National Trust On Care of Land at Formby Point

An additional 204 hectares of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols in Formby, home to rare wildlife, is now safeguarded thanks to its formal transfer into the care of the National Trust. 

Lifeboat Rd Deeds HandoverThe official transfer documents were signed today, seeing responsibility for its guardianship pass from Sefton Council to the National Trust. As an independent conservation charity, the Trust has already been caring for 210 hectares at Formby for the past 50 years.
 
The transfer means that the land is now protected forever for the enjoyment of the people who love this special place and the benefit of the wildlife that thrives here. Amongst the dunes and pine forests live Sand Lizards, Red Squirrels, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles and Natterjack Toads.
 
Jo Hudson, General Manager for the National Trust, commented:


The land at Formby Point is absolutely exceptional, representing one of the very best mobile sand dune habitats in the entire UK. Its significance is shown by much of the land being designated as a Site of Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area for birds.  We are extremely proud to be taking on the custodianship of this additional land and we cannot think of a more wonderful way to mark the milestone of our 50 years working at Formby.

We have an excellent team of Rangers, staff and volunteers who are dedicated to continuing our current hard work across this broader area. Our aim is to continue to ensure that current and future generations can enjoy everything that makes this place so exceptional.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said:


Residents and visitors to the borough made strong representation through the consultation process for the Sefton 2030 Vision for their desire to access and enjoy all the benefits the Sefton coast has to offer.

We believe through the land transfer it will enable the National Trust to develop a richer visitor experience with our local communities and secure the future of this extraordinary 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, the many visitors to our borough, the local economy and the environment.
 
Working with the National Trust has been very productive and we hope to continue this relationship over the coming years in enhancing further this stretch of our amazing coastline.
 

In addition to the day-to-day management of the portfolio at Formby Point, the National Trust is also starting to look to the future and the next 50 years at Formby. Work has already commenced in talking to people about what they would like to see regarding improvements to access and visitor facilities as well as how to help the rare wildlife to thrive. The Trust will continue to work in close cooperation with neighbours, stakeholders and people who love this particular place to shape up these plans.
 
To find out more about how to get involved with plans, including the opportunity to chat with National Trust staff and volunteers about the care of the Formby Coast at Formby Library on 16 and 23 September, please visit:
 
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby/projects/get-involved---the-future-of-formby-point

 


Bike & Go offers registered users free bike hire for Cycle to Work Day

A bike hire scheme is offering Formby users free bike rentals to mark Cycle to Work Day

B&G Man on BikeBike & Go, which operates bike hire facilities from train stations around the region including Formby is inviting those already registered to the scheme to enjoy complimentary bike hire all day on Wednesday, September 13, in a bid to make it as easy as possible for everyone to ride to work for a day.

Cycle to Work Day has been gathering pace since its launch in 2013, with a total of 864,239 miles having been cycled so far in the name of the event. Cyclescheme, the team behind it, is now hoping that its fifth event will be bigger and better than ever, and Bike & Go are keen to support them in their quest to encourage more people to take to two wheels.

The benefits of cycling have been well documented, with a report published earlier this year revealing that cycling to work reduces the risk of death from any cause by 41%, the incidence of cancer by 45% and heart disease by 46%.

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Developers of land at Brackenway to hold a public exhibition

Taylor Wimpey is currently preparing an Outline Planning Application on land at Brackenway

Brackenway-Development
Prior to the submission of the planning application, a master plan has been created which highlights some of the items that are being proposed within the scheme.

Key characteristics include:-

  • Up to 286 new dwellings incorporating a range of types and sizes of houses to meet local needs.
  • Provision of on-site affordable housing.
  • Areas of public open space.
  • An area of ecological enhancement to form part of the development.
  • Pedestrian connections onto the existing public right of way along Sixteen Acres Lane.
  • A flood mitigation scheme.
  • Proposed vehicular access from Formby Bypass via a signal controlled junction.

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Formby High School Community Talks

Liverpool University in partnership with Formby High School announces next community lecture.

During 2017 Liverpool University and Formby High School introduced an interesting and welcome initiative to start a series of community talks on a range of topics. Already this year, there have been talks on 'An introduction to Shakespeare's World',   'The Archaeology of the Sefton Coast' and 'A brief History of Gravity'.

The University has just announced the next talk, this appears to be of a very high relevance and interest to most of Formby's householders, I suspect tickets will be in high demand and I suggest you book sooner rather than later.

FHS Climate talk November 2017

 

The changing impacts of storms at our coast need to be carefully managed to safeguard communities, assets and infrastructure.

Within the UK shoreline management considers 3-time frames, present-day (0-20 years), medium-term (20-50 years) and long-term (50-100 years).

Understanding of changing flood and erosion hazards at the coast is required to make informed decisions to resource and plan new coastal protection schemes.

This talk will provide information about the processes that shape the coastlines in Liverpool Bay, with a focus on the extreme events that occurred during the winter 2013-2014.

The talk will be presented by Dr. Jennifer Brown


Residents Share Aspirations For Future of Formby Coast

Residents joined National Trust staff and volunteers at the Gild Hall in Formby on Monday 17 July to share their thoughts and aspirations for the future of the Formby Coast.

image from formbyfirst.typepad.comThe Open Day explored ideas for how this special place can best be cared for and benefit both the people who love it and the wildlife that makes its homes here. The event came as the National Trust continues positive conversations with Sefton Council about the potential transfer of 204 hectares of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols into its care.
 
 

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Share Your Views About Caring For The Formby Coast

The National Trust at Formby is inviting local people to share their thoughts about caring for the coast at an Open Day on Monday 17 July 2017 from 9.30am to 7pm.

Beach marker The Trust is encouraging people to share their views and stories about the Formby coast past, present and future. The event will explore ideas for how this special place can best be cared for and benefit the people who love it and the wildlife that makes its home here.

 

 

The day follows announcements earlier this year that the Trust is in discussions with Sefton Council about the transfer of an additional 204 hectares of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols into its care. The transfer has been approved by the Sefton Cabinet and positive discussions are ongoing, with further announcements expected later this Summer. 

 

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Green-Fingered Friends of Duke Street Park

A number of garden enthusiasts have been making their mark on the local area.

Eight volunteers have joined forces to create a new Friends of Duke Street Park group in Formby.

Working together with Sefton Council’s parks and greenspaces service, the group are helping to make improvements to the park and continue the work that was started by the garden volunteers at the park.


Have your say on Rights of Way Improvement Plan (2018-2028)


Consultation for the Liverpool City Region Rights of Way Improvement Plan is now underway. This is a joint ten year plan prepared by the six Liverpool City Region local authorities and Merseytravel, on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, to improve the local network of public rights of way. 

There are 671 kilometers of rights of way in the Liverpool City Region made up of Footpaths, Bridleways and Byways. Besides their recreational value, rights of way can be a handy way of getting to work, school and amenities and form part of the wider access and transport networks. 

Copies of the plan can be viewed at council one stop shops and public libraries or at www.merseytravel.gov.uk/publicrightsofwaystrategy all comments received before the consultation closes on 29 September 2017 will be considered before the final plan is prepared and published.


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.