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Formby Today : 31 December

Short topical stories from the social media updated daily 

Here's an offer you can't refuse

Local Health services details for the holiday period

What a woebegone figure, apparently a victim of utterly unnecessary vandalism

A History of the Formby Area Flood Protection

This short video charts the history of the Alt Crossens catchment area from the 1600s to the current day.

It describes how the original marshland was drained for farming in the 1800s and the infrastructure now in place to combat flooding. 


In the last few weeks there has been a considerable local debate in the social media about flooding, planning and proposals for more housing.

I hope an understanding of the geography of our town and it's surrounding land together with the impact of existing human intervention contributes to the debate. 

It's a complex story involving land owners, agencies, pumping stations, two Rivers, and a maze of numerous drainage ditches. 

The questions arising include:

Is it effective? Is it well managed and maintained? What will climate change do to to the system? Can it handle a lot more housing? 

On a personal level I was surprised to learn that the Alt mouth pumping station is a recent development,  only installed in 1972. That's the year my wife and I moved to Formby.

Formby Flood Drainage Basin 

This screenshot taken from the latest EA website illustrates the importance of the drainage system in place around Formby.





Formby Today : 30 December

Short Topical Stories Updated Daily 

Be proactive don't suffer by yourself

The annual Christmas tree recycling provides a valuable service

Two very useful and relevant snippets of advice

Public welcome at Trust board meeting

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust will hold its next board meeting on Wednesday 6th January at 9.30am.

image from www.formby.todayThe meeting will be held in the Seminar Room of the Clinical Education Centre at Southport and Formby District General Hospital.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe the meeting. Anyone with a special requirement should contact the Trust in advance on 01704 704783.

The agenda will be available on the Trust website in advance of the meeting. Supporting papers will be made available on the day.

Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone     01704 704494
Twitter            @SONHSTrust

Formby Today: 29 December

Age is not a barrier when it comes to fostering

Increasing concern for this missing young person from Formby

Enjoy the blues skies because there's another storm on the way

The weather forecast predicts further misery to come for those affected by the recent flooding.