Formby – Locals push Bootle Town Hall bosses all the way in attempt to save steet trees

Formby folk are not ones to take decisions they don’t like or think may be wrong on the chin. And things have been hotting up in the village shopping centre in recent times where more beautiful mature trees are in line to be cut down by big brother Sefton Council in Chapel Lane – trees like this one:-

Formby Parish Council were amongst those leading the charge on behalf of angry local Formby folk and they even engaged their own tree expert to see if a more positive solution to keep and preserve the trees could be found.

I’m an environmental campaigner at heart so it’s probably no surprise to anyone that knows me that I see the cutting down of mature trees as a last resort after all other possibilities have been exhausted, especially trees that have been a part of the local street scene for decades.

As I type this posting it seems that all potentially viable options may indeed have been exhausted and sadly Sefton Council plans to remove the elderly street trees in October with Formby Parish Council providing funds for new trees to be planted.

Here’s a link to a page on Formby Parish Council’s web site about the trees:-

www.formbyparishcouncil.org.uk/index.php/latest-news/75-trees-on-chapel-lane

With thanks to Chris for the lead to this story.

Fracking – You help fight it by joining a local crowdfunding scheme

With fracking a really serious possibility in West Lancashire and more precisely in Altcar Civil Parish, which is all but surrounded on 3 sides by Sefton Borough, those opposed to fracking are trying to raise money to fight the planning application which is expected to be submitted any day now to West Lancs Borough Council. The link below explains and via it you can join the crowd funders who oppose fracking locally:-

www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-us-to-save-altcar-moss-from-fracking

The Moss Alliance comprises community groups opposed to fracking in West Lancashire and Sefton. To help them oppose Aurora Energy Resources’ planning application for exploratory drilling and fracking at Altcar Moss near Formby they will need to engage expert consultants. Expert advice does not come free so they need to raise a considerable sum so that the consultants can give them the best chance of defeating Aurora’s first prospective frack site.

This is one of the biggest environmental challenges locally so please help if you can.

Formby – Residents prisoners in their own homes

A Red Squirrel – What could be more symbolic of Formby

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/plan-needed-stop-formby-residents-14630360

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

As a rule of thumb I don’t go to Formby or indeed Southport when the sun is cracking the flags, particularly on Bank Holiday weekends, as I know that traffic chaos is all but a certainty.

Don’t get me wrong I love going to these places but, traffic jams and parking problems are not for me. I could tell what was going on in Formby from where the new Brooms Cross Road crosses Brickwall Lane near Sefton Village some miles south of Formby on the Sunday of the Bank Holiday just gone. The traffic was so heavy around 10am that when the lights changed for me to cycle across Brooms Cross Road I had to peddle between traffic stuck across the junction.

But I’m also not at all sure what can be done to stop this traffic and parking chaos happening again in future, except that the drivers caught up in it may well decide not to repeat the day out sat in their cars in traffic jams.

Formby – Unexploded bombs?

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/fears-unexploded-bombs-could-lie-14569691

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

Quote from the article:- Concerned residents say two unexploded WW2 bombs remain buried under the site – although Redrow says when it commissioned surveys of the site, nothing was found.

Official records state two bombs did in fact fall on Formby in 1941, and that both were abandoned, as opposed to exploded or removed. This was also confirmed by police at the time.

Formby – Can an artificial pitch be dangerous to health?

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/new-3g-football-pitch-divides-14553067

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above.

This story jumped out at me because I had never even considered that artificial pitches could be dangerous in this way. Having said that the School and Formby Parish Council seem happy to put the money in and get on with the construction subject to planning permission.

Maybe an angle to take into consideration and investigate further though as Lydiate Parish Council develops plans for a multi use games area (MUGA) project for its Sandy Lane Playing Field.

Fracking on our doorstep – The opposition is getting organised

I suppose that fracking was always going to appear locally following Government giving out licences to companies wanting to explore for shale gas. Trouble is the wider political establishment is wedded to this source of fuel, which is far from being a green/renewable source of energy.

My previous posting on this subject was in January of this year and it is accessible via the link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2018/01/06/fracking-its-getting-closer-exploratory-drilling-in-great-altcar-is-on-the-agenda/

Opposition locally is being led by ‘The Moss Alliance’ who held a public event in Haskayne Village Hall on 10th February.

On 4th January 2018 Aurora Energy Resources submitted a scoping request to Lancashire County Council. This is the stage before submitting a planning application. They want to dill 2 boreholes on Altcar Moss. The site is more or less level with Formby and to the east of it inland. Please note the site is actually within Lancashire (due to the most odd local government boundaries locally) not Sefton but Formby will be the biggest community that is nearest to the site.

Lancashire already has experience of dealing with shale gas exploration and drilling due to the Cuadrilla site near Blackpool which has had a great deal of coverage in the media.

I understand that Aurora will be holding their own public event, also at Haskayne Village Hall, on 17th February.