Sefton has just issued this notice to Formby residents.
Formby residents only - grey bins due for collection today will now be picked up on Monday (March 12) along with green garden waste bins. Sorry for the inconvenience which was a result of yesterday's bad weather.
Sefton Council has announced their decision regarding the proposed village tree felling.
A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “As promised, a discussion has now taken place involving Sefton Council’s own internal tree experts and the author of the independent report into the condition of trees in Formby Village to consider the inspection findings in more detail.
“As there are still some differences in expert opinions, we have come to a mutual short term position.
“The experts agree that one tree needs to be felled and we will undertake essential health and safety work on two others involving the removal and pruning of dead branches. All trees will be inspected in Spring time to determine the next steps. We will however monitor the impact of any adverse weather in case the trees deteriorate more quickly. This work will start from Monday, March 5.
“It is due to continuous Government funding cuts that the Council only has budget for health and safety work on trees. This was an explicit Council decision as part of a package of measures to balance the budget while prioritising the services that protect the most vulnerable and provide essential services to our communities.
“Therefore, unfortunately we are not able to implement any of the wider recommendations in the report commissioned by the Parish Council. We simply do not have the budget to undertake this type of works and the practical implications of changes to footpaths and winter gritting would need to be carefully assessed.
“We do however recognise that we still need to finalise the longer term prospects for these trees and we will continue to work with Formby Parish Council and the Ward Councillors to consider the implications of the wider recommendations including funding options.”
Due to ongoing financial pressure brought on by Government austerity measures and continuing demands on Adult and Children’s Social Care, Council Tax for 2018/19 will rise by 5.99% for Sefton Council services.
The total Council Tax, including Police and Fire services charges, will increase by 5.98% for the coming financial year. Last year Sefton Council agreed on a three-year budget plan to save a further £64m.
At Full Council this evening (March 1), councillors agreed the second year of the budget plan and approved a Council Tax increase in 2018/19 of 2.99% along with a Social Care Council Tax Precept of 3% in 2018/19 making a total of 5.99% for Sefton Council services.
Due to central Government policy, from 2011-17, Sefton Council has faced a funding gap of £169m. From 2017-20 a further £64m of savings was identified to set a balanced budget.
This is a total funding gap of £233m. In total, the Council will have lost 51% of Government funding between 2010 and 2020.;
“Putting it simply, local councils like Sefton have less money to spend on important services because the Government has been giving us less money to support the delivery of local public services every year. This has got to stop.
“Last year we were faced with the challenge of having to find another £64m budget reduction by 2020 and when the Council agreed its three-year budget plan we set out how we would do this. I have to say that the plan is broadly on target to deliver the required outcomes brought about by the unfair cuts imposed on us by this and the previous Government.
“We are now entering the second year of our three-year plan and have refreshed our plan slightly to ensure that we can balance the books.
Sefton Council has just made the following announcement regarding the future of the Formby Village trees.
Sefton Council have called for a meeting with tree experts to discuss independent inspection findings regarding trees in Chapel Lane, Formby.
A spokesman for Sefton Council said:
As promised, we agreed with Formby Parish Council and local councillors to defer the tree removal works planned in Formby Village to give an opportunity for them to commission an independent inspection into the condition of the trees.
While we remain very concerned about the health and safety risks associated with these trees, we want to ensure the views of local communities are heard and that we take a balanced view without compromising the safety of pedestrians and road users.
We have now received the full report and while there is agreement on three out of the five trees, there are still issues in respect of the other two trees and we are seeking clarity on a couple of key points, particularly on the assessment of the health and safety risk, which remains a priority for us.
To ensure we reach a mutually agreeable sustainable solution, we would like the opportunity for our own internal tree experts and the author of the report to come together to discuss some aspects in more detail. We are currently waiting for this to be arranged.
Once this conversation has taken place, the Council will provide a detailed assessment of the report and determine its decision in relation to these two trees.
No work will commence on any tree until 5th March 2018 at the earliest to allow for discussions to take place.