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.
Sefton Council are considering the following decision.
To advise of a proposal to transfer the Council’s ownership of property adjacent to Furness Avenue, Formby in return for rights of access into adjoining former school playing fields.
The decision is due to be made by Cllr Paul Tweed, the Sefton Cabinet Member for Corporate Services And Performance. The property involves the toilets in the car park
According to the report:
The Council will benefit from a significant enhancement in the value of its neighbouring land.
Further it writes:
What consultations have taken place on the proposals and when?
The Head of Corporate Finance and ICT(FD3060/14) has been consulted and notes the report indicates no adverse direct financial implications for the Council’s budget. The report states transfer will remove long-standing holding-costs , including NNDR (in excess of £ 2,000 per annum) and in turn is likely to produce a significant capital receipt for any subsequent grant of rights over the Council’s property. The Head of Corporate Legal Services (LD 2365/14) has been consulted and comments have been incorporated in the report.
In essence this is about 'land ransom strips' held by Sefton and the Furness Road land owners. If they negotiate the exchange of these parcels of land then value can accrue to both land owners.
As the owner of the former Holy Trinity and St Peters School playing fields Sefton will gain further 'Capital Value' should they sell it. As far as I can determine no consultation has taken place and any economic advantage only goes to Sefton and not Formby.
I have written to Sefton asking if they consulted Formby Parish Council, the Central Sefton Area Committee or any individual Sefton Ward Councillor for Formby. I am still waiting for a reply.