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Portas 'Town Team' Bid Update

Earlier this week I met with two of the Formby Parish Councillors, who have volunteered to look at the idea of making a bid for a Portas Pilot Town Team Bid. It was a fruitful meeting and we agreed these actions

  • To meet with Sefton MBC officers to register our bid preparations
  • To meet with the local Traders.
  • To prepare a 'draft' bid application form.

The Parish Council members have agreed the boundaries of the bid area should focus on the village shopping centre only, but to role out the benefits to Formby's satellite shopping centres. They're also hoping to include a proposal for the empty former M&S shop next to HSBC Bank.

I suggested the mothballed toilet block in the Furness Avenue car park should be adapted so that it's primary purpose becomes a 'Tourist/Town Information' centre but also providing public access to toilet facilities. Presently the cost of renovation outweighs the likely benefits. A similar scheme was undertaken in Cumbria. A team of local residents formed a 'Trust' made a successful bid for Lottery funds and now run a thriving community led 'Information Service'.

What do you think a Portas Town Team Bid should include? The Pool Trust have just published their consultation document for the pool grounds, this is an ideal opportunity to develop an integrated improvement plan for the centre of our town.


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