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Is The Village Becoming Cluttered?

Are we in danger of spoiling the centre of the town. The village lies at the heart of our town do we care enough about how it meets our needs, can we improve the high street?

Village View
Is the centre of Formby in need of change and renewal? On the face of it the heart of our town is doing well.

As retail units become available they are fairly rapidly reopened, unlike many other high streets.

The mix of mature trees, broad pavements and café outlets give Formby a welcome social space. But can it be better?

Have a close look at the view of the village. Is the space under threat? 

  • Cafe outdoor seating
  • Flower planters
  • Bike racks
  • Lamp-posts
  • Litter bins
  • Benches
  • A-Boards
  • Shop pavement displays
  • Bollards
  • Poor car parking
  • Traffic light system and railings

Does it matter you might ask, but I sense that gradually we're cluttering up the centre of the village. The number of A-boards has suddenly grown and they litter the pavement. I know there are good economic arguments in their favour but these are acquiring the Terry Wogan 'road cone' label. Too many, constantly increasing and occupying space that ought to be for pedestrians.

The village space is primarily public space shared by one and all, pedestrians as well as retailers. Pedestrians are becoming secondary to the traffic and retail activity.

What do you think? Do you agree with me? Have you any got any suggestions on improvements or are you happy with the ways it is?

Use the comment link below to make your views known. Let's have a debate.



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