The Formby Parish Council Meeting Summons has just been issued.
The agenda includes two items which I've highlighted, they are sure to catch the eye of the Public and I suspect it will be a very crowded meeting as a result.
All members of the Council are hereby summoned to attend the next Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council, which will be held at Formby Library, Duke Street, Formby, on Tuesday 6 February 2018, at 7.00pm.
1.0 To receive Apologies....
3.0 Public Forum (the meeting will be adjourned for this item)....etc
7.4 To receive a verbal report regarding the planned removal of the Chapel Lane trees and to determine whether further technical evaluation should take place and provide funding for that purpose.
8.0 To authorise Payments...etc
I'm presuming that the tree felling by Sefton Council has been suspended while the Parish Council belatedly catches up with public opinion, questions, misunderstandings or simple bewilderment.
The inclusion of the item highlighted above (7.4) confirms, for me, how badly all the Councillors have handled the issue.
- Wouldn't it have helped to involve the public sooner and hold meetings? Any Councillor could have done that at any time.
- Why not consider a 'Technical Evaluation' earlier, surely that should have been the starting point. Any Councillor could have tabled a Notice of Motion to that effect at any time.
- Why didn't the Formby Parish Council not include the issue in the Neighbourhood Plan consultation process - this issue goes to the heart of the economic life of our town.
- Though I'm sure readers can think of more questions, as I write this, there is no formal notice about the suspension of the tree felling plan from either Council or spokesperson, despite the extensive public disquiet. Keep the public informed.
- Finally, dare I suggest we shouldn't elect members who serve on both Sefton and Formby Parish Council (Dual hatted), it seems to me it obscures their separate roles and has a tendency to introduce Party Politics into matters.
What do you think?
PS: Cllr M Bennett has posted a comment in response to the previous story - See the comment