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How could we improve the village centre?

I've  started a new conversation about the future of Formby Village on the latest conversational tool from Twitter called 'Branch'.

You can use more than the usual 140 characters to expand your ideas. Why not join me, let's see what wealth of good ideas the community of Formby has for the future.

As a starter I like to suggest we blur the distinction between the road and the pavements. It's called 'shared space' elsewhere. It slows down traffic, reduces noise, pollution, potential accidents and generally improves the social feeling in a public space.

At the moment vehicles and people get in each others' way and the barriers emphasise that division.

What do you think?

Here's the page where the debate starts:


Formby Ordnance Survey Benchmarks Found

At least two Formby Ordnance Survey benchmarks still survive today, despite being obsolete and abandoned by the O.S.

Following the start of the controversy about the proposed building development in Formby I have been wondering about the height of the land for the proposed development. I looked for and found two O.S benchmarks. There are probably still more in Formby. They were significant because they were used to establish the height of building foundations against a known recorded data point. 

Benchmark1aThe Ordnance Survey Bench marks (BMs) are survey marks made by Ordnance Survey to record height above Ordnance Datum. If the exact height of one BM is known then the exact height of the next can be found by measuring the difference in heights, through a process of spirit levelling.

Most commonly, the BMs are found on buildings or other semi-permanent features. Although the main network is no longer being updated, the record is still in existence and the markers will remain until they are eventually destroyed by redevelopment or erosion.

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Housing Development Protest Meeting

I have received the following from a local resident of Formby and I am publishing it for your information. 

We have a public meeting arranged for this Friday at 7.00pm at Formby Sports and Social Club (the old Royal British Legion in Whitehouse Lane).

All are welcome who wish to oppose this development and the community will be informed about what strategy we will be using. No one representing the developers will be allowed to attend as this meeting is for the residents of Formby.

Maria Bennett 


Find prehistoric Footprints

Would you like to help record new exposures of prehistoric footprints on the foreshore at Formby before they are lost to the tide?

Join a team tonight at 6pm.

The team at Formby are looking for archaeology volunteers to visit the foreshore and work with archaeologists to record the human and animal tracks preserved in the hard sediments in order to build up a picture of the activity that occurred some five thousand years ago.

Why not come along? Meet by the notice boards opposite the toilets on Victoria Road. No experience necessary, just appropriate clothing and an enquiring mind.


Explore Formby

On the 15 August, come and explore the woodland and beaches at Lifeboat Road, Formby, and create massive sculptures from natural materials.

In the morning, 10-12.30pm we’ll be in the woodlands, find us in the events field adjacent to Lifeboat Road.

In the afternoon, 1.30-3.30pm we’ll be on the beach, follow the boardwalk and look for our colourful flags. This is one of a series of events organised by Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership Scheme. The event is free, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

(Source: What's on in Sefton web site)