Formby locals urged to rediscover love of cycling

A Dutch cyclist is urging people to rediscover the delights of Formby – by bike.

Cycling Formby
Linda van deer HaagLinda van der Haar from bike hire scheme Bike & Go, which operates from participating train stations including Formby, Ainsdale and Southport, says that the varied cycle routes around the area are a gift to those who enjoy cycling – but that even more people could be making the most of them.

The keen cyclist who moved to the region from Amsterdam two years ago, has been particularly impressed by the Asparagus Cycle Route, the Cheshire Lines, and overall flat terrain.

She is now calling for those more used to getting behind the wheel to use Bike Week, which runs until this Sunday, as the perfect opportunity to see their locality from a new perspective.

 


Bike & Go launches Chic Cyclist 2017 competition

Bikeandgo1Newlywed Pippa Middleton, supermodel Kendall Jenner, and actress Blake Lively have all been snapped in chic – but very normal - cycling gear.

And now the country’s leading bike hire scheme Bike & Go is inviting you to do the same.

Bike & Go has launched its annual search to find Britain’s most stylish cyclist. So if you pride yourself on looking as effortlessly chic on your bike as you do off it, then pull out that selfie stick and start snapping.

Whether your cycle chic is jeans and Converse for a casual weekend ride, or heels and a shift dress for an office-ready commute to work, Bike & Go want to see it.

Any gender is eligible to enter, with the winner riding off with £150 worth of Love to Shop vouchers, which can be redeemed at a wide range of UK stores and attractions.
Simply take a selfie, or ask a friend to do it for you, of yourself on your bike in your most stylish cycling outfit and tweet it to @UKBikeandGo using the hashtag #ChicCyclist2017

The winner will be announced via Twitter on Friday, July 7 through the @UKBikeandGo handle.

Rosanna Downes, 31, won last year’s Chic Cyclist competition. She said:

“My partner Tom and I love riding our tandem, so when we got engaged there was no doubt in our minds that it should be a part of our wedding.

“In my winning entry I'm definitely the most chic I've ever looked on a bicycle, though I was amazed to win against some pretty stiff competition. I celebrated with a suitably chic shopping trip. I'd urge anyone considering to submit an entry - it's great fun seeing your pic alongside all the other chic cyclists and you never know, you might just win.”

Cycling enthusiast and Bike & Go’s business manager Linda van der Haar, who has brought her own version of cycle chic from the Netherlands to the UK, said:

“Last year’s Chic Cyclist competition revealed just how many stylish cyclists there are riding around the UK, and we’re hoping that this year we’ll see even more fabulous entrants taking part.

“Cycling isn’t about donning Lycra that clings in all the wrong places – it’s about getting around in a way that provides lots of mental and physical health benefits, and is good for the environment too. Our Chic Cyclist 2017 competition aims to highlight the fact that anyone can jump on a bike – whatever they’re wearing.”

 


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

 


Change to hospital parking fee

A 10p rise for parking at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals comes into effect tomorrow (June 1) for motorists staying between 20 minutes and two hours.

image from www.formby.todayAll other charges are unchanged. This is the first increase in the cost of parking since April 2015.

Passes continue to be available to frequent visitors for £10 a week or £30 for three months. A £10 refundable deposit is required. These are available from the General Office at either hospital site or the porters’ lodges out of office hours.

Fees from parking charges go towards the cost of maintaining the car parks with any surplus going directly to patient care.

 

Band

Current fee

Fee from 1 June 2017

Less than 20 mins

Free

No change

20 mins to 2 hours

£2.90

£3

2 to 4 hours

£3.50

No change

4 to 8 hours

£4.30

No change

More than 8 hours

£5.30

No change

 

Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone     01704 704494
Email              tonyellis@nhs.net 

Web                www.southportandormskirk.nhs.uk
Twitter            @SONHSTrus
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Water Supply Problem L37, Formby

Update @ 07:15 - A team of engineers are on the way to the Formby By Pass to begin repairs to a large burst water pipe causing no waters in your area. They will be on site as soon as possible.

 

Update @ 06.15   A leak on the Formby Bypass affecting customers in L37, has been spotted and reported to us. Our inspector is currently on-site and believes that this is the cause for some of you having no water or just a trickle. 

Here's the latest from United Utilities.

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The Future for Business is Digital

What will Formby be like in the future?

I don't know about you but it's clear we are living through a period of enormous change and upheaval, not least of it in the world of work and business.

More than 100 business delegates from across Sefton descended on Hugh Baird College to learn more about exciting new developments in the field of digital technologies for small firms. 

The theme for Sefton Economic Forum was ‘The Future for Business is Digital’, and was organised by Sefton Growth Hub, part of the Council’s InvestSefton enterprise and investment service. 

Subjects discussed at the event, included digital technologies as an enabler for small firms, future trends, and the many free applications available online to help businesses improve productivity, save time and reduce costs.

The meeting set out to help existing businesses to confront the challenges of new technologies, but I'm interested in the more local level here in Formby.

We know our local Parish Councils have spent at least 2/3 years on a Neighbourhood Plan and we know that has cost quite a lot of time, consultation and money in the preparation. Are you, like me, wondering when that will be adopted? Are the two local Councils going to agree the way forward?

It seems to me given the time taken so far over preparing the plan, it may no longer be fit for purpose. I think we have a right to expect our local civic leaders to be precisely that, leaders.

I'm fast beginning to think that they have lost their way and in doing do, are failing us all in the community.

What do you think?

  image from www.formby.today

 

 


Formby Village Weekly Market Starts

Despite misgivings by some of the local traders, the new Village Market appears to be welcomed by most people.

What do you think, are you in favour or not? Is this Formby Parish Council initiative a good idea or not? Add your comments below. 

 

The Good Wool Shop Market Stall 2

The Good Wool Shop

 


Shop Scene from the Past

I wonder how many of you know what this is? 

Older followers are likely to recognise it first, but I challenge the younger reader to try a guess before reading more. 

Wire cash carrier

It’s a wire cash carrier found in many High Street shops in the 1950's. Recently I found myself remembering a Foster Brothers high street shop in Shirley, Birmingham. 

A men's and boys outfitters only found in the Birmingham City area in the 1950's. Imagine a large High Street shop like Derbyshires in Formby, or Brynes at Freshfield, both characterised by the presence of different departments.

Fosters had a department for shirts, another for 'off the peg' suits, another for socks and so on. As you went to each department, a shop assistant would be available to help  you with the products only available in that section.

The assistant would write out the invoice by hand, take your cash, fold it into the invoice and stuff into a leather pouch. This would be attached to a wire cash carrier, the release mechanism triggered and the pouch would whizz across the shop floor above customers and staff, arriving with a short crashing sound at the cashiers office.

Soon after, the pouch would be returned in a similar manner, the invoice replaced by a receipt acknowledging the transaction. In the meantime the shop assistant would meticulously pack your purchases using a single sheet of brown paper,  securing the whole parcel  with string fastening.

How times have changed, now 'click and collect' is transforming our High Streets beyond recognition. 

 

 


Red Squirrels Future under the Microscope

There are thought to be about 140,000 red squirrels left in the UK.

Researchers are embarking on a new project aimed at helping to safeguard the future of the red squirrel in the UK.

The Nottingham Trent University study is investigating how red squirrels currently utilise and exploit urban environments – so that this information can be used to help better manage these habitats to their advantage.

via phys.org

Formby residents are accustomed to seeing Red Squirrels out and about in gardens or crossing roads from property to property. It's clear that many of our local Squirrel population have learnt to live with their human neighbours. 

Nonetheless, this research is to be welcomed, the more we learn about the Squirrels, the more likely they are to survive and thrive.  We take their presence for granted rather too much. Their survival is probably  an indicator of our own long term chances.  Research

 


Liverpool City Region Mayoral Election 2017

The inaugural Liverpool City Region mayoral election will be held on 4 May 2017 to elect the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

Tmp_16841-mayoral election-1462919350Subsequent elections will be held May 2020 and then every four years after that. The metro mayor will have control over the whole Liverpool City Region combined authority area which consists of the following local authorities:

The Mayor will work with existing city and borough leaders to take forward the mayor's strategic plan. The metro mayor will have a budget of £900 million over 30 years with powers on education & skills, planning and housing, transport, health and social care.

Combined authorities were introduced in England outside Greater London by the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 to cover areas larger than the existing local authorities but smaller than the regions. Combined authorities are created voluntarily and allow a group of local authorities to pool appropriate responsibility and receive certain delegated functions from central government in order to deliver transport and economic policy more effectively over a wider area.

There are currently six such authorities, with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority established on 1 April 2011, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and three others established in April 2014, and a sixth in April 2016. If more than three candidates stand, the outcome will be determined by the supplementary vote system (SV).

For more visit the Wikipedia page