Local people and coastal users are invited to come along and find out more about the potential transfer of land at Formby Point to the National Trust at a special drop-in event on Saturday 18 March at the Lifeboat Road car park from 11am to 3pm.
Staff and volunteers from the National Trust and Sefton Council will be on hand to talk to residents and users of the coast at Formby and to answer any questions. Children can get hands-on with free activities and coffee, and ice creams will be available for purchase
The event follows the announcement last week that positive discussions have taken place between the National Trust and Sefton Council over the potential transfer of 204 acres of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols. If agreed, this would mean that the dunes and pine forests would become part of the National Trust’s portfolio. 2017 marks 50 years of the National Trust caring for land at Formby and is also Sefton’s Year of the Coast. The area is of vital importance for its mobile dune habitat and is home to rare wildlife including sand lizards, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles, Natterjack toads and red squirrels. It is also much loved and used by residents and visitors.
Joanne Hudson, General Manager for the National Trust in Central and South Lancashire, said:
"We are excited about the opportunity this transfer would offer to improve visitor facilities and access along the coast, working together with local people to shape plans. We’ve already been talking to people over the past year about what they would like to see improved. So far, we know that they would like more toilets, to buy a cup of coffee and to continue to visit this special place. Our aim is to ensure that this amazing stretch of coast will be protected and can continue to be used and enjoyed by future generations. We hope you will come and talk to us, ask any questions you may have and tell us what you would like to see happen at Formby Point.”
Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, added:
“Positive discussions have taken place with National Trust with the view of transferring land to them to develop further and secure the future of this fantastic coastline.
We see this as an amazing opportunity where National Trust can improve and invest on this piece of land for the benefit of our communities and the many visitors to our borough. The drop in session is a perfect opportunity for people to find out more about this exciting development so please come along and feel free to ask any questions. We want to hear peoples’ views to help develop this site for future generations.”
Residents can also discover what makes this stretch of coast, so special on a series of Spring walks and talks throughout April and May. These will provide a chance to explore the local wildlife, including learning more about its rare squirrel and toad residents. For more information, please visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby/news/the-future-care-of-formby-point
Any objections or representations to the proposed disposal must be made in writing and addressed to Mr David Street, Assets and Property Manager, Sefton Council, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle, L20 3NJ, no later than March 22, 2017.