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Sefton Clarifies Formby Parish Council Vacancy and Boundary Changes

Sefton Council's Principal Lawyer confirms my view regarding a recent Formby Parish Council resolution.

In my first post dated 7 February I wrote to both Formby Parish Council and Sefton Parish Council seeking clarification about the legitimacy of the following resolution:

7.1 To formally acknowledge the resignation of Cllr Gwyther and to determine whether to reduce the number of Cllrs to 14 for the present time, whilst formalising the process to re-draw the boundary of Formby Parish Council to incorporate the area known as Little Altcar Parish Council

Ballot Box LiveYou'll see from my original post I challenged the idea that a casual vacancy declaration can be deferred. I also challenged the notion that the Parish Council has the legal powers to alter Parish Boundaries or redraw them.

This morning I finally received the following answer from Sefton Council.

Dear Mr Brady,

I write with reference to your recent emails with Jill Coule.

In relation to Annex A to Chapter 4 of the budget report I have just checked the system and the document can be found at page 169 of the reports pack for this week’s Council meeting. If you are still having difficulty accessing the document please let me know. [My emphasis this was another issue I was seeking an answer for, from Sefton]

In relation to the matters concerning Formby Parish Council (FPC) , [my emphasis] I must apologise for not replying directly to you on the issues. My colleague met with the Chair and the Clerk of FBC on 21st February to cover the issues raised and I had presumed that you were a Parish Councillor and the information would have been passed on to you. I now understand you are not a member of FPC. My apologies.

I understand you raised three issues:

1. What FPC should do when a vacancy arises

2. FPC’s proposal to reduce the number of Councillors, and

3. The issue of a boundary change

I can confirm that your understanding of the legislative position in relation to the three issues is correct. [my emphasis]

Kind regards and once again apologies for not replying sooner.

Principal Lawyer

I now presume that Formby Parish Council has declared or will shortly declare a vacancy and that residents, if they so wish, can express an interest in becoming a member of the Council.

An election will only become necessary if enough voters ask for one, otherwise, the vacancy can be filled by Co-option.

Whichever way this proceeds, I hope the new member is utterly independent of any party or interest group. I also hope the person concerned is much younger than any of the present Council members, no offence intended.

Formby needs a wider range of talents experience and Civic enthusiasm.

As a former Councillor on Sefton and Formby Parish Councils, I'd be very happy to advise.



Sefton Council Budget 2017

Here's summary of Sefton Council's Budget as it impacts on the village of Formby.

As illustrated in 6 tweets. All the details are set out in details on the Sefton Council website and include other increases and cuts in all the services.

Formby Blog Word Cloud Live

Are you interested in Victorian or Edwardian history?

This latest blog story from the Atkinson might be of interest.

Many of us older residents in Formby are likely to harbour family memories of Edwardian times. I still recall my Mum's 'Dolly Peg'. How about you? Have you still got some old bits and pieces of old paperwork lying around?

The Atkinson Live 2

Formby High School - Spring Lectures

A series of free talks at Formby High School with University of Liverpool Continuing Education department.

Formby High Sprinh Lectures LiveContinuing Education often works in partnership with a number of the City of Liverpool’s cultural institutions to provide free talks and workshops throughout the year.

Starting on the 1 March with Dr Kate O'Leary and an Introduction to Shakespeare's World.

Formby High School - Spring Lectures
All talks will take place at Formby High School, Merseyside, L37 3HW

An Introduction to Shakespeare's World
Wednesday 1 March, 7-8pm

Dr Kate O’Leary

This lecture provides an introduction to the study of Shakespeare. We will look at the time in which Shakespeare lived and how politics, religion and other major social changes affected his writing. We will explore the theatres in which he worked, how actors performed on stage, what costumes they wore and what audiences loved to see!

We will also look at the number of plays that Shakespeare wrote and why some are performed more than others. By bringing the world of Shakespeare alive, we will see how important a figure he was, and still is, today.

If you would like to confirm your attendance please click here.

Archaeology on the Sefton Coast
Thursday 30 March, 7-8pm

Dr Rob Philpott

From prehistoric footprints to the lifeboat station, the Sefton coast’s rapidly changing shoreline and shifting dunes have produced a range of finds and sites of interest to archaeologists. Finds show that people have been living and working on and near the coast for thousands of years. This talk will look at some of these recent discoveries and will show how archaeologists record and interpret them.

If you would like to confirm your attendance please click here.

A Brief History of Gravity
Thursday 27 April, 7-8pm

Stephen Hughes

Newton’s law of gravitation successfully accounted for many phenomena in the solar system. Einstein developed an improved theory of gravity called general relativity to overcome the inconsistencies with Newton’s theory. Despite the success of general relativity, the origin of the universe and black holes are not fully explained by this theory. A new theory of gravity is expected to provide the missing details and would be regarded as the ultimate achievement in physics. This lecture explores aspects of these three periods of the history of gravity.

If you would like to confirm your attendance please click here.