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FRAGOFF Public Meeting on how to object effectively

FRAGOFF are holding a public meeting next week following the recent Planning Application to build houses on Green Belt land in Formby (See the last post on this Blog for the full details of the application).

The full 'call to action' is published below.

FRAGOFF Public Meeting on How to Object Effectively Wednesday 28th August Formby British Legion 7-9pm

The plans are in and we are preparing for the fight, with this in mind FRAGOFF are holding a Public Meeting to discuss David Wilson Homes Plans for the Liverpool Rd Site and suggest the strongest ways to object to this Development.

Come along, there will be an opportunity to write your objection on the night, if you've done so already and wish to bring it along we will hand deliver them to the Planning office in Bootle so you can be sure they have reached their target.

We are in discussion with a firm of planning consultants, who will help us put forward the strongest case possible as well as our own local experts who will represent us at the Planning Committee hearing, so come along there will be plenty to discuss I hope to see you there.

Funds! Funds! Funds!

Everyone is entitled to object and we are urging that everyone does so. However, as an organisation, FRAGOFF has amassed a large amount of information upon which to base a strong objection. In order that this objection is presented in its most effective form we feel that we need to employ the services of professional Planning Consultants. As you may imagine, this would not be a cheap exercise. We have, at present, enough funds from our bucket collection to start the ball rolling but we will need significantly more to see the process through to its conclusion. All funds collected will be used in the protection of Greenbelt.

We are therefore calling upon all our supporters, and anyone who objects to this, or any development of Greenbelt, to generously donate to our funds. There is no guarantee that we will win. However, if we don’t try then we will definitely lose.

Please be as generous as you can. This may be our best chance to halt the development and the consequent loss of our Greenbelt. All funds collected will be used in the protection of Greenbelt.

-- Maria Bennett

Liverpool Road Housing Development Proposal Submitted

The much disputed Liverpool Road housing development has been submitted to Sefton MBC planners. This Green Belt based proposal has already encountered considerable opposition from local Formby residents. The next few weeks will be lively as the forces for and against present their arguments.

Application Ref S/2013/0905
Valid date 26/07/13
Registered date 14/08/13 (start of notification period)
Earliest decision 18/09/13 (end of notification period)
Address Land bounded by Monks Drive, Savon Hook, River Clo Liverpool Road Formby
Ward Ravenmeols
Proposal Erection of 274 dwellings with associated landscaping, boundary treatment, open space and play space, footpaths, drainage infrastructure, site level engineering works, sub-stations, car parking, car ports and access roads
Development type Major Large Dwellings
Agent Turley Associates - David Diggle 1 New York Street Manchester M1 4HD Tel: 0161 233 7676 EMail: Mobile: 07820-862592
Applicant David Wilson Homes NW & Barratt Homes Manchester
Proposed decision level Delegation
Expiry date 25/10/13
Case officer Steve Faulkner
Case officer telephone 0151 934 3081
Decision date  
Decision PENDING




Fireworks Over Formby?

If the sky is clear over the next few nights  we may all catch sight of the annual prolific meteor shower called the Perseids. The shower normally reaches a peak between 9 and 14 August. As many as 60 meteors per hour in the sky is common.

They are called the Perseids because of the point from which they seem to come, called the radiant, which lies in the constellation Perseus. They've been observed for about 2000 years and are usually observed best in the pre-dawn hours when the meteor rate is greatest.

My most memorable observation of the Perseids was in the 1980's. I was driving a motor-caravan through France across a flat plain during the night. I stopped to take a short break and it was as I stood outside the van I noticed a phenomenal shower. It was the most dramatic encounter I've ever had with the universe of which we're such a small part. 

I just stood and stared and marvelled. It was like touching space. The sky was really dark, because there were no street lights and the Milky Way and the stars were extraordinarily prominent. And across this night sky canvas the Meteors traced their last moments before burning up in the earth's atmosphere.

I hope you also get to enjoy a similar experience to mine over the next few days.

Peacock Butterfly Garden Display

The garden is full of butterflies today, the Buddlea bush is living up to its common name, the butterfly bush. It has attracted huge numbers of various butterflies, as many as 5 or 6 at a time constantly graze on the plant.

The Buddleja, or Buddleia (also historically given as Buddlea) commonly known as the butterfly bush is a genus comprising over 100 species of flowering plants endemic to Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
(Source: Wikipedia) 

In the short video that follows there are three Peacock Butterflies at the front each busily feeding, dipping a long proboscis into the small narrow trumpet-shaped flowers.

The unmistakable Peacock is one of The most beautiful and readily identifiable butterflies in The UK. The eyespots act as a highly effective deterrent to potential predators which even manage to frighten large birds away. The underside of the wings are almost black and render the butterfly almost invisible when its wings are folded upright. If that isn't enough a loud grating noise produced by the rasping of The forewings also acts as a secondary deterrent.

The territorial instinct of the male Peacock protecting a prime patch of nettles often results in males trying to chase off birds who venture too close to his patch.
(Source: Steven Cheshire's british Butterflies) 


I hope you enjoyed this short fragment of video a reminder that these insects appear briefly their life cycle is about 4 months and August is the peak flight time. If you want a comprehensive guide to British Butterflies then I recommend Steven Cheshires British Butterflies website.



Bee Friendly Gardens

Bee1One of the most pleasing aspects of the Formby Edible Garden Project this year has been the huge increase in the number of bees observed in the garden. The small demonstration 'veg patch' is hosted by the Formby Swimming Pool in their grounds. Every Wednesday someone from the team works in the 'Secret Garden', as it was recently described by one of the visitors. 

The object of the #edibleformby project is to encourage others to start growing food in their own gardens no matter how limited the space, it's been interesting to hear others' tales about their efforts to restore 'Natural Formby'. Bees and insects are an important part of the project.

Bees play an important role in pollinating flowering plants, and are the major type of pollinator in ecosystems that contain flowering plants. Bees either focus on gathering nectar or on gathering pollen depending on demand, especially in social species. Bees gathering nectar may accomplishpollination, but bees that are deliberately gathering pollen are more efficient pollinators. 
(Source: )

At home we have also tried to introduce plants that attract bees and give them nectar or pollen. One of the greatest successes this year has been the flourishing Lavender Bush just outside the living room window.

It's constantly covered in a variety of honey bees and bumble bees and this has enhanced our enjoyment and sense of well-being knowing that our small patch of 'Natural Formby' is helping to sustain nearby and essential colonies of bees.

What are you doing to sustain and develop an enhanced 'Natural Formby'?