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.

RAF Woodvale

Two recent developments at RAF Woodvale in Formby have caught the eye

Firstly an RAF Roundel has been painted on the main hanger doors and it’s quite impressive:-

Also the static display aircraft by the gates to the airfield has also been renewed. The Jet Provost has now gone, being replaced by a Hawk XX247:-

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting.

Fracking – It’s getting closer – Exploratory drilling in Great Altcar is on the agenda!

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-42584948

The BBC has the news on its web site – see link above

Here are a couple of relevant links to previous postings on this blog site about fracking:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/10/31/lydiate-parish-council-to-oppose-fracking/

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/12/29/fracking-those-who-fight-it-could-well-be-seen-as-a-danger-to-society/

My own view is that the future of energy has to green energy and much greater strides towards it need to be made so making the need for fossil fuels a thing of the past. For example what on earth are we doing building any new houses or indeed industrial buildings or any form of building without them having solar panels/tiles on the roof? Have our political leaders learned nothing about green energy?

By opposing fracking we can force politicians to really embrace green energy, by supporting fracking we simply kick the green energy can further down the road. We need environmental sustainability, end of.