Local Conservative Councillors Fund Tree Carving for Formby Village

Local Conservative Councillors have just announced their latest proposal for Formby Village.

As Sefton Councillors they have access to S106 monies (These are paid to local Councils by developers) to fund local projects of their own choice. In this case, the Councillors have apparently commissioned a local tree carver to utilise the tree trunk that remains after the recent tree felling controversy.

This is a preliminary model made by the artist and published recently on his Twitter feed.

I wonder what the residents and village traders will make of the idea. 

What do you think?

Screen Grab Tree Carver




Source: Simon Archer Sculptor

FPC Councillor Attendance Records 2018-2019

The latest available attendance record of Formby Parish Council members as recorded on the FPC website are set out below. (Comment: In my experience, this is a patchy performance for a Council of this size.)



Full Council


Derek Baxter



Maria Bennett



Roy Broadbent



Dawn Brodie



Denise Dutton

Ceased due to lack of attendance.



Mavis Hearn



Dave Irving



Robert McCann



Siobhan Mulrooney

Newly elected May 2018



Gemma Peace



Bernie Prescott



Tony Price



Frank Stinner



Paul Wiencke



Liz Williams





FPC Attendance Record SnapshotAttendance at Full Council Meetings is by ‘Summons’, in other words, is a legal requirement, non-attendance leads to removal from the Council after a vote.

There are several sub-committees, generally, members are appointed to these at the AGM of the Council, members would normally be expected to attend.

Council members are not restricted in the number of sub-committees they become members of and are entitled to attend others with speaking rights but without a right to vote.

All the minutes of sub-committees can be amended, corrected or rejected in the subsequent full Council meetings. (Model Standing Orders NALC, every Council has to adopt and abide by standing orders).


Formby Parish Council & Little Altcar Neighbourhood Plan

Formby Parish Council and Little Altcar Councils finally publish the Local Neighbourhood Plan.

Neighbourhood Plan Title Page
Formby Parish Council members will consider the final version of the Neighbourhood Plan at their meeting on Tuesday 5 February. The second paragraph of the 91-page document states:

The Formby and Little Altcar Neighbourhood Development Plan, [NDP] has been produced jointly by the Parish Councils of Formby and Little Altcar, starting back in September 2013. The Parish Councils wanted the people of Formby and Little Altcar to have a say in all aspects of the future of the town; addressing the issues surrounding housing, infrastructure, health and wellbeing, the environment, and include natural/heritage assets. However, most importantly, it wanted local people to decide what they wanted in their community.

Observers may very well ask why it's apparently taken 6 years to prepare and at what cost in financial terms and human time. Both Parish Councils are to be renewed in an all-out election this year and there only 2 more meetings before the elections.

Notice of Meeting

All members of the Council are hereby summoned to attend the next Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council, which will be held at Formby Library, Duke Street, Formby, on Tuesday 5 February 2019 at 7pm

Claire Jenkins
Clerk to Formby Parish Council


  • 1.0 To receive Apologies
  • 2.0 To Receive Declarations of Interest
  • 3.0 Public Forum (the meeting will be adjourned for this item)
  • 4.0 Previous Minute
    • 4.1 To consider and approve the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on 8 January 2019.
  • 5.0 Matters of Report from Previous Meeting – for information only
  • 6.0 Planning Applications – (Sefton’s weekly list email, also available on Sefton Council’s website).
  • 6.1 To note current position on Formby Development Sites in Sefton’s Local Plan.
  • 7.0 To discuss and resolve the following:
    • 7.1 To receive the Neighbourhood Plan, Consultation Statement and Basic Conditions Statement and to approve the submission to Sefton Council for the second stage (Regulation 16) consultation.
  • 8.0 To authorise Payments (enclosed)
  • 9.0 Chairman’s Report
  • 10.0 To receive the following reports – enclosed for information only
    • Clerk’s report
    • Environment Group
    • Finance and General Purposes Group minutes
  • 11.0 Date of Next Ordinary Meeting– Tuesday 5 March 2019 to be held in the Meeting Room, Formby Library at 7pm

Members of the press and public are welcome to attend

The final version of the document (dated 30-1-19) is available here: http://www.formbyparishcouncil.org.uk/images/Formby_Plan_-_Final_31.01.19.pdf



Freshfield Level Crossing MP Questions Government Minister

Bill Esterson MP has questioned the Minister for Transport about steps taken to improve the safety of the level crossing at Fishermans Path.

Here is the question and the answer as posted on the They Work For You website (Source: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2018-10-10.177677.h&s=speaker%3A24905#g177677.q0)

Freshfield level crossing safety question

"What assessment he has made of the need for safety improvements at the Fisherman's Path rail crossing in Formby?"


"Level Crossing safety is a matter for Network Rail, as the primary duty-holder for Britain’s railway infrastructure.

Network Rail have assessed Fisherman’s Path rail crossing in Formby and have implemented a number of safety improvements in the last year, including......."


Sefton Council: Formby Chapel Lane Trees update

Sefton Council has published the following statement about the future of the Chapel Lane trees.

Chapel Lane Trees Decision

Formby Chapel Lane Trees update

Sefton Council has agreed to let Formby Parish Council carry out pruning works on two dangerous trees set to be removed in Formby.

Last month Sefton Council wrote to the Parish Council asking for them to agree to a number of conditions that could halt the removal works taking place.

Most of these conditions have now been met regarding the two horse chestnut trees situated outside Cassidy’s and Boots in the village.

Despite an independent report carried out for the Parish Council highlighting how both trees are diseased with bleeding canker and the usual way of dealing with this is by felling the trees, the trees will remain for the time being.

At their own cost, the Parish Council is now planning pruning works in the hope of saving the two trees. Sefton Council will continue to monitor the situation of the two trees as the Council has an ongoing duty as a Highway Authority to ensure that the highway is safe.

Sefton Council had scheduled to remove the two diseased horse chestnuts due to the significant health and safety risk these dying trees pose and before they become structurally unstable.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said:

“While we strongly believe both trees pose too much of a risk giving the impending winter weather, we earmarked them to be removed for the safety of our communities.

“However, after ongoing discussions with Formby Parish Council, they have agreed to a number of conditions where they will carry out maintenance work to mitigate the immediate risk and try and save the trees.

“Our priority is and always will be the safety of residents and visitors to Formby and we will continue to monitor this situation.”

Source: https://mysefton.co.uk/2018/10/08/formby-chapel-lane-trees-update/