Stories of the people, the place and the areas surrounding Formby. Formby is a coastal town with a beautiful beach, fabulous sand dunes, pine woods, red squirrels all managed by the National Trust. The town boasts an attractive village shopping centre where there's much to see, eat and drink. Because of its popularity, parking close to the beach is limited, often full and large queues form by noon at weekends and bank holidays.
I have updated the links on the Parish Council section of this blog, the agenda for the 6th January full Council meeting and the minutes of the last Council Meeting and the Finance Committee are available there.
Land at Alt Meadows, off Hoggs Hill Lane, Little Altcar is on a list of sites that are been considered for reopening as waste 'landfill' or' landraising' projects by the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority(MWDA). The details are to be found on the Sefton MBC web site or directly on the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority web site. In the case of the MWDA site, this is interactive and enables the viewer to read background documents and then add observations and comments.
One of the documents featured contains the following:
Given that the potential for new landfill sites is extremely limited, it will also be necessary to examine landraise potential. Generally, landraise has similar constraint issues and engineering challenges to landfill but vary in several respects, namely:
Landraise is less tied to the location of available void space
There are still hydrogeological and groundwater issues, but landraise is likely to be further removed from the groundwater levels
It has very substantial landscape impact issues which are a major concern in a generally low lying, urbanised metropolitan area, such as Merseyside and Halton
On my reading of the documents the Alt Meadow site is a potential 'landraise' site.
This information is also featured in the forthcoming edition of the Formby Times and I urge local residents to find out more about this worrying news and make sure they make their views known to both Authorities and their elected representatives. Needless to say I will be adding my own very shortly.
On Wednesday during my usual weekly surgery I met Gill Fell and Heather Davies both of whom are involved with a 'Shop Local' campaign. They were involved in two recent meetings with local traders, which then resulted in the 'Support Local Business' posters in shop windows, this is described in more detail in a previous blog entry.
Since then I have become even more sure that Formby needs a 'Development Initiative' along the lines of Frodsham Forward. As a result I've altered the title to the link on the left hand side of the blog to reflect that idea, I'll add relevant links to the wider concept of Formby Future as and when I find them.