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
Sefton Council members will discuss the proposed Fracking operations around Formby at its next meeting on Thursday 25 January.
Following a vigorous campaign by Frack Free Formby in a variety of media, including social media, enough members of the public have forced the issue onto the Council agenda. In accordance with the Council's standing orders, the following petition will be subject to a debate.
PUBLIC PETITION -
In accordance with the Council’s Petition Scheme set out in Chapter 12 of the Council Constitution, a public petition has been submitted for consideration at the Council meeting.
The lead petitioner for the petition deputation will be given five minutes to present the petition at the Council meeting and the petition will then be discussed by Councillors for a maximum of 15 minutes. The Council will decide how to respond to the petition at the meeting and the lead petitioner will receive written confirmation of the decision.
The petition containing 3608 signatures has been submitted by Simon Maxwell of Formby on behalf of Frack Free Formby which states:
“We the undersigned urge Sefton MBC to put an immediate ban on any type of conventional or unconventional oil or gas exploration to protect our environment and promote renewable energy. We urge the Council to make Sefton a frack-free zone”.
In addition to this petition, the Council will consider a number of items and a further five resolutions tabled by individual members of Council. The headline topics for each of the other motions are listed below.
An Integrated Care and Health Service
Antisemitic Hate Crime
A Curriculum to Prepare Young People in Sefton for Life