Developers of land at Brackenway to hold a public exhibition

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

Brackenway-Development
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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Formby Parish Council Election May 2017

Following a recent resignation from Formby Parish Council, residents in Harington Ward will have the opportunity to choose a replacement.

Liverpool City Region Election May 2017

A POLL WILL BE TAKEN on Thursday 4 May 2017 between the hours of 7:00 am and 10:00 pm.  

Harington Ward residents will be able to cast two votes, one for the Parish Council election and the other in the Liverpool City Region Mayoral Election.

The Parish Council candidate details are posted below for your information.

Name of Candidate

Home Address

Description (if any)

MAXWELL

Simon Peter

55 Hawksworth Drive, Formby, L37 7EY

Community Action not Party Politics

PEACE

Gemma Michelle

Flat 1 Kenyons Court,

7 Kenyons Lane, Formby, L37 8BE

Conservative Party Candidate

RICHARDS

Carol

Asparagus Cottage, St Luke`s Church Rd, Formby, L37 2DF

Labour Party

WALSH

Michael James

26 Kent Road, Formby, L37 6BQ

Green Party

NOTE: You do not need to take a polling card with you in order to vote. Just turn up and give the polling station officers your and address.

 


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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Formby Parish Council Meeting 7th February 2017 Live

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This is a liveblog reporting the meeting of Formby Parish Council in Formby Library. The blog will start around 7.00pm.


Planning Inspector Rejects Plans for South of Formby Industrial Estate

There's likely to be a mixed response to the Planning Inspectors decision to exclude the proposal for south of Formby Industrial Estate.

Local Plan Inspectors Decision Live

The proposal was for the mixed-use development of employment floorspace and a significant expansion of the existing sports facilities. 

The development would be contained within the area marked on the map. This is provided purely for illustrative purposes and is not accurate.

In his judgment, the Inspector made the following comments.

FORMBY EMPLOYMENT ALLOCATION

1. In my Note dated 18 November 2016 (EX.126) I gave Formby and Little Altcar Parish Councils and Sefton Council the opportunity of making the choice of employment allocation at Formby at a local level via the Formby & Little Altcar Neighbourhood Development Plan. In their responses the Councils have stated that they wish the choice to be made by me in the Sefton Local Plan. I understand these decisions and the reasons behind them, and I thank the parties for giving the suggestion their serious consideration......

4.......Both proposed schemes should deliver an acceptable mix of employment development, which is the main objective of the allocation at Formby. Taking all relevant matters into account, whilst the benefits of the South scheme would be considerable, in my judgement they do not outweigh the significantly greater adverse impacts of the South scheme when compared to the lesser impacts of the North scheme. I consider that the North scheme would be the more sustainable development and would achieve greater consistency with the National Planning Policy Framework.(My italics)


5. Consequently the allocation of Land North of Formby Industrial Estate (MN2.48), which was included in the ‘Proposed Modifications Local Plan’ published for consultation in June 2016, will remain in the Plan as the sole strategic employment allocation at Formby in policy MN2, with the site-specific requirements set out in policy MN4.......

To read the full report see:

https://www.sefton.gov.uk/media/1178364/EX129_Inspectors-Note-re-Formby-employment-allocation-26Jan17.pdf

 


Sefton to Approve Mayflower Estate Planning Application?

Sefton Councillors are recommended to approve an application to build housing on the Formby Mayflower estate.

Councillors will meet on Wednesday to consider their decision. The meeting is at Southport Town Hall and will start at 6.30 pm. Members of the public are always welcome and able to attend planning committee meetings.

The report before the Councillors includes the following:

Report to: PLANNING COMMITTEE Date of Meeting: 18th January 2017
Subject: DC/2016/00230
Mayflower Industrial Estate Liverpool Road
Formby Liverpool
L37 6BU

Mayflower App LiveProposal:

Erection of a part single, part two, part three storey 75 bed care home building, erection of a part single, part three storey block of 22 apartments (for the over 55's), erection of a single storey garage block and associated works following the demolition of existing buildings and the demolition of Number 65 Liverpool Road (Beamans Bathrooms) to provide vehicular access to Liverpool Road.

Summary

This application seeks consent for the erection of a seventy five bed care facility and the erection of a block of twenty two apartments (for the over 55's) and ancillary development following the demolition of all existing buildings to the site as well as the demolition of Number 65 Liverpool Road. The main issues to consider in respect of this proposal are the principle of development, the impact on the character of the area, the impact on living conditions and the impact on highway safety and amenity.

It is concluded that the proposal satisfies national and local policy in nearly every respect and that it should be approved.

Recommendation: Approve with Conditions
Case Officer Mr. Neil Mackie
Email planning.department@sefton.gov.uk
Telephone 0345 140 0845 (option 4)

The full report is available for download here: Full Mayflower Estate Report

 


First Parish Council Meeting In 2017

Formby Parish Council members will attend their first meeting of the full Council in 2017 tonight at Formby Library, the meeting commences at 7.00pm.

image from www.formby.todayThe agenda is set out below. Several items catch the eye but 3 in particular. The January meeting is traditionally the month when the Parish Council agrees it's budget for the forthcoming new Municipal year. Tonight's meeting is no exception and members will be considering an increase in the precept equivalent to 1p per week for a Band D property.

The only other item worth noting is the proposal to consider support for the idea of a 'Market' event in the village.

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 6th December 2016
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 discuss and approve the budget for 2017/18
7.2 To discuss and approve the precept for 2017/18
7.3 To discuss the possibility of holding a market in Formby Village Centre

8.0 To authorise Payments (enclosed)
9.0 Chairman’s Report

10.0 Update on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan and Public Consultation
10.1 To determine the FPC’s view on how to respond to the Planning Inspector’s report of 21 November 2016 (previously circulated).

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 7 February 2017 to be held in the Meeting Room, Formby Library at 7pm

Members of the press and public are welcome to attend


Formby Parish Council Meeting

As usual members of the public are welcome to attend these Council Meetings.

The meeting started at 7.00pm and was being held in the Formby Library meeting room.

A variety of items were on the agenda and the relevant agenda items are posted below. I have highlighted some significant items of interest.

3.0 Public Forum (the meeting will be adjourned for this item)

(Explanation) At this point in the mmeting the public can ask questions or raise matters of concern

6.0 Update on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan and Public Consultation
6.1 To determine the FPC’s view on how to respond to the Planning Inspector’s report of 21 November 2016 (previously circulated).

(Explanation) The Inspector of the Sefton Council Local Plan has recognised the importance of the Neighboourhood and has asked/challenged the Parish Councils to respond to questions he has asked. The Parish Council's answers are likely to be of great significance - watch this space.


8.0 To discuss and resolve the following:
8.1 To discuss whether to proceed with a governance review to reform the Formby and Little Altcar parish council boundary to incorporate both parish councils

(Explanation) The discussion on the merger of the two local Parish Councils arises from a previous meeting of the General Projects Group. 
This is the relvant minute from that Meeting of the General Projects Group Meeting

4.3 Council change of name
Members discussed the possible merger of Formby with Little Altcar Parish Council and the suggestion to change the name to Formby and Little Altcar Town Council. It was noted that Neil Middlehurst has been asked for advice on the process.


Sub Committees Reports

MEETING OF THE ENVIRONMENT GROUP
14 November 2016

General Collage Village Live4.3 Cllr Gwyther reported following a meeting with Stephen Whiteside to look at the trees. It was noted that 4 of the old horse chestnut trees, on Chapel Lane, will be taken down in the next couple of years. It was agreed that there will need to be a plan regarding replacement and an article should be published in the next newsletter. There will be a meeting with Sefton to discuss this in the new year.

FORMBY PARISH COUNCIL
GENERAL PROJECTS GROUP
Monday 7 November 2016

9.0 Review of public toilet facilities in the village
Members noted that the ladies side is owned by Excell car park and the men’s side by Sefton Council. When this was looked at several years ago there was no agreement between the two owners to do anything with the building, which has now deteriorated considerably.
The Clerk reported that other councils have adopted a community toilet scheme in cooperation with local businesses. The scheme works on the basis that pubs, shops and cafes provide clean, safe and accessible toilet facilities during their opening hours without customers having to make a purchase. Participating businesses display a logo in their window and the Parish or Town Council make an annual contribution towards the additional costs. Members noted that this would be a low cost way of providing a service without a large public investment. It was agreed to put this forward to the next Traders Meeting.

12.2 Cllr Price reported that he had met with Denise Ryder from Southport Markets and they would like to propose a trial of a weekly Friday market. Members discussed the issues regarding the traders paying large rates and rents for their premises and the potential competition that this would bring. Members also discussed the potential to revive the village by bringing in more shoppers and that this was asked for in the resident’s survey conducted last year.

For the full agenda see: http://www.formbyparishcouncil.org.uk/index.php/downloads

 


Climate Change Effects on Formby

Climate Change: Are we running out of choices?

At a time of huge political uncertainty and apparent rapid change in public discourse I just wanted to remind you all of the recently agreed International Climate Change Accord.

From the Formby perspective it may seem unimportant but sometimes we need to be reminded we are a coastal town. 

I found this animation illustrating the likely impact on our local coastline. It shows a variety of outcomes as the temperature climbs. I've simply added the 2-degree outcome, but visit the link provided to watch the full range of change calculated by the scientists involved.

(Click on the map to get a closer view)


Sea Level Rise at 2 Degrees Live

 

This map shows sea levels locked in by different amounts of carbon pollution, according to recent scientific research. If we burn enough fossil fuels to heat the planet by 4°C—continuing a path of unchecked pollution—we could drown coastal cities worldwide. If we make a rapid transition to a global clean energy economy and achieve the main goal of the Paris Agreement, limiting warming to 2°C, some cities will be saved. If we go faster and further to achieve the most ambitious Paris goal, 1.5°C, the outlook improves dramatically. Still, it is sobering to map the challenges following after 1°C of warming, a level we have just passed.

According to Climate Central’s analysis, 470 to 760 million people (central finding, 627 million) live on land that would be condemned by 4°C warming. The number drops by more than half for 2°C, and more than half again for 1.5°C.

These two efforts evaluate how much warming we can currently expect in light of the national pledges made at Paris and the policies developed since then.

(Source: http://sealevel.climatecentral.org/)

Note by the Map Producers:

Climate Central’s Program on Sea Level Rise strives to provide accurate, clear and granular information about sea level rise and coastal flood hazards both locally and globally, today and tomorrow. Anchored in rigorous primary research, our work distinguishes itself by its user-friendly maps and tools, extensive datasets, and high-quality visual presentation. The program dedicates its efforts to helping citizens, communities, businesses, organizations, and governments at every level to understand the consequences of different carbon pathways and to navigate the shifting waters of our warming world.

(Source of the map: https://www.beforetheflood.com/explore/the-crisis/sea-level-rise/)

The map suggests that long-term plans for more houses may be at risk and that if Fracking began in the area surrounding Formby it too, would be susceptible to interruption, to say the least.

The A565 would also be badly affected as well. Finally, to remind you, this image only illustrates the 2 Degree effect.