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.
NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG have joined Sefton Council in encouraging people in Sefton to ‘keep warm, keep well’ over the next few days as severe low temperatures and bitterly cold wind are forecast from now until the weekend.
The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings across the North West, and although Sefton isn’t currently expected to see any snow over the coming days, that doesn’t lower the risk of freezing temperatures.
People over the age of 65, pregnant women, people with a long-term health condition and very young children are amongst those who most at risk from the cold weather. The NHS offers advice on how to keep you and your family well at home including:
- heating your home to at least 18C (65F)
- draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts
- get a flu jab, if you haven’t already had one
- wear several layers of clothes to maintain body heat
- have at least one hot meal a day and have hot drinks regularly
- keep moving and active
- seek advice from a pharmacist if you are feeling unwell, even if it’s just a cough or cold
- check in on older neighbours or relatives to make sure they are safe and well
Debbie Fagan, chief nurse at the CCGs, said:
“This week looks like it could be one of the coldest we’ve had for some time so it is important for people to prepare. It can be difficult to stay warm in these kind of temperatures and if you know someone who needs help, please do take the time to look in on them over the next few days.”
Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said:
“With temperatures predicted to drop below zero this week, it’s important for residents to make sure that they are prepared for the cold.
“If you’re in good health and able to get about please check in on elderly relatives, neighbours or those who may be living with dementia to ensure they are warm enough and have everything they need at home.”
For more advice on how to ‘keep warm, keep well’, please visit the NHS Choices website:
Sefton Council has just made the following announcement regarding the future of the Formby Village trees.
Sefton Council have called for a meeting with tree experts to discuss independent inspection findings regarding trees in Chapel Lane, Formby.
A spokesman for Sefton Council said:
As promised, we agreed with Formby Parish Council and local councillors to defer the tree removal works planned in Formby Village to give an opportunity for them to commission an independent inspection into the condition of the trees.
While we remain very concerned about the health and safety risks associated with these trees, we want to ensure the views of local communities are heard and that we take a balanced view without compromising the safety of pedestrians and road users.
We have now received the full report and while there is agreement on three out of the five trees, there are still issues in respect of the other two trees and we are seeking clarity on a couple of key points, particularly on the assessment of the health and safety risk, which remains a priority for us.
To ensure we reach a mutually agreeable sustainable solution, we would like the opportunity for our own internal tree experts and the author of the report to come together to discuss some aspects in more detail. We are currently waiting for this to be arranged.
Once this conversation has taken place, the Council will provide a detailed assessment of the report and determine its decision in relation to these two trees.
No work will commence on any tree until 5th March 2018 at the earliest to allow for discussions to take place.
Margaret Carney, Sefton Council CEO, has written to local Councillors setting out the current position regarding the village trees. I'm grateful to her for permission allowing me to publish the letter. (The highlights are mine and not part of her original)
I refer to my previous emails regarding the trees in Formby Village. Having discussed this matter with Council officers we remain concerned about the health and safety risks associated with these trees. We also want to ensure the views of local communities are heard and that we take a balanced view whilst always prioritising the safety of pedestrians and road users. Delaying the removal of the trees obviously increases the risk, however, having sought internal professional advice I am proposing a way forward that I hope you will be able to support.
I am minded to agree to an independent inspection of the three worst trees i.e. those outside (Waterfields, Boots and Cassidy’s) providing it is commissioned and funded by either the Parish Council or Ward Budgets and includes the requirement to assess the health and safety implications. Whilst not being bound by the inspection the Council will consider the results and our internal experts will scrutinise the report.
The inspection must be carried out by a suitably qualified and experienced person and we would ask that provision be made for a conversation on any report with the Council’s experts if required. I have to remind councillors that liability remains with the Council and therefore this inspection will need to be completed quickly. The independent report would need to be received by 13th February and the intention would be to carry out any work in the week beginning 19th February.
The two other trees will as previously advised be left in situ and we will assess these in Summer when they are in leaf. It remains our view that these trees are in decline and will need to be removed in the near future.
We currently assess these as needing to be removed next Winter. However, this will be subject to a further consultation with ward and parish councillors nearer time. This complies with the approach outlined in my email of 31st January of a phased approach.
I understand the Parish Council is considering the proposal to commission an independent survey next week. Obviously, the proposals above is dependent upon that or another funding source being identified. I would be grateful if you could indicate your support or otherwise for this approach. If I do not hear from you by 5 pm on the 5th February, I will assume you are in support.
I would ideally like to achieve unanimous support for this way forward.