Where's Your Bike?

Do you own a bike? Is it registered?

If the answer to these questions is yes and no then I recommend the following advice from our local police.

MerseyNow
A recent National Crime Cycle survey showed that over half of the population own a bike. The typical amount spent on bike ranged from £250 - £5000. Bike are typically stored inside the home (34%), in a garage (31%) or in a private shed (22%). Over half of the respondents in the survey have had a bike stolen (57%). Of those, 27% have had two bikes stolen; and 4% had 5 or more bike stolen.

The most common place for bikes to be stolen was outside shops (18%), from private sheds (13%) and outside work (11.5%).

Sergeant Keith Burke from Merseyside Police Community Engagement Unit said

"Registering a bike with a database provider not only reduces instances of cycle theft but it has also enabled hundreds of cyclists to be reunited with their bikes after they had been stolen. Over 800 searches are made on these databases each day by the police, retailers and members of the public, making them an essential tool in the fight against cycle crime."

Consider registering your bike with one of the following providers:

www.bikeregister.com

www.immobilise.com

 


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

 


Bike & Go offers registered users free bike hire for Cycle to Work Day

A bike hire scheme is offering Formby users free bike rentals to mark Cycle to Work Day

B&G Man on BikeBike & 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%.

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Is Formby being overwhelmed by visitors?

The hot weather this weekend has resulted in the usual traffic congestion and full car parks.

Traffic jam

Once more residents lives have been disrupted by overwhelming visitor numbers. They come from all over the region, many travelling long distances in the hope of enjoying a 'day out' at the sea. They are confronted by congested roads, traffic jams and long queues for parking.

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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.”

 


United Utilities Water Pipe Burst Update

This is the latest information from United Utilities. 

UULatest Live

They add the following details. 

Your water supply should now be back to normal pressure. However, because there’s been some disturbance to the pipes in your area, you may notice the water is a little cloudy or discoloured.  You can check out our Discoloured Water page for more information.

We're sorry for any inconvenience caused.

 


Sefton Circular Cycle Route

Sefton Council launches circular cycle route

To mark the launch of a brand new cycle route, the Sefton Active Travel Team is holding a cycling day to encourage more people to get on their bike and explore the borough.

The new Sefton Circular cycle route covers 24 miles, 20 miles of which is traffic free and is officially launched on Sunday, May 21. Cyclists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend and complete all or part of the route. On the day there will be three main starting points: Formby Railway Station, Mecycle Café in Ainsdale and the main hub on the day will be Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre. Here participants will be able to access further information about cycling as well as refreshments throughout the day.

Ride registration will take place at 10am at each of the three start points and ride leaders will be on hand to start you off on the route at 10.30am. Riders will then be free to cycle the route in a clockwise direction at their own pace. The theme of the day is participation, and while participants will be encouraged to cycle all 24 miles, people are also invited to ride just a section. The event will be self-led but all riders will receive a map of the route, including turn by turn directions. There will also be directional markers along the way and cycling marshals will be patrolling the route all day.

Test

Are you a Cycle Friendly Motorist?

Ask yourself, how much space do I give when I overtake a cyclist? 

If it's less than the width of another car, you can be prosecuted  for driving without due care and attention. 

Cycling safe space

Cycling groups have welcomed the latest Parliamentary Report. 

Parliamentary group reports on cycling and the justice system

The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group's report on cycling and the justice system was published, with fourteen recommendations to reduce danger and ensure justice..... 
There's still a lot to be done by everyone, drivers, cyclists, the Police and Sefton if more of us are to take up cycling regularly. In the meantime, give cyclists more space, we share the roads,  not for racing but to get from point A to point B safely. 
 
 
 

Sefton Council Budget 2017

Here's summary of Sefton Council's Budget as it impacts on the village of Formby.

As illustrated in 6 tweets. All the details are set out in details on the Sefton Council website and include other increases and cuts in all the services.

Formby Blog Word Cloud Live

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