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Formby 2020 Vision

Tomorrow I will be attending the next meeting of the Formby Parish Council, we recommence our normal monthly meeting cycle after a break during August.

I will be submitting details of a Draft plan for the Community of Formby, essentially the 'Formby Parish Plan', which many local Parishes and communities have also drawn up as guides to the future of their local communities.

I thought it might be interesting to publish the 'vision' statement section.

Vision Formby 2020

Formby will be a popular, pleasant and prosperous Town, adapting to climate change with a successful and sustainable local economy, culturally rich and a lively sense of an active resilient community. It will have retained its high quality environment but it will have adapted to be able to provide for an increasing number of visitors using Formby as a 'Gateway' to the coast or visiting Formby for leisure, shopping, cultural and sporting activity. It will be a diverse population hallmarked by the full ranges of ages and life-stages and different cultural heritages.

A local, prosperous and sustainable economy:

    * Full employment
    * Increasing local employment opportunities particularly in the 'Knowledge and New Media industries'
    * Thriving local businesses
    * Development of opportunities arising from visitors and the promotion of 'Formby as a destination town'

The Environment:

    * The maintenance and protection of our natural environment whilst adapting to and mitigating the impact of Climate Change.
    * To maintain, enhance and preserve our existing open space.
    * To improve access to the neighbouring countryside for cyclists and walkers.
    * To encourage local food production.

A Safe, Strong Community with a clear sense of Well Being:

    * An active community physically, intellectually and socially, caring for and aware of all in our community.
    * Effective local services and facilities.
    * A culturally rich and diverse community reflecting all ages, heritages and traditions.

Culturally Rich:

    * Wide participation in local arts, sports, civic activities and local traditions.
    * A strong sense of Civic Pride and engagement celebrating what Formby offers.

A Low Carbon and Energy community:

    * A local community marked by a strong sense of self-reliance, low energy use, local energy production and a continuing commitment to become a 'low carbon community'.

Any comments? Is there anything missing? What would you like to see removed or rewritten?

How many Parish Councils are there..?

I was at a meeting of the Formby Partnership last week to review the outcome of the successful 'Formby Live' music festival, when someone said 'I can't remember whether it was the Formby Parish Council or Little Altcar Parish Council'. It became clear that some residents of Formby don't really understand that within the geographical town we call Formby, there are two Parish Councils.

Both Formby and Altcar Councils were formed in 1894. In 1974 the Formby Urban District Council, formerly the Formby Parish Council, dissolved itself when Sefton MBC came into being. Altcar Parish Council was divided into two, becoming Little Altcar and now enclosed within the Sefton boundaries while the other half remained in Lancashire and was renamed Great Altcar.

A look at the map illustrates the reason for the confusion.

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The Little Altcar Parish Council boundary follows the coastal side of Liverpool Road to the junction of Ravenmeols, then it follows the line of Bills Lane footpath, enclosing Ashcroft, Kent and Marina Roads, Altcar Lane and Hoggs Hill Lane. The boundary then makes it's way to the sea and stops just on the northern edge of Hightown, the Rifle Range, the Hoggs Hill Allotment and the Power House are all in Little Altcar. The confusion is caused by the fact that to the eastern side of Liverpool Road, the Formby Parish Council boundary encloses Alt Road, Monks Drive and Saxon Hook and then follows the edge of the field towards the Tesco junction before crossing the A565 and enclosing the whole of the shopping and industrial complex. If you look carefully when you drive north on the bypass you'll notice the small signs marking out the two boundaries. Confusing isn't it?