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

 


Beach Safe 2017 Starts

The Beach Safe 2017 campaign is under way.

The initiative by Sefton Council in partnership with Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue and the National Trust will promote safe use of the beaches along Sefton’s 22 miles of coast.

     They are encouraging people to be aware of potential risks and dangers of being on the beach, as well as being respectful to the environment and other beach users. The Beach Safe campaign is an annual summer collaboration of partners hoping to ensure everybody stays safe and enjoys our beautiful coast.

          “We are delighted to work with partners again to deliver these important messages. We want all beach users to be safe and to have a great time enjoying the Sefton coast. We ask that beach users be respectful to each other and the environment.”

via mysefton.co.uk

 Beachsafe2017

 

 

 


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.

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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

 


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. 
 
 
 

St George's Day, William Shakespeare, Sun and Sundials

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He died on 23 April 1616.

William Shakespeare is quintessentially English who is also universally known. As is the case with St George, the Patron Saint of England, who's memory we celebrate annually. 

Shakespeare wrote:

SunDial BaseCarve out dials, quaintly, point by point
Thereby to set the minutes, how they run,
How many make the Hour full, complete,
How many hours bring about the Day.
        King Henry VI. Pt. III. Act II. Sc. 5.

In the last few days we've been blessed by glorious uninterrupted sunny weather and I was looking for an appropriate short story to link these events and Formby together.

This incomplete sundial is in the grounds of St Peter's Church in Freshfield.

It's one of a number of historic items and places registered on the Historic British Listed Buildings list, which is an online database of buildings and structures that are listed as being of special architectural and historic interest.

The details recorded on the list describe it as follows:

FORMBY GREEN LANE (east side)
2/39 Sundial approx. 5.5 m. south of Church of St. Peter G.V. II

Sundial. Probably C18. Stone. Tuscan column with square abacus on cyma moulding. Metal plate; gnomon missing.

(Source: http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/)

And the Gnomon that's missing well that's the part that normally casts a shadow on the dial showing an approximation of the time, they look like this image below, which explains the way they work.

Sundial Gnomon
ASundial Columns a resident of Formby since 1972 I've lost count of the number of times I've passed this column when walking into Formby Village from my house.

I've never noticed it before, which I suppose just illustrates how often I walk or cycle around with my eyes closed to the details of our rich environment.

This is the stone column to look out for.

There's also a very interesting building opposite St Peter's Church, which is not recorded on the British Historic Buildings list.

I think this is a surprising omission. It's an old building and looking at old maps suggests it was a 'Public House'.

Two places serving the 'Spirit' side by side.