Ensure you’re registered to vote in the Liverpool City Region Mayoral Elections

On Thursday, 4 May 2017, all residents over the age of 18 years residing in the Liverpool City Region will be entitled to vote for the first ever Liverpool City Region Mayor.

If you are already registered to vote, you will receive your poll card by 3 April 2017.

If you’re not already registered to vote, ensure you register and make your vote count to influence the issues that affect you and the area where you live.

via mysefton.co.uk

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News Direct From Sefton Council

Sefton Council launches a 'News website' specifically for the residents of Sefton.

The Council announced the news using a range of social media as well as their existing website.

The news site went live on the web on Friday 3 March. The official announcement explains:

Sefton Council has revamped how it delivers news to its residents with the launch of a brand new website. (My emphasis)

Sefton News Site LiveMySefton.co.uk is now the home of all things Council, community and Public Health, delivering important news in a much more user friendly way and acting as a hub for residents to find out their information.

The new website, which has been designed in house, draws inspiration from typical online news platforms and will allow Sefton Council to share more engaging content in a way not currently possible, including putting a spotlight on some of the vital work that residents might not be aware of.

Users of the new website will find news by category rather than the current list format, while there is also a live roadworks map and a home for all local consultations, including those led by partner organisations.

Sefton Council is encouraging users to share news and information with handy social media social buttons meaning residents can help spread the word via their Facebook and Twitter profiles........more

 


Formby Parish Council March Meeting

Members of the public are invited to the March meeting of Formby Parish Council.

Formby Parish Council meets once a month throughout the year, apart from August. Members of the public are always welcome and activity encouraged to ask questions or raise issues of concern. The meeting is at 7.00pm on Monday 6 March in Formby Library. The agenda is published below.

Notice of Meeting

FPC Logo LiveAll 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 7 March 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 Meeting held on 7 February 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.

7.0 To discuss and resolve the following:

7.1 To purchase a CCTV camera for Duke Street, at a cost of approximately £6000, as part of a long-term strategy for improving security and monitoring of anti-social behaviour (Ref: General Project Group minutes)

7.2 To purchase 2 replacement benches for Alt Road park at an approximate cost of £1000 and to set aside £1000 for the repair and maintenance of benches around Formby, as part of an ongoing programme. (Ref: Environment Group minutes)

7.3 To formally approve the renewal of the lease for the Parish Council office for £3000 per annum (Ref : January Finance Group minutes).

8.0 To authorise Payments (enclosed)

9.0 Chairman’s Report  

10.0 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

12.0 Date of Next Meeting – Tuesday 4 April 2017 to be held in the Meeting Room, Formby Library at 7pm

Members of the press and public are welcome to attend

The complete agenda and reports are available for download on the FPC website: http://www.formbyparishcouncil.org.uk/index.php/downloads


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Sefton Clarifies Formby Parish Council Vacancy and Boundary Changes

Sefton Council's Principal Lawyer confirms my view regarding a recent Formby Parish Council resolution.

In my first post dated 7 February I wrote to both Formby Parish Council and Sefton Parish Council seeking clarification about the legitimacy of the following resolution:

7.1 To formally acknowledge the resignation of Cllr Gwyther and to determine whether to reduce the number of Cllrs to 14 for the present time, whilst formalising the process to re-draw the boundary of Formby Parish Council to incorporate the area known as Little Altcar Parish Council
(Source: http://www.formbyfirst.org.uk/2017/02/formby-parish-council-meeting-7th-february-2017.html)

Ballot Box LiveYou'll see from my original post I challenged the idea that a casual vacancy declaration can be deferred. I also challenged the notion that the Parish Council has the legal powers to alter Parish Boundaries or redraw them.

This morning I finally received the following answer from Sefton Council.

Dear Mr Brady,

I write with reference to your recent emails with Jill Coule.

In relation to Annex A to Chapter 4 of the budget report I have just checked the system and the document can be found at page 169 of the reports pack for this week’s Council meeting. If you are still having difficulty accessing the document please let me know. [My emphasis this was another issue I was seeking an answer for, from Sefton]

In relation to the matters concerning Formby Parish Council (FPC) , [my emphasis] I must apologise for not replying directly to you on the issues. My colleague met with the Chair and the Clerk of FBC on 21st February to cover the issues raised and I had presumed that you were a Parish Councillor and the information would have been passed on to you. I now understand you are not a member of FPC. My apologies.

I understand you raised three issues:

1. What FPC should do when a vacancy arises

2. FPC’s proposal to reduce the number of Councillors, and

3. The issue of a boundary change

I can confirm that your understanding of the legislative position in relation to the three issues is correct. [my emphasis]

Kind regards and once again apologies for not replying sooner.

Principal Lawyer

I now presume that Formby Parish Council has declared or will shortly declare a vacancy and that residents, if they so wish, can express an interest in becoming a member of the Council.

An election will only become necessary if enough voters ask for one, otherwise, the vacancy can be filled by Co-option.

Whichever way this proceeds, I hope the new member is utterly independent of any party or interest group. I also hope the person concerned is much younger than any of the present Council members, no offence intended.

Formby needs a wider range of talents experience and Civic enthusiasm.

As a former Councillor on Sefton and Formby Parish Councils, I'd be very happy to advise.

 

 


Sefton Council Budget 2017

Here's summary of Sefton Council's Budget as it impacts on the village of Formby.

As illustrated in 6 tweets. All the details are set out in details on the Sefton Council website and include other increases and cuts in all the services.

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Formby Parish Council Vacancy

In a previous post, I asked a question of Formby Parish Council about a complex resolution including a reference to a vacancy.

I also sent a copy of the question to Sefton Council seeking their advice about the resolution the Parish Council intended to discuss at their meeting.

( See:  http://www.formbyfirst.org.uk/2017/02/formby-parish-council-meeting-7th-february-2017.html )

The resolution is reproduced below.

7.1 To formally acknowledge the resignation of Cllr Gwyther and to determine whether to reduce the number of Cllrs to 14 for the present time, whilst formalising the process to re-draw the boundary of Formby Parish Council to incorporate the area known as Little Altcar Parish Council

In the event, the resolution was withdrawn at the last moment but the vacancy formally acknowledged. Since then despite my emails, I have yet to receive any further information and only the briefest of reply from Sefton.

I am have now approached the Electoral Commission with this question as shown in my 'tweet'.

More to follow.

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