National Trust Formby is 50 years old

The National Trust is celebrating 50 years caring for the coast at Formby.

NTFormby 50 Birthday
The conservation charity has cared for 210 hectares of this special stretch of coast since 12 April 1967, when it was safeguarded through the Neptune Fund, set up specifically to purchase and protect coast around the UK.

The stretch of coast at Formby is an area of great importance for its mobile sand dunes – some of the best in the entire UK - and the wildlife that lives here, including rare Natterjack Toads, sand lizards and red squirrels in the pine woods. It is also much loved by locals and visitors with its stunning views that stretch out towards Wales, the Irish Sea and the Lake District.

Volunteers and staff marked the occasion by blowing out the candles on a 50th birthday cake created by local Formby-based cake designer Lisa Lill, who runs Cake Amour by Lisa and featuring fondant models of the iconic dunes, pine woods and wildlife.

Justin Matthews, Ranger for the National Trust at Formby, commented:

“50 years is a fantastic achievement and we are so proud to reach this milestone. We couldn’t do it without our dedicated staff and volunteers and the support of our local community who work so hard to help care for the coast, managing it and maintaining it for generations to come. We’re looking forward to the next 50 years and hope that everyone will join in the celebrations by coming along to one of our events happening throughout the year or just taking time out to enjoy this special place.”

2017 is particularly significant because it marks Sefton Council’s Year of the Coast. It was also recently announced that the Trust is in conversations with the Council about the possibility of caring for an additional 204 hectares of land, currently managed by Sefton.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said:

“We know how important the coast is and reaching 50 years in Formby is a significant milestone for the National Trust.

With 2017 being the Year of Sefton’s Coast and the positive discussions taking place between National Trust and Sefton Council over the potential transfer of land in Formby, there is so much to celebrate. Here’s to the next 50 years as well!”

Visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby/whats-on for a list of events at the National Trust Formby - exploring everything from wildlife to asparagus and what is living in the rock pools to the prehistoric footprints on the shore.

 (Image source: NTFormby website)

 

 


Formby Parish Council Election May 2017

Following a recent resignation from Formby Parish Council, residents in Harington Ward will have the opportunity to choose a replacement.

Liverpool City Region Election May 2017

A POLL WILL BE TAKEN on Thursday 4 May 2017 between the hours of 7:00 am and 10:00 pm.  

Harington Ward residents will be able to cast two votes, one for the Parish Council election and the other in the Liverpool City Region Mayoral Election.

The Parish Council candidate details are posted below for your information.

Name of Candidate

Home Address

Description (if any)

MAXWELL

Simon Peter

55 Hawksworth Drive, Formby, L37 7EY

Community Action not Party Politics

PEACE

Gemma Michelle

Flat 1 Kenyons Court,

7 Kenyons Lane, Formby, L37 8BE

Conservative Party Candidate

RICHARDS

Carol

Asparagus Cottage, St Luke`s Church Rd, Formby, L37 2DF

Labour Party

WALSH

Michael James

26 Kent Road, Formby, L37 6BQ

Green Party

NOTE: You do not need to take a polling card with you in order to vote. Just turn up and give the polling station officers your and address.

 


Formby Point Update

Comments in relation to the potential land transfer of land in Formby from Sefton Council and the National Trust have been received.

Earlier this month, Sefton Council published a formal notice considering the disposal of land to the northern and southern side of Lifeboat Road (Formby Point).

The closing date for comments was March 22 with most correspondence in support of the scheme. This included a petition with 69 names on it in full support of the potential land transfer.

Positive conversations have taken place and will continue regarding the transfer of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols from Sefton’s ownership to The National Trust.

If agreed, 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 entire UK.

The comments made will now form part of a report going to Cabinet in May which will look at the possibility of transferring the land to the National Trust.

Sarah Kemp, Executive Director at Sefton Council, said:

"So far the feedback over the potential transfer of land in Formby to the National Trust has been very supportive.

"We strongly believe this potential 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.

"Further discussions will take place with National Trust with the view of transferring the land to them to develop a richer visitor experience with local communities and secure the future of this extraordinary coastline. This will be reported back in May."

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:

"We are really encouraged by the feedback received to the potential land transfer and the petition in its support. 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.

“As we head towards the milestone 50th anniversary of our care for land at Victoria Road on 12 April, our aim is to continue to ensure that this special place can 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.

“We are excited about the future opportunity the land transfer would offer to invest in things that local people and users have told us they would like. These include better visitor facilities and access, working alongside local people to shape our plans.”

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

 


Dogs and Public Space Protection Order

Consultation on introducing a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) across the whole of the borough has started and lasts until April 11

As part of Sefton Council’s commitment to promote responsible dog ownership, we are consulting on introducing new dog control measures.

Consultation on introducing a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) across the whole of the borough started on February 6 and will last until April 11.

A Public Space Protection Order is an official measure that is an enforceable part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. PSPOs can be used to protect the public from behaviour that is having or is likely to have a harmful effect on the quality of life of those in an area.

via mysefton.co.uk

Sefton Logo Live

 

 

 

 


Lifeboat Road Drop-In Event

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.

Formby Point land acquisition by NT

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.

 


Have Your Say on the Sefton Coast Plan

The Sefton Coast Plan is a non-statutory document prepared by Sefton MBC with the support of the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership.

Sefton Coast Plan LiveThe aim of this Plan is to take stock of the pressures and opportunities that affect the people, landscape and economy of the coast and deliver a new vision for the Sefton Coast to 2030 and beyond. There are some very important topics that will have an impact on all of us who live on the coast.

Make your views known.

Summary of Topic Papers

  • Landscape and Nature
  • Access and Recreation
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Regulation and Control
  • Skills, Lifelong Learning and Employment
  • Water Resources
  • The Historic Environment
  • Energy
  • Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management
  • Coastal Change, Climate Change and Adaptation
  • Delivery through Partnership Working

All of the topic documents are available online and are introduced in the following way:

The Sefton Coast is a source of inspiration for an active, inquiring and fun-loving population. The coast makes a huge contribution to the unique character of the borough – exciting and full of surprises, always changing as the winds and tides constantly influence the shape of the coast. Because this is such a special place the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership has developed a draft Plan setting out how we can make the most of the Sefton Coast.

We would like your views on this; both on how you use and value the coast, what you would like to see improved and on the plan itself.

The Plan is supported by a set of topic papers that provide background information. We understand that not everyone will have time to go through these so we have also provided a summary. You can access all these documents from this page........

You can share your views with us by completing the questionnaire or by sending responses to sefton.coast@sefton.gov.uk. The consultation will end on the 13th of April.

 


Formby Parish Council Needs You

Have you got the ideas and the energy to enrich the life of Formby?

There's a vacancy on Formby Parish Council. Get involved in the life of your local community.

Ballot Paper 2 Live


'Coastal Squeeze' and how it affects Formby

Formby is the fastest eroding property in the Trust’s care.

The Trust is working with partners to adapt to the rapid and long term changes this stretch of coastline is experiencing to protect both landscape and wildlife.

For the full report go to https:www.nationaltrust.org.uk/shiftingshores

This video was published in November 2015 and features travel writer Simon Calder. It's been viewed just over 4500 times, that's about half the number of houses in Formby. Perhaps it needs a wider audience, sooner rather than later.

Shifting Sands Formby Live


Planning Inspector Rejects Plans for South of Formby Industrial Estate

There's likely to be a mixed response to the Planning Inspectors decision to exclude the proposal for south of Formby Industrial Estate.

Local Plan Inspectors Decision Live

The proposal was for the mixed-use development of employment floorspace and a significant expansion of the existing sports facilities. 

The development would be contained within the area marked on the map. This is provided purely for illustrative purposes and is not accurate.

In his judgment, the Inspector made the following comments.

FORMBY EMPLOYMENT ALLOCATION

1. In my Note dated 18 November 2016 (EX.126) I gave Formby and Little Altcar Parish Councils and Sefton Council the opportunity of making the choice of employment allocation at Formby at a local level via the Formby & Little Altcar Neighbourhood Development Plan. In their responses the Councils have stated that they wish the choice to be made by me in the Sefton Local Plan. I understand these decisions and the reasons behind them, and I thank the parties for giving the suggestion their serious consideration......

4.......Both proposed schemes should deliver an acceptable mix of employment development, which is the main objective of the allocation at Formby. Taking all relevant matters into account, whilst the benefits of the South scheme would be considerable, in my judgement they do not outweigh the significantly greater adverse impacts of the South scheme when compared to the lesser impacts of the North scheme. I consider that the North scheme would be the more sustainable development and would achieve greater consistency with the National Planning Policy Framework.(My italics)


5. Consequently the allocation of Land North of Formby Industrial Estate (MN2.48), which was included in the ‘Proposed Modifications Local Plan’ published for consultation in June 2016, will remain in the Plan as the sole strategic employment allocation at Formby in policy MN2, with the site-specific requirements set out in policy MN4.......

To read the full report see:

https://www.sefton.gov.uk/media/1178364/EX129_Inspectors-Note-re-Formby-employment-allocation-26Jan17.pdf

 


Wartime Plans Finally Realised?

Highways England are finally consulting the public on their plans for the Port of Liverpool access scheme.

I use the word 'finally' because one of the routes was first drawn up during World War 2. At least, that's what I heard, when I was a Sefton Councillor in the 1980s.

According to my informant, a Labour member of the then Merseyside County Council and former member of Bootle Borough Council, he first knew of these plans immediately after the war ended. So after all that time, the plans have come forward.

There are two options illustrated below. The Rimrose Valley option, the one I heard about, is shown first. Select each image, in turn, to see it in greater detail.

Rimrose Valley Option Live

New Docks Road Option A

It's going to prove interesting to see in what way, either of these two schemes, will affect residents in Formby travelling into Liverpool, or further South on a daily basis.

Here's how Highways England introduce the scheme options on their website.

In December 2014 Highways England was asked by the government, as part of the Road Investment Strategy, to look at ways to improve road access to the Port of Liverpool.

The Port of Liverpool makes a significant contribution to the regional economy and is an important source of employment for the local community.

The port is already the busiest in the North West and with the recently opened deep-water container berth, Liverpool2, it is set to become even busier.

This is great news for jobs and the regional economy but this growth depends on freight being able to access the port. The A5036 is the main road linking the port to the motorway network. This road is already congested and has a poor safety record; this situation is forecast to worsen as the area is developed.

This road-based solution is part of a much wider set of proposals across Merseyside and the North West. The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is working with a range of partners to deliver transport measures that will improve port access and increase capacity by rail, road and water. More information is available on their website.

You can find further information and details of the options in the consultation brochure.

For the full details see the links below:


Source: https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/he/a5036-port-of-liverpool-access-scheme/

Consultation Survey Link: https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/he/a5036-port-of-liverpool-access-scheme/consultation/intro/