Formby and Little Altcar Parish Council Elections 2019

Eagle-eyed voters will notice the significance of this year's local elections for Parish Councillors.

Polling Station 2Formby Parish Council and Little Altcar Parish Council will eventually become a ‘Grouped Council’

The following extract from the Little Altcar PC website explains it clearly  [Note: Formby Parish Council website and their Facebook have been inactive for months]

Following the last parish council meeting the Clerk has been exploring alternative options for the amalgamation of the 2 parishes and a Grouping Order would appear to provide a way forward without the necessity of obtaining over 2000 signatures"

The extract continues with the following:

Using the Law: Grouped Parishes

A more formal way of enlarging resources through partnership is by grouping a number of adjacent parishes. Provision for this exists in the 1972 Local Government Act. A grouped parish is a way of pooling resources whilst preserving the identity of each of the individual parishes or settlements within it. It is also a way of avoiding the hassle of a boundary review.

Under the 1972 Act, a group of parishes can apply to a principal authority (the District in a three-tier area) for a grouping order. The order must name the group and must provide for the separate representation on the council of each parish on the council. It is as if each constituent parish were a ward in a principal authority’s area, with representation on the Council. Units which previously had no council can be added to the group, also with representation. A group cannot be formed without consent of an electors’ meeting in each of the parishes or units concerned. A group may apply to the principle authority for a dissolution order or for a single unit or parish to be separated from the group, again with the consent of an electors’ meeting.

Extract from LGIU and SLCC publication “Parish and Town Clustering” Sept 2006

(Source Little Altcar Parish Council Website, accessed 9th April 2019)

According to Sefton Council, the Grouping Order is likely to be made later this year. So for the time being each Parish Council in Formby is a separate entity.

I'm intrigued regarding the eventual governance structure. Formby PC consists of 15 members [Note the odd number] and Little Altcar PC has 7 members. But if all 22 members are de facto members of the principal body then voting could become an issue. I suspect that the new Council may form an executive body with representation from each of the wards. But who knows?

Watch this space!

In my next post, I have a closer look at the range of candidates standing for election and how, apart from two unaffiliated independents, all the others are linked with Political Parties.

 


L37 FEST Tickets go on sale from 7.00 pm today

L37 FEST Logo
The hugely anticipated ‘L37 Fest’ is coming to Orrell Hill Woods (just off the Formby Bypass) this July from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th and tickets go on sale from Tuesday 9th April at 7 PM via ticketquarter.co.uk

The festival has been the talk of the town since its approval by Sefton Council last week and organisers can’t contain their excitement for what they have in store.

Bongo’s Bingo and S Club are already confirmed to headline Friday night in front of 3000 festival goers! Make sure you’re prepared for big cash prizes, silly ones, awkward dance-offs, rave intervals and much more with the main man Jonny Bongo hosting it all. There’s truly nothing better than Bongo’s festival style - it’s going to be huge!

L37 Events, the parent company and organiser of ‘L37 Fest’ were happy to announce Variety: The Children’s Charity will be their charity partner with profits from Friday night’s ticket sales going straight to the charity and helping sick, disabled and disadvantaged children throughout the North West.

The headline acts for Saturday and Sunday, as well as the entertainment schedule for the Main Stage and Second Stage at the festival, are yet to be revealed, with an announcement expected in the coming weeks.

Tickets will be available via www.ticketquarter.co.uk/L37Fest or by calling the box office on 0344 8000 410 with early bird pricing starting at £18 for Friday night and VIP day passes going up to £50 which includes a private lounge area, premium washroom facilities, welcome drinks with a private bar and other amenities.

 


Bike & Go offers fun-seekers cut-price day out this April

Bike and Go with Friends 2Groups of friends looking for an alternative way to see the local sights are being invited to enjoy a half-price day out, courtesy of Bike & Go.

The bike hire scheme, which offers bike hire facilities from 22 participating train stations across the Merseyrail network, is running a special deal for groups of people who want to experience a different kind of sight-seeing trip this spring, with half-price subscription and a ‘rent two, get two free’ offer.

The offer means that those signing up before April 30th, 2019, will pay just £5, rather than the usual £10 subscription fee. In addition, for the duration of the offer period, they will be able to rent out four bikes for the price of two – a saving of £7.60 for each 24-hour period for which the bikes are hired.

Those watching the pennies over the Easter period will be particularly delighted by the deal, with the total price of a new subscription and bike hire for four people working out at just over £3 per person.

And Bike & Go are hoping that locals and visitors to the region alike will use the cost-effective deal to tour the area and take in the sights from a different viewpoint.

Suzanne Grant, Director of Bike & Go said:

“Cycling is a lovely way to get out into the fresh air and socialise with friends, and now that spring is here there’s no better way to see the attractions on offer in the region.

“This April, we want to encourage people to take to two wheels and enjoy the numerous physical and mental health benefits that cycling can bring, while having a great day out in the process. We have adjusted our prices to make the experience accessible to as many people as possible.”

Studies have shown that cycling with friends or a partner boosts cyclists’ pedal power, with Strava’s 2018 Year in Review report revealing that group riders average a 52% increase in mileage compared to those who cycled alone.

It also brings out cyclists’ competitive streak, with a Kansas State University study showing that people who worked out with someone they thought was better than them increased their intensity and time spent exercising by 200%.

Those wishing to take advantage of the offer can head to one of the 22 participating train stations across the Merseyrail network, including Liverpool Central, Moorfields, Aigburth, Southport, Ormskirk and West Kirby. There are also bike hire facilities at Seacombe Ferry Terminal and Leasowe Castle, in addition to a further 49 participating train stations across much of the North West, North East and Yorkshire, East and South East of England, and Scotland.

To hire a Bike & Go bike, users simply need to register their card details online, which they can do via smartphones, tablets, or at home, and pay the annual subscription fee, priced at £5 during the offer period.

To claim the half-price subscription, users should select the ‘Bike 19’ promotion option when completing the online form, and enter promotion code ‘bike’.

They will then receive a user number via email which will allow immediate bike hire – usually charged at just £3.80 per 24 hours up to a maximum of 72 hours - while they wait for their Bike & Go membership card. When hiring the bikes, subscribers should simply ask staff for four bikes instead of two, then cycle off to enjoy a healthy day out with their friends.