Lifetime honour for spinal team

More than 100 years of caring for spinal injured patients by three NHS staff was recognised this month with Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Consultant surgeon Bakul Soni, Sister Sandra McCarthy and occupational therapy lead Julie Jones  were honoured at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s ninth annual Pride Awards. Spinal team

The awards came as the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre at Southport hospital prepares to host the prestigious international Guttmann conference on spinal injury care.

 

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Is Formby being overwhelmed by visitors?

The hot weather this weekend has resulted in the usual traffic congestion and full car parks.

Traffic jam

Once more residents lives have been disrupted by overwhelming visitor numbers. They come from all over the region, many travelling long distances in the hope of enjoying a 'day out' at the sea. They are confronted by congested roads, traffic jams and long queues for parking.

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Today and Tomorrow

This weekend looks like it's ideal for a visit to the seaside.

Beach Combing

The Wildlife Trusts - Irish Sea. Our vision is for seas that are productive with thriving wildlife.

There are eight local Wildlife Trusts that surround the Irish Sea.

Together, we are the largest voluntary organisation dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places, across the UK and Isle of Man, in the countryside, in cities and at sea.

But let's leave as you found it, as you'd like to find it. Don't leave any traces of your visit, tread softly on our common land and shore. Think of your children, your grandchildren and their children. We've only got one planet.

 

Enjoy the weekend.

 


Formby locals urged to rediscover love of cycling

A Dutch cyclist is urging people to rediscover the delights of Formby – by bike.

Cycling Formby
Linda van deer HaagLinda van der Haar from bike hire scheme Bike & Go, which operates from participating train stations including Formby, Ainsdale and Southport, says that the varied cycle routes around the area are a gift to those who enjoy cycling – but that even more people could be making the most of them.

The keen cyclist who moved to the region from Amsterdam two years ago, has been particularly impressed by the Asparagus Cycle Route, the Cheshire Lines, and overall flat terrain.

She is now calling for those more used to getting behind the wheel to use Bike Week, which runs until this Sunday, as the perfect opportunity to see their locality from a new perspective.

 


Civil Enforcement Officers (CEO’s) in Sefton have new Powers

Sefton Council has announced new actions to combat dog fouling and littering.

Civil Enforcement Officer in Sefton are exercising newly acquired powers

The duties and powers of civil enforcement officers and of traffic wardens are now combined with respect to the issuing of fixed penalty notices for additional offences; and for connected purposes.


Dog Dirt 2Civil Enforcement Officers (CEO’s) in Sefton have new powers to tackle dog fouling and littering. 

Many officers can now issue fixed-penalty-notices of up to £75 for anyone caught dropping litter or not picking up their dog’s waste.

This is on top of their ability to issue parking notices. 

The new powers recently came into force and falls within Sefton Council’s 2030 Vision of creating a clean, green and beautiful borough......more

 


The Future for Business is Digital

What will Formby be like in the future?

I don't know about you but it's clear we are living through a period of enormous change and upheaval, not least of it in the world of work and business.

More than 100 business delegates from across Sefton descended on Hugh Baird College to learn more about exciting new developments in the field of digital technologies for small firms. 

The theme for Sefton Economic Forum was ‘The Future for Business is Digital’, and was organised by Sefton Growth Hub, part of the Council’s InvestSefton enterprise and investment service. 

Subjects discussed at the event, included digital technologies as an enabler for small firms, future trends, and the many free applications available online to help businesses improve productivity, save time and reduce costs.

The meeting set out to help existing businesses to confront the challenges of new technologies, but I'm interested in the more local level here in Formby.

We know our local Parish Councils have spent at least 2/3 years on a Neighbourhood Plan and we know that has cost quite a lot of time, consultation and money in the preparation. Are you, like me, wondering when that will be adopted? Are the two local Councils going to agree the way forward?

It seems to me given the time taken so far over preparing the plan, it may no longer be fit for purpose. I think we have a right to expect our local civic leaders to be precisely that, leaders.

I'm fast beginning to think that they have lost their way and in doing do, are failing us all in the community.

What do you think?

  image from www.formby.today

 

 


Statement By Merseyside Councils of Faiths

On behalf of Merseyside Council of Faiths, we wish to express our shock and concern following the atrocities last night at the Manchester Arena.

InterfaithWe remember and offer our condolences to the family and friends of those killed and maimed notably many children and young people. We also rejoice at the generosity and solidarity shown by so many Mancunians and the speedy and effective response of the Emergency Services.
 
Merseyside and Greater Manchester have a long history of faith communities working together to promote equality, social justice, and community harmony. We send our good wishes to all those involved in working for community solidarity in the wake of this atrocity notably to all the faith communities in Manchester notably our sister body the Faith Network for Manchester (FN4M).
 
We send a strong message to all who want to use religion to divide our communities that all the faiths stand together today. There is no place in our society for hatred and violence.
 
We again encourage all people (including gatherings of faith communities, in schools, and of community groups) to use the Universal Prayer of Peace as a sign of our solidarity with all those affected:
 
Lead us from death to Life, from falsehood to Truth.
Lead us from despair to Hope, from fear to Trust.
Lead us from hate to Love, from war to Peace.
Let Peace fill our heart, our world, our universe.
Peace, Salaam, Shalom
 
Dr. Shiv Pande MBE DL and the Revd Dr. Sheryl Anderson (Co-Chairs)
 

Woodlands primary school anniversary

CALLING all former Woodlands Primary pupils – can you help celebrate the Formby school’s 50th anniversary this summer?

Woodwards school 50th AnniversaryThe school is looking for your memories as a pupil, teacher or parent since it opened its doors on Woodlands Road, Formby, in 1967.

They are staging an exhibition for the pupils of today to see how their school looked back in the 1960s and how it has changed down the years.

So any photos, old uniforms and stories from your time — or your children’s time — at the school would be more than welcome.

The golden jubilee exhibition will feature at the school’s summer fair on Saturday 1 July from 1pm where all former pupils and teachers can take a trip down memory lane.

Get in touch with the school office at Woodlands in Formby if you have anything to contribute or our Facebook page - Search FOWSA - Friends of Woodlands School Association.

 


Latest on Land At Formby Point

Sefton Council is seeking formal approval to transfer land at Formby Point to the National Trust.

SeftonNTLogosIn March 2017, Sefton Council announced discussions had taken place regarding the potential transfer of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols from Sefton’s ownership to The National Trust.

A public notice to dispose of the land was then issued which asked for comments regarding this.

From the correspondence received, there was over-whelming support for the transfer of land to the National Trust. A petition was received with 69 names in favour of the transfer along with 7 separate written responses - 3 supportive and 4 not in favour.

Following further discussions with National Trust, a report is now going to Cabinet on May 25 recommending approval to transfer land at Formby Point to the National Trust.

It would see more than 204 hectares become part of the National Trust Formby portfolio which is home to one of the very best mobile sand dune habitats in the UK.

Sarah Kemp, Executive Director at Sefton Council, said:

"The feedback received over the potential transfer of land in Formby to the National Trust was very supportive and gives extra support for this proposal.

"We are now in a position to recommend the transfer of the land to the National Trust for them to develop a richer visitor experience with local communities and secure the future of this extraordinary coastline.

"We have said all along that we believe the land transfer will enable the National Trust to make a significant contribution to the outcomes of the Sefton 2030 Vision. It will also enable a positive impact in terms of managing the broader landscape for the benefit of people, the local economy, natural wildlife and the environment."


The dunes themselves are home to rare wildlife including sand lizards, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles and the rare Natterjack toad. The pine woodlands that fringe the coast provide a wonderful habitat to rare and much loved red squirrels.

The significance of the land at Lifeboat Road recreation area and Ravenmeols has been recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area.

Rebecca Burton, National Trust Assistant Director of Operations, said:

"Our discussions with Sefton have been progressing very well and we are really encouraged by the positive feedback received to the public notice about the potential land transfer.

“We appreciate just how important the Formby Coast is to the people who love it and use it and for the rare wildlife that makes its home here. We look forward to the Cabinet decision and the opportunity that the transfer would offer for the Trust to invest in better visitor facilities and access for the benefit of people who enjoy this special place.

“Our aim is to continue to ensure that Formby Point can continue to be used and enjoyed by future generations. We want to continue caring for and protecting this special piece of coastline, working closely with our neighbours, key stakeholders and partners to shape our plans.”

The land transfer would coincide with 2017 being the Year of Sefton's Coast and also the 50 year anniversary of the National Trust in Formby.

Chris Owen
Communications Manager
Sefton Council
Magdalen House, Trinity Road
Bootle L20 3NJ
communications@sefton.gov.uk
0151 934 2723


CCGs celebrate International Nurses Day with sweet success

Here's a catch-up from our local NHS CCG about the International Nurse Day celebrations event locally.

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG took part in a charity lunch break cake sale as part of International Nurses Day 2017 on Friday 12 May.

To mark the occasion, CCG staff showed their baking skills and brought in cakes for a charitable donation raising over £100 for the Royal College of Nurses (RCN) Foundation. This money will go towards supporting the needs of nurses, midwives and health care assistants as well as nursing students.

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse and quality officer at NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “I will have been a nurse for 28 years in June and having worked in both hospitals and in community settings before I started working in commissioning I always think about how it comes back to getting the quality of nursing right. This is why we work together with our nurses across Sefton on a regular basis and put our patients at the forefront of all we do.


image from www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk