National Trust On Care of Land at Formby Point

An additional 204 hectares of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols in Formby, home to rare wildlife, is now safeguarded thanks to its formal transfer into the care of the National Trust. 

Lifeboat Rd Deeds HandoverThe official transfer documents were signed today, seeing responsibility for its guardianship pass from Sefton Council to the National Trust. As an independent conservation charity, the Trust has already been caring for 210 hectares at Formby for the past 50 years.
 
The transfer means that the land is now protected forever for the enjoyment of the people who love this special place and the benefit of the wildlife that thrives here. Amongst the dunes and pine forests live Sand Lizards, Red Squirrels, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles and Natterjack Toads.
 
Jo Hudson, General Manager for the National Trust, commented:


The land at Formby Point is absolutely exceptional, representing one of the very best mobile sand dune habitats in the entire UK. Its significance is shown by much of the land being designated as a Site of Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area for birds.  We are extremely proud to be taking on the custodianship of this additional land and we cannot think of a more wonderful way to mark the milestone of our 50 years working at Formby.

We have an excellent team of Rangers, staff and volunteers who are dedicated to continuing our current hard work across this broader area. Our aim is to continue to ensure that current and future generations can enjoy everything that makes this place so exceptional.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said:


Residents and visitors to the borough made strong representation through the consultation process for the Sefton 2030 Vision for their desire to access and enjoy all the benefits the Sefton coast has to offer.

We believe through the land transfer it will enable the National Trust to develop a richer visitor experience with our local communities and secure the future of this extraordinary coastline. 

We see this as an amazing opportunity where National Trust can improve and invest on this piece of land for the benefit of our communities, the many visitors to our borough, the local economy and the environment.
 
Working with the National Trust has been very productive and we hope to continue this relationship over the coming years in enhancing further this stretch of our amazing coastline.
 

In addition to the day-to-day management of the portfolio at Formby Point, the National Trust is also starting to look to the future and the next 50 years at Formby. Work has already commenced in talking to people about what they would like to see regarding improvements to access and visitor facilities as well as how to help the rare wildlife to thrive. The Trust will continue to work in close cooperation with neighbours, stakeholders and people who love this particular place to shape up these plans.
 
To find out more about how to get involved with plans, including the opportunity to chat with National Trust staff and volunteers about the care of the Formby Coast at Formby Library on 16 and 23 September, please visit:
 
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby/projects/get-involved---the-future-of-formby-point

 


Developers of land at Brackenway to hold a public exhibition

Taylor Wimpey is currently preparing an Outline Planning Application on land at Brackenway

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Prior to the submission of the planning application, a master plan has been created which highlights some of the items that are being proposed within the scheme.

Key characteristics include:-

  • Up to 286 new dwellings incorporating a range of types and sizes of houses to meet local needs.
  • Provision of on-site affordable housing.
  • Areas of public open space.
  • An area of ecological enhancement to form part of the development.
  • Pedestrian connections onto the existing public right of way along Sixteen Acres Lane.
  • A flood mitigation scheme.
  • Proposed vehicular access from Formby Bypass via a signal controlled junction.

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Bank Holiday Pharmacy Opening Times

Local CCGs have published the following details of Pharmacy opening times this coming bank holiday. 

PharmasignOver the bank holiday weekend, we are reminding you to visit your local pharmacy for advice on minor illnesses. Whilst others may be open, the below pharmacies have confirmed they will be open at the following times.   

Monday 28 August 2017

Pharmacy Address Telephone no Opening times
Asda Pharmacy Central 12 Shopping Park
Derby Road
Southport
PR9 0TY
01704 502 250 11.00am - 4.00pm
Boots Pharmacy 17-19 Elbow Lane
Formby
L37 4AB
01704 877 647 12.00am - 1.00pm
Boots Pharmacy 31-39 Chapel Street
Southport
PR8 1AG 
01704 533 907 11.00am - 5.00pm
Boots Pharmacy Unit 3 
Central 12 Shopping Park
Derby Road
Southport 
PR9 0TQ
01704 536 937 9.00am - 6.00pm
Lloyds Pharmacy St Georges Place
Lord Street
Southport
PR9 0AF
01704 531 046 9.00am - 6.00pm
Tesco Pharmacy Town Lane
Kew 
Southport 
PR8 5JH
01704 307 547 10.00am - 4.00pm


Formby High School Community Talks

Liverpool University in partnership with Formby High School announces next community lecture.

During 2017 Liverpool University and Formby High School introduced an interesting and welcome initiative to start a series of community talks on a range of topics. Already this year, there have been talks on 'An introduction to Shakespeare's World',   'The Archaeology of the Sefton Coast' and 'A brief History of Gravity'.

The University has just announced the next talk, this appears to be of a very high relevance and interest to most of Formby's householders, I suspect tickets will be in high demand and I suggest you book sooner rather than later.

FHS Climate talk November 2017

 

The changing impacts of storms at our coast need to be carefully managed to safeguard communities, assets and infrastructure.

Within the UK shoreline management considers 3-time frames, present-day (0-20 years), medium-term (20-50 years) and long-term (50-100 years).

Understanding of changing flood and erosion hazards at the coast is required to make informed decisions to resource and plan new coastal protection schemes.

This talk will provide information about the processes that shape the coastlines in Liverpool Bay, with a focus on the extreme events that occurred during the winter 2013-2014.

The talk will be presented by Dr. Jennifer Brown


Orthopaedics and ENT services consultation – involving Sefton residents

A public consultation is currently taking place until 15 September 2017 on proposals for a single Orthopaedics service for Liverpool’s hospitals.

Under the proposed changes, most planned procedures such as hip and knee replacements would take place at Broadgreen, while most unplanned procedures would take place at Aintree, which is already the Major Trauma Centre for Cheshire and Merseyside.

These changes would mean that some operations would take place in a different place to where they do currently.

Local orthopaedic doctors believe that this would improve patient care, giving all patients better access to the right doctors for their specific need, and helping meet higher clinical standards.

The consultation is being led by NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), working with neighbouring CCGs, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

How Sefton residents can find out more and get involved:

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Have your say about review of Sefton health policies

People in Sefton are being asked for their views about a range of local health policies that are being updated to reflect the latest medical evidence.

Health policies review

The two NHS bodies responsible for the shaping and buying of health services in Sefton is reviewing more than 100 policies to ensure that resources are used on the treatments which work best for local people.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are working together with their counterparts in Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens and Warrington CCGs on a project called ‘Reviewing local health policies’ to agree a number of clinical procedures based on certain criteria.

 

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Hospital supports Armed Forces Week

Hospital hosts tea party in support of Armed Forces’ Week

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Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust are hosting a tea party on Friday 23 June in support of Armed Forces’ Week and SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity.

The tea party will run from 12noon to 4pm at the entrance of Southport hospital. During the afternoon there will be tea and coffee kindly donated by Bookers, as well as a cake sale with all donations for SSAFA. A vintage World War Two military ambulance will be in attendance along with members of 208 Field Hospital, Liverpool and 207 Field Hospital, Manchester. There will also be displays about the role of medics in the military.

The Trust is the 2016 public sector winner of the North West Armed Services Business Award and has a track record of working collaboratively with personnel. This includes providing flexible working for Reservists to undertake their military commitments as on Exercise and Operational Deployments, with paid support and access to a Forces Champion.

A number of staff at the Trust are members of the reserve forces or veterans, including Head of Nursing Kath Higgins who is also a Lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve. Kath said:

“We’re thrilled to be supporting Armed Forces’ Week and SSAFA.

“This is a great opportunity for our staff, patients and members of the public to find out more about the Armed Services and the role medical staff play.” 

Issued by Kimberley Rushton, Senior Communications and Marketing Officer Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone       01704 705061
Email               kimberley.rushton@nhs.net 
Web                 www.southportandormskirk.nhs.uk
Twitter @SONHSTrust

 


National Neighbourhood Watch Week

Merseyside Police is supporting this year’s National Neighbourhood Watch Week, which runs from this Saturday 17 – Sunday 25 June.

Neighbourhood watchNeighbourhood Watch is a useful way in which communities can work together with the police to prevent, detect and reduce crime and antisocial behaviour. The message for this year’s awareness week is Connecting and Protecting Communities, with particular focus on raising awareness of scams.

Scams often target people in vulnerable situations and can come in many forms; emails, letters, telephone calls or in-person visits where rogue traders make false claims to con the victim out of money.

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Civil Enforcement Officers (CEO’s) in Sefton have new Powers

Sefton Council has announced new actions to combat dog fouling and littering.

Civil Enforcement Officer in Sefton are exercising newly acquired powers

The duties and powers of civil enforcement officers and of traffic wardens are now combined with respect to the issuing of fixed penalty notices for additional offences; and for connected purposes.


Dog Dirt 2Civil Enforcement Officers (CEO’s) in Sefton have new powers to tackle dog fouling and littering. 

Many officers can now issue fixed-penalty-notices of up to £75 for anyone caught dropping litter or not picking up their dog’s waste.

This is on top of their ability to issue parking notices. 

The new powers recently came into force and falls within Sefton Council’s 2030 Vision of creating a clean, green and beautiful borough......more

 


Interested in Hearing about Health in your Community?

NHS Southport & Formby CCG invites you to take part in ‘Big Chat 8’!

Come for a 'chat'

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Chat events are a chance for us to talk together with you about our latest projects and plans, and hear what you think. The views we gain from Big Chats inform our thinking about changes or developments to services.

  • Hear about some of the plans for local healthcare
  • Have your say on the development of these services
  • Get involved and share your experiences

The event will be held on:

Tuesday 20th June, 5.30 – 7.30pm

Holy Trinity Church, Rosemary Lane, Formby, L37 3HA

Light refreshments will be served from 5 pm.

Please register to attend your local event by calling:

0151 247 7000
or emailing:
southportandformby.ccg@nhs.net