Weekend in Formby

Regularly updated, scroll down for all the stories: last week

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


Formby Parish Council Meeting December 2017

Formby Parish Council Meeting December 2017

Members of Formby Parish Council meet this evening in Formby Library. This will be the last monthly meeting this year.

There are three notices of motion worthy of note. They all involve sums of money totalling £49,500.

Notice of Meeting

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 5 December 2017, at 7.00pm. 

Claire Jenkins
Clerk to Formby Parish Council

Agenda

1.0 To receive Apologies

2.0 To Receive Declarations of Interest

3.0 Public Forum (the meeting will be adjourned for this item)

4.0 To consider and approve the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on 7 November 2017.

5.0 Matters of Report from Previous Meeting – for information only

6.0 Planning Applications – Sefton’s weekly list email, also available on Sefton Council’s website.

6.1 To note current position on Formby Development Sites in Sefton’s Local Plan.

7.0 To discuss and resolve the following:

7.1 To approve expenditure of up to £4,500 for replacement trees, to include 5 trees on Chapel Lane.

7.2 To approve a donation of up to a maximum of £20,000 towards reinstating the play park at Smithy Green, subject to confirmation that funding is available from other sources and that SMBC will continue to maintain and manage the park. This is conditional on the design being approved by the Parish Council.

7.3 To approve a donation of £25,000 for the Formby High School community sports project. This is part of a £50,000 contribution; the second £25,000 will be allocated in the 2018/19 budget.

8.0 To authorise Payments (enclosed)

9.0 Chairman’s Report  

10.0 To receive an update on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan

11.0 To receive the following reports – enclosed for information only

             Clerk’s report

             Environment Group minutes

             General Projects Group minutes

             Finance Group minutes

             Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

12.0 Date of Next Meeting – Tuesday 2 January 2018 to be held in the Meeting Room, Formby Library at 7pm

Members of the press and public are welcome to attend

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This week in and around Formby

Updated every day, scroll down for earlier stories.

Get your skates on

Posted Friday 1 December 9.30 am 

Enjoy an opportunity to skate, get fit and start to celebrate the run-up to Christmas

Make sure to visit the Formby Fair

 Posted Friday 1 December  9.30 am 

Posted Thursday 30 November 9.30 am

Winter is finally upon us.

Posted 29 November 9.30 am

Formby and Shale Gas

Formby lies within the boundaries of the Government approved Shale Gas exploration zone. Some licences have already been approved and some local hydro phonic surveys carried out.

This is despite the overwhelming lack of support from the public.

Public-Attitudes-to-energy-sources

This from the latest House of Commons Library article about public attitudes.

The Energy and Climate Change Public Attitudes Survey was designed by the government’s British Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) department, was circulated to 2,105 people via a random location quota sampling method and conducted through face-to-face at home interviews.

Statistics show that the public’s favoured alternative energy source is renewables. Renewable energy includes energy from a source that is not depleted when used and is naturally replenished.

https://secondreading.uk/science/public-attitudes-towards-alternative-energy/

 

 Posted Tuesday 28 November 10.00 am 

Make the partnership work.

image from www.formby.todaySefton Council and The National Trust have concluded the land transfer at Formby Point. Over the next 2/3 three years changes will occur. This is the opportunity for a partnership between residents and the Trust together, to plan, to map out and to effect those changes.

Here's part of what the National Trust are saying

The National Trust is starting to develop future plans for how we can care for this special coastline in the coming decades. These plans will affect you and the future generations who come to enjoy this special place.

We aspire to improve access, conservation and facilities along this dynamic and ever changing coastline, loved by many and home to rare wildlife.

We want to involve the many people who love this special place in shaping these plans.

If you’d like to comment on anything, please email talkingformby@nationaltrust.org.uk

(For more read yesterday's blog post http://bit.ly/2Achfsb )

 Posted Monday 27 November 8.00 am 

Lancashire Day Proclamation

When Sefton Borough was brought into being in 1974, Formby was 'moved' from Lancashire into Merseyside, which was a newly inaugurated Metropolitan County Council. Until then, Formby, in common with Liverpool was Lancastrian.

Even today there are many who have never accepted that change, where do your local loyalties lie?

Lancashire-Red-RoseOn this day in 1295 the first elected representatives from Lancashire were called to Westminster by King Edward I to attend what later became known as "The Model Parliament".

The Lancashire Day proclamation is read out by town criers throughout the county on 27th November:

To the people of the city and county palatine of Lancaster

Greetings!

Know ye that this day, November 27th in the year of our Lord Two Thousand and Fourteen, the 63rd year of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Duke of Lancaster, is

Lancashire Day

Know ye also, and rejoice, that by virtue of Her Majesty's County Palatine of Lancaster, the citizens of the Hundreds of Lonsdale, North and South of the Sands, Amounderness, Leyland, Blackburn, Salford and West Derby are forever entitled to style themselves Lancastrians.

Throughout the County Palatine, from the Furness Fells to the River Mersey, from the Irish Sea to the Pennines, this day shall ever mark the peoples' pleasure in that excellent distinction - true Lancastrians, proud of the Red Rose and loyal to our Sovereign Duke.

GOD BLESS LANCASHIRE
AND GOD SAVE THE QUEEN,
DUKE OF LANCASTER.

 Posted Monday 27 November 9.00 am 

Southport Hospital showing signs of strain as winter approaches?


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.

Maghull-Winter-League-2017-Frank-about-to-lead

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

 


Isn't it time for electoral reform?

I don't know about you but I think our electoral system is broken.

I have some experience I was a member of 2 political parties at some point in my life,  the Labour party and the Green Party. I was a Councillor for a number of years on Sefton Council and on Formby Parish Council and Little Altcar Parish Council. 

It's time to make long overdue changes and these short extracts from a Parliamentary debate explain why. Here's what the Electoral Reform Society has to say.

The Electoral Reform Society operates on a simple premise - that politics can be better than it is. We campaign for a better democracy.

The Electoral Reform Society is the UK’s leading voice for democratic reform. We work with everyone – from political parties, civil society groups and academics to our own members and supporters and the wider public – to campaign for a better democracy in the UK.

Our vision is a democracy fit for the 21st century, where every voice is heard, every vote is valued equally, and every citizen is empowered to take part.

Last week a group of MPs from across the political spectrum came together in parliament to debate the topic 'To make votes matter, adopt Proportional Representation for UK General Elections'.

Members of Labour, SNP, Green, Plaid Cymru and Liberal Democrat parties all stood up for fair votes. Here are three of the main speeches, but many more MPs made short interventions.

At the Westminster Hall debate on electoral reform. Jonathan Reynolds MP recalled his youth growing up in the North East of England - an area where the government simply didn't need to win votes to stay in power.

After gaining over a million votes in 2015 the Green Party only had one MP elected. Caroline Lucas MP explained the impact of First Past the Post on smaller parties in the UK at the Westminster Hall debate on electoral reform.

Closing up the Westminster Hall debate on making seats match votes, Tommy Sheppard MP pointed out that not one single support of first past the post had argued that seats should not match votes. Instead, they focus on a series of distractions and obfuscations.

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