I've just come across an article in The Guardian about 'hyper-local' blog sites that mentions 'Formbyfirst' along with other examples from around the country.
In the course of a long and interesting article they write:
Some Parish Councillors take their passion and engagement with local matters a step further; Councillor Sean Brady runs a hyper-local media site, Formby First, where he writes on news and events about the Merseyside coastal town. The benefit of his site is that it gives instant information about the area, such as road closures and festivals, that might take other forms of media longer to communicate.
I'm grateful to the writer for their kindness, if you want to see the full article and argument about the role of 'hyper-local' media sites have a look at the links in this 'tweet'.