Weekend in Formby

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What goes around, comes around

Posted Saturday 9 December 10.00 am

Recently I've been tweeting very short fragments of stories about Formby from a past era. I thought you might like a chance to read this one in more detail. The first sentence seems to point to the current debate and division in the present Tory Party over free trade versus regulation.

Then there's a section which all seems to revolve around the issue of devolution and where the idea comes from. I love the reference to the likely impact of local Parish Councils, is the present Formby Council still working on its neighbourhood plan after 5 years?

Finally, the  'allotments' issue, it smacks of paternalism, this landed gentry MP is talking of policies to reduce working class resentment over the loss of land during the 'Clearance' and thus preventing revolution. Are these the 'just about managing' he's talking about, still suffering under a political system which fails to listen and represent their needs?

 

Formby Beach


Weekend in Formby

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Something for the weekend?

Posted Sunday 3 December 9.30 am

I thought you might like to see an ONS (Office for National Statistics) life expectancy tool. They made it available on Friday. Given the above average old age population in Formby, this may prove interesting.

ONS Life expectancyA man aged 65 years in the UK can now expect to live, on average, to 85.6 and a woman of the same age to 87.8, new figures reveal. A boy born today could expect to live to 89.5, whilst a girl could expect to live to 92.1.

Use our calculator to find out your life expectancy, your chance of living to 100 and how long you’re likely to need to make your pension pot last.

The illustration I've used is a male aged 55 years old. I'm much older and I was surprised my prediction is for 87. Pleasing though.

How about you, what's your predicted life expectancy?

https://visual.ons.gov.uk/what-is-my-life-expectancy-and-how-might-it-change/

Christmas is a-coming!

Posted Sunday 3 December 9.30 am

Don't worry you may have missed this opportunity to see Santa, but there's still plenty of time left before Christmas Day

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Love Formby’s shops?

Posted Saturday 2 December 9.30 am

Support Small Business Saturday

Small-Business-Saturday-2Why not rediscover your local shops and do your bit for small businesses across Sefton?

It’s national Small Business Saturday today and it’s a great way to support the independent shops and businesses where you live. Follow the activity on twitter #smallbizsatuk

 

 Visit the Formby Craft Fair

Posted Saturday 2 December  9.30 am


Formby residents have their say on the future of the coast

Protecting wildlife, improving facilities and maintaining Formby’s unique atmosphere are at the heart of residents’ hopes for Formby’s future, according to results of public consultations carried out over the summer by the National Trust.

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Source: NT website

Between July and September 2017, staff and volunteers hosted events across Formby to record residents’ ideas, concerns and hopes for the future of the coast. Events included an Open Day at the Gild Hall, a stall at the Formby Festival, and a series of ‘pop up’ consultations at locations in Formby village and on the National Trust site. Around 300 people were consulted, and their comments have been collated into a report, which is out now on the National Trust website.

The consultation coincides with the 50th anniversary of the National Trust taking on the care of the coast at Freshfield, and as the Trust takes on the care of an additional 204 hectares of land at Formby point.

National Trust General Manager Joanne Hudson said,

'Taking on the care of Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols makes this anniversary year an important moment in the history of the Formby Coast. It is a fantastic chance to rethink how the coast is cared for, for the benefit of the wildlife that that rely on the dunes and pinewoods, and also for residents and visitors who love the area.’

‘We have been working closely with our neighbours and stakeholders to develop plans for the future, and are delighted to have had the chance to record the views of so many people across Formby.’

‘The report shows that there is a high degree of trust around the National Trust's ability to care for the landscape and wildlife, but that there are concerns about visitor numbers, parking, litter and antisocial behaviour. A need for improved facilities and access were recurring themes.’

‘Residents want the site's unique atmosphere and areas of wildness to be safeguarded. A strong sense of the love and connection that people feel for the site came across in many comments, and we hope to build on that by continuing to work closely with the community as plans progress.’

The full report can be viewed or downloaded from the Formby National Trust Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby/documents/formby-consultation-summary-report-2017.pdf

To find out more about how to get involved with plans for the future, please visit:
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby/projects/get-involved---the-future-of-formby-point

 


This Week

 Monday 24 November 9.40 am 

Formby Library Bee Workshop

Book early to avoid disappointment

An opportunity to make hand and lip balms from local wax and honey.

These would be perfect Christmas presents. You can also sign up for a beekeeping course to take place in spring 2018.

 Thursday 23 November 10.00 am 

Tin Tabs Winter Bowling

Freshfield bowling club members are enjoying their first season of competitive winter bowling this year.

The Maghull winter league chose the club, in Timms Lane, as one of two locations for the games.

Every Saturday, bowlers from 16 clubs play in a team of two pairs. Each pair gains a point if they win and if both pairs win then the overall team gains three points.

It's early days yet, but both of the Freshfield teams have scored well and look likely to be in the final reckoning at the end of the season.

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A study in concentration Tin Tab members Frank McMahon (front) and Tony Dyson (rear) and Netherton Park players (middle)

The competition starts at 1.00 pm and lasts around two hours. The Clubhouse is open and visitors, players and supporters are welcome to enjoy Tin Tab hospitality, the bar is open and tea, coffee and biscuits are also available. 


 Wednesday 22 November 10.00 am 

What Formby Pool Trust is all about.

The Formby Pool Trust published this video yesterday explaining what it does and how it does it.

Set in the heart of our landscaped gardens. The award-winning centre boasts two luxurious pools, a wellness suite and cafe. 

Published on Youtube by The Formby Pool Trust on 20 Nov 2017

 

 Tuesday 21  November 9.30 am 

Community Lecture at Formby High School

 

Dr Jennifer Brown of the University of Liverpool will be speaking at the next 'Community Lecture' hosted by Formby High School on 22 November 2017 (7 pm).

The event is free to all members of the public - if you are interested, please contact either Formby High School or The University of Liverpool to reserve your tickets.

When 22 Nov 2017 at 7:00pm until 22 Nov 2017 at 9:00pm
Where Formby High School Freshfield Road Formby L37 3HW

Monday 20 November 9.30 am

Sefton Council celebrates #OurDay

#OurDay 2017 takes place 21 November. It is Sefton Council's chance to shine a light on the amazing work that we and our volunteers do to support our communities.

https://youtu.be/Nq8eHCPr2Yg

In common with local Councils around the country, Sefton Councils' participation will be 'live tweeted' using the hashtag #OurDay

 


Parking Restrictions proposed for Formby Village

On 10 November Cllr John Fairclough, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member - Locality Services will be asked to give approval for the introduction of Traffic Regulation Orders at various locations in Formby Village.

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He will consider two reports, an extract from one of these is shown below.

Following objections to the introduction of car parking charges on Sumner Road car park, it was agreed with Ward Members and Parish Councillors, that officers would carry out a comprehensive parking survey prior to the introduction of the parking charges. This was done in September 2015.

A second survey was carried out in April 2017, once parking patterns had settled down, in order to establish whether there had been any displacement of parking following the car park charges. In both surveys, special attention was also given to several areas where complaints had already been received, regarding obstructive and dangerous parking.

The purpose of this report is to highlight whether any parking has been displaced, following the introduction of the charges, and to evaluate whether any roads within the study area required additional waiting restrictions.

Results of Surveys

In both surveys, parking surveys were carried out on a Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Any vehicle parked within the study area was noted...... In addition to the location of the parked vehicles, an assessment was made at the time by the surveyor, as to whether the positioning of the vehicles resulted in any obstruction/congestion.

In addition to identifying the location of any on-street parking, the surveyors also quantified the number of vehicles in each of the three car parks.......

As ..... usage of the Sumner Road car park has remained almost at capacity, despite the charges being introduced, and none of the parking has been displaced into surrounding roads.
A number of locations which were initially raised as concerns, still remain a concern and require various waiting restrictions in order to remove the congestion and improve safety.

Proposal

It is proposed, therefore, to introduce a number of waiting restrictions on:-
 Halsall Lane
 Gores Lane
 Lonsdale Road
 Rosemary Lane
 Freshfield Road
 Duke Street

Source  http://modgov.sefton.gov.uk/moderngov/documents/s78803/Appendix%20-%20Briefing%20report%20-Formby%20Village%20-%20proposed%20waiting%20restrictions.pdf

For all the details use the following link: http://modgov.sefton.gov.uk/moderngov/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=51110&Opt=0