to be reactive rather than proactive. It's clear that most if not all visitors come by car and with very little or no notice find themselves caught in the jams, they queue waiting in vain not knowing how long that wait may take or how far they have to travel.  We all know that there is insufficient parking spaces on the really busy days and this in turn leads to cars parking close to the access points. It's fortunate that the dramatic scenes of last weekend are limited to a relatively small number of days in the year. Small comfort for the residents most badly affected.

As a resident I'd like to see the evidence of concern over this issue. Links on the Council web sites to documents, meetings and actions taken are required - occasional 'tweets' are not sufficient.

Can I suggest all of the Bodies involved need to address how best to be proactive. Visitors need more advice sooner.

Solar powered Mobile Variable Systems, Highway Agency approved are worth worth trying out. They can be hired for trials.

Secondly it might be worth considering a plan based on Zoning. An outer zone with signs on the by-pass with the latest up-to-date advice. The next zone within Formby using similar signs. Finally as a last resort but a necessary remedial response, some means of directing vehicles to places on roads to park and helping visitors to access the beach from different points. There are a range of different paths that need signposting with advice on the time it would take or access advice (Wheelchairs, pushchairs etc).

The solution also needs to incorporate the use of Social Media - these days most visitors will have access to mobile phones. It would help to use commonly agreed #hashtags such as #formbyparking.

Another aspect of an overall plan would be to accept that visitors arrive at different times of the day. Early arrivals do not cause the problem but on 'high days and holidays' from 11.30am or at times of high tides visitors need active relevant and live updates. There has to be an organisational infrastructure in place, both physical and human.

A solution will cost money, we all have to accept it, but perhaps on a longer term, means can be found to generate an income from visitors to offset some of these casts.

I hope you will seriously consider these suggestions and help reassure the besieged residents of Formby something is being done to resolve an ever-worsening problem.

Many thanks,

Sean Brady

 

 


Formby Today : 31 May

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Tuesday 31 May 1.050am

Where's the evidence that traffic problems are been addressed?

I've asked Sefton Council to the links on their web site that document the discussions, meetings and reports on the holiday traffic problems we experience in Formby, particularly in the NTFormby area. More soon.

Tuesday 31 May 10.40am

There's always something to see or do on our doorstep.

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Formby Today : 30 May

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Monday 30 May 11.50am

NTFormby car park full, Police issue advice to stay away.

Monday 30 May 9.25am

Be prepared for long delays and frustration.

This issue requires an active traffic management system. The current passive response in place isn't working.

Isn't this Mobile Variable System worth trying out?

It's Highway Agency approved and can be hired, why aren't our local Councillors calling for more action, rather than just calling for meetings? Formby deserves 'Action Not Words'!

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Call for a Pegasus Crossing on Formby By-pass

Horse riders are seeking your support for their petition for a controlled crossing on the Formby By-Pass.

Pegasus crossingA Pegasus crossing (also equestrian crossing) is a type of signal control pedestrian crossing with special consideration for horse riders.

This type of crossing is nicknamed after the mythical winged horse,  Pegasus.

 


Formby First Weekend

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Sunday 29 May 3.15pm

Sunny Bank Holiday weekend usual problems

Saturday 28 May 2.35pm

A suspicious object causes disruption

Earlier today the John Lewis store was evacuated and parts of Liverpool One were cordoned off while the Police and the Bomb squad dealt with a suspicious object.

More coverage of this story can be seen here: Breaking Story

Saturday 28 May

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Formby Today : 27 May

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Don’t Forget Your Bank Holiday Prescriptions

Examine-your-options-webWith the bank holiday fast approaching, people with long-term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, lung and heart disease are being reminded not to leave it too late to get their repeat prescriptions but to only order what they need.

Many GP surgeries will be closed on the bank holiday Monday, so it is wise for people to think about the medication they will need before the long weekend begins.

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said:

“There are thousands of people living with a long-term health condition in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire and we want to make sure that people with these illnesses have a good long weekend. The last thing we want is for people to run out of their medication but it is also important that they don’t over order to avoid unnecessary waste. We don’t want patients to become poorly and have to spend part of their weekend in hospital.”

Dr John Caine, Local GP and NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) chair, said:

“We are reminding people about the services on offer to them such as Care at the Chemist (minor ailments) and the NHS 111 service which will be invaluable over the weekend. A simple visit to your high street chemist could make all the difference. Your pharmacist can give you useful advice on how to deal with common bugs, such as coughs, colds, sore throats and the flu so that you can take precautions.”

The local NHS CCGs in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire are also reminding people to examine their options and that A&E and 999 services are for life-threatening and serious conditions.

Feeling Unwell? - Examine Your Options

Across the area there are a range of health services to support people if they feel unwell or have any health concerns. There are services which you may be unfamiliar with, but could be more appropriate and convenient for you depending on your specific issue.

For minor ailments and injuries your best route to recover is likely to be self-care. There are a variety of services that can support you to do this:

Pharmacy Services

Your local pharmacy can offer free, confidential and expert advice on a range of health issues. They can help you prepare for many of the common illnesses like coughs and colds and ensure you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet over the weekend.

NHS.UK

You can find a wealth of trusted advice about hundreds of health conditions and details of GPs, pharmacies and dentists in your local area by visiting the NHS.uk website: www.nhs.uk. It also includes a symptom checker.

NHS 111

When you need medical help or advice fast, but it is not a 999 emergency, you can also call the NHS 111 service. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from mobiles and landlines.

If you need medical care for illnesses you cannot treat yourself, then your GP should be your next port of call.

Your Local GP

Your GP should be your first point of contact for non-emergency illnesses you can’t treat yourself. Your GP is available from 8.00am to 6.30pm weekdays.

If you don’t have a GP, you can register with your local surgery. If you’re not sure where this is, you can find out at: www.nhs.uk or call 0300 77 77 007.

GP Out of Hours Service

If your local surgery is closed, you can still see a GP with the GP out-of-hours service; just call 111 and you can speak to a local GP over the phone or face to face if necessary.

It is very likely that you and your family will be seen and treated more quickly using the out-of-hours service than if you were waiting to see a doctor in A&E, especially at busy times.

For more information please visit www.examineyouroptions.info.

For Southport and Formby pharmacy opening times over the bank holiday click here.

For West Lancashire pharmacy opening times over the bank holiday, please visithttp://www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk/ 

 


Formby Today : 26 May

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Sefton Coast Events Guide now available

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Book your place on this NTFormby event

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Formby Today : 25 May

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Join the Young Creatives at The Atkinson

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MP opens new spinal day room

John Pugh MP officially opened a refurbished day room for patients at Southport Hospital.

John Pugh MPThe new room will be used by patients of The North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre, at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

The centre cares for people with spinal cord injuries from Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria, Cheshire, parts of North Wales and the Isle of Man.

The day room has now been completely revamped providing a light, bright location for patients to cook meals, chat and relax.

Emily Hoban, who runs the centre, said:

“We were delighted Mr Pugh was able to officially open this new facility which will provide a fantastic environment for our patients.”

The centre is internationally recognised for the excellent treatment of people with high cervical spinal cord injury.

Issued by Dickie Felton
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
Telephone     01704 705061
Email              dickie.felton@nhs.net
Web                www.southportandormskirk.nhs.uk
Twitter            @SONHSTrust