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.
The 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:
Formby Parish Councillors were summoned to attend an extra ordinary meeting at Formby library this week.
The short agenda reveals some aspects of the issue before them.
Notice of Meeting
All members of the Council are hereby summoned to attend an Extra Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council, which will be held at Formby Library, Duke Street, Formby, on Wednesday 13 September 2017, at 7.00pm.
Clerk to Formby Parish Council
1.0 To receive Apologies
2.0 To Receive Declarations of Interest
3.0 Pursuant to section 1(2) of the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960 it is resolved that, because of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted, the public and the press leave the meeting during consideration of whether the FPC wishes to employ legal counsel and to gain an understanding of the financial consequences and the firms involved.
4.0 To resolve whether to employ legal counsel in preparation for a potential Judicial Review
5.0 Date of Next Meeting – Tuesday 3 October 2017 to be held in the Meeting Room, Formby Library at 7pm
Members of the press and public are welcome to attend
By way of comment, in all my years of service as a Parish Councillor for both Little Altcar and Formby Parish Councils, I cannot recall this ever happening before, so I conclude, the matter is serious and potentially expensive. I note that agenda item 3 if agreed, was likely to exclude the public and press. It will be interesting to see if residents ever get to know anything about the subject matter that sparked this extra ordinary meeting and the outcome if any.
Whatever the cause it raises questions about transparency and accountability in Formby's most immediate level of local government.
A bike hire scheme is offering Formby users free bike rentals to mark Cycle to Work Day
Bike & Go, which operates bike hire facilities from train stations around the region including Formby is inviting those already registered to the scheme to enjoy complimentary bike hire all day on Wednesday, September 13, in a bid to make it as easy as possible for everyone to ride to work for a day.
Cycle to Work Day has been gathering pace since its launch in 2013, with a total of 864,239 miles having been cycled so far in the name of the event. Cyclescheme, the team behind it, is now hoping that its fifth event will be bigger and better than ever, and Bike & Go are keen to support them in their quest to encourage more people to take to two wheels.
The benefits of cycling have been well documented, with a report published earlier this year revealing that cycling to work reduces the risk of death from any cause by 41%, the incidence of cancer by 45% and heart disease by 46%.
Taylor Wimpey is currently preparing an Outline Planning Application on land at Brackenway
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.
Members of the public and Trust staff are invited to the annual general meeting of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust on Wednesday 20th September
There will be presentations by the Director of Nursing and the Director of Finance.
Members of the public will also have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of Board members.
The meeting will be held in the lecture theatre of the Clinical Education Centre at Southport and Formby District General Hospital, starting at 3.30pm. Light refreshments will be available from 3 pm. The event is expected to conclude no later than 5.30pm.
The Trust annual report is available at www.southportandormskirk.nhs.uk under the “how we are performing section”. Alternatively, copies are available upon request from the Trust. Please call the Marketing and Communications Department on 01704 704714.
Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
Health commissioners are inviting Southport and Formby residents to come to their ‘Annual Review meets Big Chat’ event on Tuesday 12 September.
This will mean that residents can hear about the CCG’s performance and achievements over the past 12 months as well as being invited to give their views about the CCG’s latest work to shape services.
Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of the CCG, said:
“The format of this event has worked well the last couple of years and we would like as many people as possible to come along and talk about their local health services.
On the day there will be some short presentations with an opportunity for people to share their ideas on how we can further develop health services for local people.”
Copies of the CCG’s annual report and accounts for 2016 - 2017 will also be available for people to take away.
The event is being held from 2.30pm – 5.00pm at Lord Street West United Church, Southport, PR8 2BH. Tea and coffee will be served at 2.00pm.
Anyone who would like to come along is asked to confirm their attendance, along with any special requirements they may have, by calling 0151 247 7000 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Local CCGs have published the following details of Pharmacy opening times this coming bank holiday.
Over 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
|01704 502 250||11.00am - 4.00pm|
|Boots Pharmacy||17-19 Elbow Lane
|01704 877 647||12.00am - 1.00pm|
|Boots Pharmacy||31-39 Chapel Street
|01704 533 907||11.00am - 5.00pm|
|Boots Pharmacy||Unit 3
Central 12 Shopping Park
|01704 536 937||9.00am - 6.00pm|
|Lloyds Pharmacy||St Georges Place
|01704 531 046||9.00am - 6.00pm|
|Tesco Pharmacy||Town Lane
|01704 307 547||10.00am - 4.00pm|
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust today excluded from work the Executive Medical Director
The exclusion follows an independent review of culture at the Trust led by Prof Surinder Sharma, of Leicester University. The Trust commissioned the review following concerns raised by staff with Care Quality Commission inspectors.
The Executive Medical Director will remain excluded while an independently-led preliminary situational analysis takes place in line with the Trust policy.
Exclusion from work is not a disciplinary sanction but is a neutral action pending the completion of a preliminary situational analysis.
Richard Fraser, Chairman of the Trust, said:
The Trust expects the preliminary situational analysis to be completed promptly while, at the same time, ensuring the best interests of all parties are fairly served.
I want to assure staff, patients, their families and the public that no aspect of the concerns raised relates to issues of patient care or safety.
As this is an employment matter, there will be no further comment from the Trust while the preliminary situational analysis takes place.
The Trust will confirm tomorrow (Tuesday) the interim Executive Medical Director and Responsible Officer arrangements.
Issued by Kimberley Rushton, Senior Communications and Marketing Officer Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Sefton are encouraging anyone with an interest to go along to their September governing body meetings.
Doctors, nurses and other health professionals who make up the committees will discuss a range of issues including the performance of the services they commission, like hospitals and community care.
Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said:
We invite the public along to this formal meeting to listen to the CCG’s plans. Residents also get the chance to ask any questions they have before the meeting gets underway.
The meetings are a great chance for people to meet our health professionals and our governing body members. It’s also a good chance for us to meet some of our public and we welcome their views and questions as always
The NHS Southport and Formby CCG meeting will take place on Wednesday 6 September at the Family Life Centre, Ash St, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6JH, at an earlier start time than usual of 12pm. Papers will be available here beforehand.
Anyone who is interested in attending is asked to call 0151 247 7000 to confirm their attendance.