A lateral buoy, lateral post or lateral mark, as defined by the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities, is a sea mark used in maritime pilotage to indicate the edge of a channel.
Each mark indicates the edge of the safe water channel in terms of port (left-hand) or starboard (right-hand). These directions are relative to the direction of buoyage; this is usually a nominally upstream direction. In a river, the direction of buoyage is towards the river's source; in a harbour, the direction of buoyage is into the harbour from the sea. Where there may be doubt, it will be labelled on the appropriate chart. Often the cardinal mark system is used instead, when confusion about the direction would be common.
A vessel heading in the direction of buoyage (e.g. into a harbour) and wishing to keep in the main channel should:
keep port marks to its port (left) side, and keep starboard marks to its starboard (right) side
I find this explanation a little confusing when you look at the map below, it seems to contradict it
Where's it come from?
When you look for a map of the Liverpool Bay showing pilotage markers the clearest is this handrawn map.
C2 is missing from the map.
Intriguingly the C2 buoy is not included on it. Or at least I've not spotted it. Many more buoys are and there's a series of C Buoys clearly marked.
Of course this map maybe out of date. I could find no information about when it was drawn. So, was the C2 buoy already missing? Not yet in place? Or poorly secured when it was. Perhaps it had sunk or was only partially buoyant. I wonder whether we are likely to find out. Perhaps @scottysailor is the most likely to let us know.
Whatever is the case we know where it finished up.
Fragoff have announced their intentions in the forthcoming elections in May.
This group of local residents which started in Formby together with similar groups across the Central Sefton area have just announced their intention to act jointly if Sefton Council proceeds with an unchanged Local Plan.
The 'Twittersphere' has been busy this week with news of the imminent closure of Haro Restaurant and the opening of M&J's on the by-pass. It raises the question of how many of these places can Formby sustain.
Haro occupies a large commercial space to sustain and fixed costs must be a burden. It does suggest that the smaller locally owned food and drink outlets stand a better chance of staying in business.
One such unit is the Left Bank Brasserie, I've always enjoyed both group and small family occasions there, the food is invariably good value and the atmosphere warm and welcoming. Check it out.
A newly updated flood-aware and flood warning web service has just been relaunched.
The image below is a screen grab from the interactive map. As you move the marker about and zoom in and out the data is refreshed.
I've chosen a specific point on the map, which has flooded twice in the Hawksworth Drive area, it's in the top right hand of the image..
The land surrounding Wham Dyke acts as a huge sponge after prolonged rainfall and when the River Alt is at it's full capacity the rainwater backs up the drainage ditch running alongside Sixteen Acre Bridle Path. The land floods and the water in the drainage ditch overlaps the edge of the bank and spills out into the local area. On occasions there have been sandbags in place for months.
The degree of risk is colour-coded. So in this case the code shows the distance from the marker position and the degree of risk:
I thought you might like to try it out yourself, despite the calm outside there are a range of weather warning alerts in force today.
These are the latest 10 most recent planning applications listed for the Formby Parish Council area. They were accessed from Sefton Council web site at 9.30am on Monday 12 January
Non-material amendment pursuant to planning application S/2013/0159 approved 04/04/2013 -to insert a rooflight with obscured glazing to the landing area of each dwelling house.
2 Elbow Lane Formby Liverpool L37 4AF
Ref. No: DC/2014/02170 | Received: Mon 15 Dec 2014 | Validated: Wed 17 Dec 2014 | Status: Pending Decision
Tree Preservation Order Consent for the pruning of three trees (two Sycamore and one Beech) and removal of one Sycamore ( under TPO order 95)
11 Harebell Close Formby Liverpool L37 4JP
Ref. No: DC/2014/02165 | Received: Tue 09 Dec 2014 | Validated: Tue 09 Dec 2014 | Status: Pending Consideration
Erection of a single storey extension at the side and a single storey extension with a canopy at the front of the dwellinghouse
36 Lonsdale Road Formby Liverpool L37 3HG
Ref. No: DC/2015/00001 | Received: Tue 09 Dec 2014 | Validated: Fri 12 Dec 2014 | Status: Pending Consideration
Tree Preservation Order Consent for the removal of three trees, (two Pine and one Elder) at 75 Kirklake Road, Formby. (TPO 30)
75 Kirklake Road Formby Liverpool L37 2DA
Ref. No: DC/2014/02132 | Received: Fri 05 Dec 2014 | Validated: Fri 05 Dec 2014 | Status: Pending Consideration
Retention of a canopy over the drive-thru order points and erection of a bin store to rear of the restaurant
91 Altcar Road Formby Liverpool L37 8DL
Ref. No: DC/2014/02085 | Received: Mon 01 Dec 2014 | Validated: Mon 01 Dec 2014 | Status: Pending Decision
Tree Preservation Order consent to remove one poplar tree to the front of the property. (Lies within TPO number 14)
98 Victoria Road Formby Liverpool L37 1LP
Ref. No: DC/2014/02089 | Received: Mon 01 Dec 2014 | Validated: Mon 01 Dec 2014 | Status: Pending
ConsiderationErection of a single storey extension at the side involving the conversion of existing garage to habitable room with a pitched roof to the existing two storey extension at the side of the dwellinghouse
88 Phillips Lane Formby Liverpool L37 4BQ
Ref. No: DC/2014/02123 | Received: Mon 01 Dec 2014 | Validated: Mon 01 Dec 2014 | Status: Pending Decision
Erection of a single storey extension to the front of the dwellinghouse40 Monks Drive Formby Liverpool L37 6DW
Ref. No: DC/2014/02034 | Received: Fri 21 Nov 2014 | Validated: Mon 15 Dec 2014 | Status: Pending Consideration
A non material amendment to planning application DC/2014/00365 granted 02.04.14 for two additional windows one with a juliet balcony on the rear dormer extension
27 Deansgate Lane Formby Liverpool L37 3LE
Ref. No: DC/2014/02042 | Received: Fri 21 Nov 2014 | Validated: Mon 01 Dec 2014 | Status: Pending Decision
Erection of a single storey extension to the front of the dwellinghouse
10 Redgate Formby Liverpool L37 4EW
Ref. No: DC/2014/01998 | Received: Thu 13 Nov 2014 | Validated: Wed 10 Dec 2014 | Status: Pending Consideration
Little Altcar Parish Council Area
Prior Approval Submission for a proposed rear extension projecting 6 metres from the rear wall of the original dwellinghouse, with a height of 2.9 metres at the eaves and 3 .7 metres at the pitch. (Valid on 10 December 2014)
Sefton Council Planning Committee meets this evening to discuss and approve the publication of the controversial Local Plan. If agreed the Plan will soon be open to consultation with the public.
MEETING: PLANNING COMMITTEE
DATE: 12 January 2015
VENUE: Town Hall, Bootle
A G E N D A
1. Apologies for Absence
2. Declarations of Interest
Members are requested to give notice of any disclosable pecuniary interest, which is not already included in their Register of Members' Interests and the nature of that interest, relating to any item on the agenda in accordance with the Members Code of Conduct, before leaving the meeting room during the discussion on that particular item.
Two 'Yellow Weather Warnings' were issued for North West England that also included Merseyside.
Yellow Warning of Rain Issued at: 120 on Fri 9 Jan 2015
Valid from: 1500 on Fri 9 Jan 2015 Valid to: 0900 on Sat 10 Jan 2015
Heavy and persistent rain is expected to affect some western areas from Friday afternoon into Saturday morning, heaviest over western facing hills. The public should be aware of the risk of minor disruption from localised flooding.
Yellow Warning of Wind Issued at: 1111 on Fri 9 Jan 2015
Valid from: 2100 on Fri 9 Jan 2015 Valid to: 0800 on Sat 10 Jan 2015
Southwesterly winds will increase to bring gusts of 50-60 mph, with the risk of local 70 mph. The public should be aware of the risk of disruption to transport.
2015 is the year of elections. This year residents in Formby have the opportunity to exercise their precious right, to cast their democratic vote.
In this the 800th anniversary year of the first Magna Carta in 1215, I urge you to register for the vote now. Don't wait. It couldn't be simpler and can be done in 5 minutes online (See below).
How many votes will you be able to cast this year? The answer is 3.
In addition to the General Election, there is the usual Sefton Council election but more parochially the 2 local Parish Councils, the most immediate level of local government, are also involved in an 'all out' election. This happens every 4 years.
This is an opportunity in the Formby Parish Council wards and Little Altcar Parish Council area for locals to have a say and do things for and on behalf of the community.
The present overall representation in Formby is as follows:
Sefton District Council
Labour Party 3
Conservative Party 1 Independent Conservative 1 Frag Party 1
Formby Parish Council
Frag Party 1
Little Altcar Parish Council
In the elections to come I suspect there will be a wide variety of choice, all the more reason why it's time to start thinking about your choices.
Which Political choices are likely to feature?
I think there's a series of questions we should be asking of all our prospective councillors and the parties they represent or don't in the forthcoming next weeks. It's not the time to wait for them to come to us in the immediate run up to the election. That's too late we should start the conversation now.
My first questions to the candidates and not the party are -
What are you going to try to change or improve in Formby? What are your individual skills and knowlege that you're offering in the service of the residents of Formby?
LATEST UPDATE (3.30pm on 8 January 2015): M&J's has opened and is operating as normal. the start-up issues appeared to be over. The staff are very welcoming and friendly, keen to help and the service is quick.
M&Js is open. The barriers have been removed the staff are in place and they're taking their first orders.
Sefton Council recently published this latest information on the progress of the emerging Local Plan.
The Local Plan will be reported to Planning Committee on 12 January and Cabinet on 15 January 2015. Full Council will be asked to approve the Local Plan for publication on 22 January. These meetings are open to the public.
If approved, the published Local Plan will be made available for public comment for an eight week period. This is expected to begin before the end of January. The dates will be confirmed nearer the time.
The draft Local Plan is available to view online at www.sefton.gov.uk/localplan. This is the version that was reported for information to our Overview and Scrutiny committee on 9 December 2014. Whilst this is not the final Local Plan for publication, we do not anticipate any significant changes at this stage.
No comments can be accepted on the Local Plan until it is published. Comments should only be submitted during the eight week period otherwise they will not be counted.