Residents Share Aspirations For Future of Formby Coast

Residents joined National Trust staff and volunteers at the Gild Hall in Formby on Monday 17 July to share their thoughts and aspirations for the future of the Formby Coast.

image from formbyfirst.typepad.comThe Open Day explored ideas for how this special place can best be cared for and benefit both the people who love it and the wildlife that makes its homes here. The event came as the National Trust continues positive conversations with Sefton Council about the potential transfer of 204 hectares of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols into its care.
 
 

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Formby Cider Festival

Cider lovers will be able to enjoy an unbeatable range of draught craft ciders from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, during a Formby pub's 17 day festival.

Cider Festival 2017

The cider festival will take place at The Lifeboat in Three Tuns Lane from Friday July 7 until Sunday July 23 inclusive.

The pub will offer a selection of ciders including some not previously available at the pub and the others produced exclusively for the festival.

There will also be award-winners among the available ciders.

As well as apple and pear, there will also be ciders made with elderflower, strawberry, rum and raisin, as well as toffee-apple and ginger, lychee and ginseng.

All of the ciders will cost £2.59 a pint.

The ciders on offer include;

  • Kung Fu Cider (Sandford Orchards),
  • Toffee Apple Cider (Mr Whitehead's),
  • Stan's Big Apple (Thatchers),
  • The Artful Roger (Hunts),
  • Somerset Redstreak (Perry's),
  • Pear Mania (Cockeyed Cider Company)
  • and Moonshine Rum & Raisin (Broadoak Cider). 


Pub manager Ashleigh-Jane Briscoe said: "The Lifeboat will be offering a superb selection of craft ciders during the festival.

"Cider is the perfect drink to enjoy during the summer and we believe that the festival will appeal to cider lovers as well as those enjoying cider for the first time."

Customers will be able to enjoy three third-of-a-pint ciders for the price of a pint.

Tasting notes, describing all of the ciders will be available.

 


Share Your Views About Caring For The Formby Coast

The National Trust at Formby is inviting local people to share their thoughts about caring for the coast at an Open Day on Monday 17 July 2017 from 9.30am to 7pm.

Beach marker The Trust is encouraging people to share their views and stories about the Formby coast past, present and future. The event will explore ideas for how this special place can best be cared for and benefit the people who love it and the wildlife that makes its home here.

 

 

The day follows announcements earlier this year that the Trust is in discussions with Sefton Council about the transfer of an additional 204 hectares of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols into its care. The transfer has been approved by the Sefton Cabinet and positive discussions are ongoing, with further announcements expected later this Summer. 

 

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Green-Fingered Friends of Duke Street Park

A number of garden enthusiasts have been making their mark on the local area.

Eight volunteers have joined forces to create a new Friends of Duke Street Park group in Formby.

Working together with Sefton Council’s parks and greenspaces service, the group are helping to make improvements to the park and continue the work that was started by the garden volunteers at the park.


Have your say on Rights of Way Improvement Plan (2018-2028)


Consultation for the Liverpool City Region Rights of Way Improvement Plan is now underway. This is a joint ten year plan prepared by the six Liverpool City Region local authorities and Merseytravel, on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, to improve the local network of public rights of way. 

There are 671 kilometers of rights of way in the Liverpool City Region made up of Footpaths, Bridleways and Byways. Besides their recreational value, rights of way can be a handy way of getting to work, school and amenities and form part of the wider access and transport networks. 

Copies of the plan can be viewed at council one stop shops and public libraries or at www.merseytravel.gov.uk/publicrightsofwaystrategy all comments received before the consultation closes on 29 September 2017 will be considered before the final plan is prepared and published.


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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Today and Tomorrow

This weekend looks like it's ideal for a visit to the seaside.

Beach Combing

The Wildlife Trusts - Irish Sea. Our vision is for seas that are productive with thriving wildlife.

There are eight local Wildlife Trusts that surround the Irish Sea.

Together, we are the largest voluntary organisation dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places, across the UK and Isle of Man, in the countryside, in cities and at sea.

But let's leave as you found it, as you'd like to find it. Don't leave any traces of your visit, tread softly on our common land and shore. Think of your children, your grandchildren and their children. We've only got one planet.

 

Enjoy the weekend.

 


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.

 


Latest on Land At Formby Point

Sefton Council is seeking formal approval to transfer land at Formby Point to the National Trust.

SeftonNTLogosIn March 2017, Sefton Council announced discussions had taken place regarding the potential transfer of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols from Sefton’s ownership to The National Trust.

A public notice to dispose of the land was then issued which asked for comments regarding this.

From the correspondence received, there was over-whelming support for the transfer of land to the National Trust. A petition was received with 69 names in favour of the transfer along with 7 separate written responses - 3 supportive and 4 not in favour.

Following further discussions with National Trust, a report is now going to Cabinet on May 25 recommending approval to transfer land at Formby Point to the National Trust.

It would see more than 204 hectares become part of the National Trust Formby portfolio which is home to one of the very best mobile sand dune habitats in the UK.

Sarah Kemp, Executive Director at Sefton Council, said:

"The feedback received over the potential transfer of land in Formby to the National Trust was very supportive and gives extra support for this proposal.

"We are now in a position to recommend the transfer of the land to the National Trust for them to develop a richer visitor experience with local communities and secure the future of this extraordinary coastline.

"We have said all along that we believe the land transfer will enable the National Trust to make a significant contribution to the outcomes of the Sefton 2030 Vision. It will also enable a positive impact in terms of managing the broader landscape for the benefit of people, the local economy, natural wildlife and the environment."


The dunes themselves are home to rare wildlife including sand lizards, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles and the rare Natterjack toad. The pine woodlands that fringe the coast provide a wonderful habitat to rare and much loved red squirrels.

The significance of the land at Lifeboat Road recreation area and Ravenmeols has been recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area.

Rebecca Burton, National Trust Assistant Director of Operations, said:

"Our discussions with Sefton have been progressing very well and we are really encouraged by the positive feedback received to the public notice about the potential land transfer.

“We appreciate just how important the Formby Coast is to the people who love it and use it and for the rare wildlife that makes its home here. We look forward to the Cabinet decision and the opportunity that the transfer would offer for the Trust to invest in better visitor facilities and access for the benefit of people who enjoy this special place.

“Our aim is to continue to ensure that Formby Point can continue to be used and enjoyed by future generations. We want to continue caring for and protecting this special piece of coastline, working closely with our neighbours, key stakeholders and partners to shape our plans.”

The land transfer would coincide with 2017 being the Year of Sefton's Coast and also the 50 year anniversary of the National Trust in Formby.

Chris Owen
Communications Manager
Sefton Council
Magdalen House, Trinity Road
Bootle L20 3NJ
communications@sefton.gov.uk
0151 934 2723


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