Formby residents have their say on the future of the coast

Protecting wildlife, improving facilities and maintaining Formby’s unique atmosphere are at the heart of residents’ hopes for Formby’s future, according to results of public consultations carried out over the summer by the National Trust.

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Source: NT website

Between July and September 2017, staff and volunteers hosted events across Formby to record residents’ ideas, concerns and hopes for the future of the coast. Events included an Open Day at the Gild Hall, a stall at the Formby Festival, and a series of ‘pop up’ consultations at locations in Formby village and on the National Trust site. Around 300 people were consulted, and their comments have been collated into a report, which is out now on the National Trust website.

The consultation coincides with the 50th anniversary of the National Trust taking on the care of the coast at Freshfield, and as the Trust takes on the care of an additional 204 hectares of land at Formby point.

National Trust General Manager Joanne Hudson said,

'Taking on the care of Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols makes this anniversary year an important moment in the history of the Formby Coast. It is a fantastic chance to rethink how the coast is cared for, for the benefit of the wildlife that that rely on the dunes and pinewoods, and also for residents and visitors who love the area.’

‘We have been working closely with our neighbours and stakeholders to develop plans for the future, and are delighted to have had the chance to record the views of so many people across Formby.’

‘The report shows that there is a high degree of trust around the National Trust's ability to care for the landscape and wildlife, but that there are concerns about visitor numbers, parking, litter and antisocial behaviour. A need for improved facilities and access were recurring themes.’

‘Residents want the site's unique atmosphere and areas of wildness to be safeguarded. A strong sense of the love and connection that people feel for the site came across in many comments, and we hope to build on that by continuing to work closely with the community as plans progress.’

The full report can be viewed or downloaded from the Formby National Trust Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby/documents/formby-consultation-summary-report-2017.pdf

To find out more about how to get involved with plans for the future, please visit:
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby/projects/get-involved---the-future-of-formby-point

 


This Week

 Monday 24 November 9.40 am 

Formby Library Bee Workshop

Book early to avoid disappointment

An opportunity to make hand and lip balms from local wax and honey.

These would be perfect Christmas presents. You can also sign up for a beekeeping course to take place in spring 2018.

 Thursday 23 November 10.00 am 

Tin Tabs Winter Bowling

Freshfield bowling club members are enjoying their first season of competitive winter bowling this year.

The Maghull winter league chose the club, in Timms Lane, as one of two locations for the games.

Every Saturday, bowlers from 16 clubs play in a team of two pairs. Each pair gains a point if they win and if both pairs win then the overall team gains three points.

It's early days yet, but both of the Freshfield teams have scored well and look likely to be in the final reckoning at the end of the season.

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A study in concentration Tin Tab members Frank McMahon (front) and Tony Dyson (rear) and Netherton Park players (middle)

The competition starts at 1.00 pm and lasts around two hours. The Clubhouse is open and visitors, players and supporters are welcome to enjoy Tin Tab hospitality, the bar is open and tea, coffee and biscuits are also available. 


 Wednesday 22 November 10.00 am 

What Formby Pool Trust is all about.

The Formby Pool Trust published this video yesterday explaining what it does and how it does it.

Set in the heart of our landscaped gardens. The award-winning centre boasts two luxurious pools, a wellness suite and cafe. 

Published on Youtube by The Formby Pool Trust on 20 Nov 2017

 

 Tuesday 21  November 9.30 am 

Community Lecture at Formby High School

 

Dr Jennifer Brown of the University of Liverpool will be speaking at the next 'Community Lecture' hosted by Formby High School on 22 November 2017 (7 pm).

The event is free to all members of the public - if you are interested, please contact either Formby High School or The University of Liverpool to reserve your tickets.

When 22 Nov 2017 at 7:00pm until 22 Nov 2017 at 9:00pm
Where Formby High School Freshfield Road Formby L37 3HW

Monday 20 November 9.30 am

Sefton Council celebrates #OurDay

#OurDay 2017 takes place 21 November. It is Sefton Council's chance to shine a light on the amazing work that we and our volunteers do to support our communities.

https://youtu.be/Nq8eHCPr2Yg

In common with local Councils around the country, Sefton Councils' participation will be 'live tweeted' using the hashtag #OurDay

 


Parking Restrictions proposed for Formby Village

On 10 November Cllr John Fairclough, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member - Locality Services will be asked to give approval for the introduction of Traffic Regulation Orders at various locations in Formby Village.

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He will consider two reports, an extract from one of these is shown below.

Following objections to the introduction of car parking charges on Sumner Road car park, it was agreed with Ward Members and Parish Councillors, that officers would carry out a comprehensive parking survey prior to the introduction of the parking charges. This was done in September 2015.

A second survey was carried out in April 2017, once parking patterns had settled down, in order to establish whether there had been any displacement of parking following the car park charges. In both surveys, special attention was also given to several areas where complaints had already been received, regarding obstructive and dangerous parking.

The purpose of this report is to highlight whether any parking has been displaced, following the introduction of the charges, and to evaluate whether any roads within the study area required additional waiting restrictions.

Results of Surveys

In both surveys, parking surveys were carried out on a Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Any vehicle parked within the study area was noted...... In addition to the location of the parked vehicles, an assessment was made at the time by the surveyor, as to whether the positioning of the vehicles resulted in any obstruction/congestion.

In addition to identifying the location of any on-street parking, the surveyors also quantified the number of vehicles in each of the three car parks.......

As ..... usage of the Sumner Road car park has remained almost at capacity, despite the charges being introduced, and none of the parking has been displaced into surrounding roads.
A number of locations which were initially raised as concerns, still remain a concern and require various waiting restrictions in order to remove the congestion and improve safety.

Proposal

It is proposed, therefore, to introduce a number of waiting restrictions on:-
 Halsall Lane
 Gores Lane
 Lonsdale Road
 Rosemary Lane
 Freshfield Road
 Duke Street

Source  http://modgov.sefton.gov.uk/moderngov/documents/s78803/Appendix%20-%20Briefing%20report%20-Formby%20Village%20-%20proposed%20waiting%20restrictions.pdf

For all the details use the following link: http://modgov.sefton.gov.uk/moderngov/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=51110&Opt=0


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.

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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