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.

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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.

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'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/

 


Sefton Cycle Chat

Are you a keen cyclist? Would you like to use a bike more often? Have you any ideas on how to improve the life of cyclists?

Cycles liveCyclists of all ages and abilities are asked to attend the first Sefton 'Cycle Chat' of the year.

The group meets on a regular basis and looks at the biking opportunities available throughout the borough.

For 2017, the first meeting takes place at the new venue of MeCycle, Station Road, Ainsdale on Tuesday, January 31 from 6.30pm.

Anyone keen on cycling or looking to find out more about events and initiatives is invited to pop along and share their views.

Previously known as the Cycle Forum, we have revamped the meeting a bit are now looking to appeal to more cyclist of all ages and abilities.
(Jean Hunt, from Sefton Council's Travel Awareness Road Safety team)

(Source: Sefton News 17 January)

 Please Note: MeCycle is a smaller venue so numbers are limited and to book a place please call 0345 140 0845 or email: cycling@sefton.gov.uk

 


Get Involved in the 'Year of the Coast'

Join all the others in this exciting 'Year of the Coast 2017' project.

Visit the project website (a small extract is illustrated below) for all the latest details and news.

Year of the Coast Live 2


Sefton to Approve Mayflower Estate Planning Application?

Sefton Councillors are recommended to approve an application to build housing on the Formby Mayflower estate.

Councillors will meet on Wednesday to consider their decision. The meeting is at Southport Town Hall and will start at 6.30 pm. Members of the public are always welcome and able to attend planning committee meetings.

The report before the Councillors includes the following:

Report to: PLANNING COMMITTEE Date of Meeting: 18th January 2017
Subject: DC/2016/00230
Mayflower Industrial Estate Liverpool Road
Formby Liverpool
L37 6BU

Mayflower App LiveProposal:

Erection of a part single, part two, part three storey 75 bed care home building, erection of a part single, part three storey block of 22 apartments (for the over 55's), erection of a single storey garage block and associated works following the demolition of existing buildings and the demolition of Number 65 Liverpool Road (Beamans Bathrooms) to provide vehicular access to Liverpool Road.

Summary

This application seeks consent for the erection of a seventy five bed care facility and the erection of a block of twenty two apartments (for the over 55's) and ancillary development following the demolition of all existing buildings to the site as well as the demolition of Number 65 Liverpool Road. The main issues to consider in respect of this proposal are the principle of development, the impact on the character of the area, the impact on living conditions and the impact on highway safety and amenity.

It is concluded that the proposal satisfies national and local policy in nearly every respect and that it should be approved.

Recommendation: Approve with Conditions
Case Officer Mr. Neil Mackie
Email planning.department@sefton.gov.uk
Telephone 0345 140 0845 (option 4)

The full report is available for download here: Full Mayflower Estate Report