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Residents Share Aspirations for Future of Formby Coast

Residents joined National Trust staff and volunteers at the Gild Hall in Formby on Monday 17 July to share their thoughts and aspirations for the future of the Formby Coast.

The Open Day explored ideas for how this special place can best be cared for and benefit both the people who love it and the wildlife that makes its homes here. The event came as the National Trust continues positive conversations with Sefton Council about the potential transfer of 204 hectares of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols into its care.

Over 150 people joined in conversations with Trust staff and volunteers during the Open Day and the preceding Formby Festival. Workshops also ran on a range of topics. Views were sought on everything from what people would like Formby Point to look like in 50 years time and the threat posed by coastal erosion, to how to tackle the challenges of parking on busy days and improve nature conservation for rare wildlife including Natterjack Toads and Red Squirrels. Many suggestions were made for solutions to these challenges and areas for the Trust to consider as it moves forward with developing future plans.

Joanne Hudson, General Manager for the National Trust, commented:

“We were really pleased by the number of people who attended to share their thoughts, aspirations and concerns about how we manage this special place for the benefit of future generations. We are committed to continuing to work closely with the community to enhance Formby Point and to tackle the challenges facing this dynamic and constantly evolving landscape. We have also held separate stakeholder meetings to talk to individuals and groups representing all aspects of the local community and businesses. The insight gathered at these events will help shape our thinking at Formby and we will be holding similar events in coming months as our plans shape up.”


In addition to the Open Day and stakeholder meetings, the National Trust has also established a Community Involvement Panel. This working group includes a cross-section of local people whose role is to represent the local community. The Panel will play an important role in ensuring that the voice of the community is heard throughout the development of any future plans for the coast.

Future public opportunities for residents to get involved in shaping plans for Formby will be announced via the media, on the National Trust’s social media sites and online at

A Great Little Place Becomes Part of The Atkinson Family

The Award-winning social enterprise A Great Little Place is opening a new café in The Atkinson.

From September A Great Little Place, run by Autism Initiatives, will take pride of place in its new home in the Lord Street venue that welcomes 500,000 visitors a year to its Museum, Galleries, Library, Theatre and Shop.

For The Atkinson it will mean working with an established local brand that is known for its high quality and value for money. We are able to work with A Great Little Place to maximise the programme with pre-show meals, themed events, festival food and more.

The two organisations have shared values and vision. They will be an extension of The Atkinson family and together we will be able to provide the best in quality to visitors.

Sue Yarnell, Manager of A Great Little Place said:


We’ve steadily been growing our reputation and customers from our first café in 2010, so moving to such a central and historic location is a fantastic development. It will provide even more opportunities for the people with autism we support in work placements.”

Emma Anderson, Director The Atkinson said: This is a really exciting partnership between two organisations who have a track record in working to improve lives in Sefton. A Great Little Place has a fantastic reputation and we are delighted to have them as part of our offer. They will be a massive asset to our visitors and will mean we can offer the very best food and beverage experience for day visitors, as well as increasing our capacity for pre-show meals and corporate events.”


This partnership is about more than just a café – its also about working together to improve the lives of people with autism and their families and by having the organisations together , new opportunities for training, work experience and training are going to be explored.

A Great Little Place will relinquish its lease on Houghton Street and staff will be relocated to the new town centre venue.

On Saturday 30 September at a special Coast themed Family Fun Day the actor, writer and producer Henry Normal (The Atkinson’s new patron) will officially open the cafe and the new Museum corridor that brings the story of the coast and all its creatures to life. 

Keep an eye out in local press and online at  or  for more information on the new partnership and the opening event

Lost Medication- Marina Park, Waterloo

Merseyside Police is appealing for the public to be cautious after medication was lost in the Waterloo area today, Tuesday 18 July.
It is believed that the medication was lost in the Marina Park area during Monday 17 July.

The medication is believed to comprise of 3 x 28 5mg Diazepam tablets. These tablets should not be taken under any circumstances unless prescribed.

Officers are warning that people that take any medication which has not been prescribed can be very dangerous and, in some circumstances fatal.

Anyone who finds the medication should immediately hand it into any pharmacy or police station or call officers on the 101 number.

Merseyflow tolling – you can register now

From today you can register for the merseyflow tolling system that will operate on the new Mersey Gateway and Silver Jubilee bridges.

There are a number of ways to register, with the website –

Here’s how to register:

There are a range of sign up methods available, but registering on the merseyflow website – – will be the fastest method

Learn how to ‘Ditch Those Stabilisers’

The ever popular free sessions helping children to cycle safely is returning on a number of dates during the Summer holidays.

‘Ditch Those Stabilisers’ are aimed at children aged four and above to enable them ride a bike unaided.

The events have a very high success rate and staff from the Council’s highway safety team will offer a range of practical support to young riders and their parents. 

Parents of youngsters that have taken part in previous sessions have said: “Thank you to you and your team for this morning’s cycling session. It was brilliantly run and the positive attitude and enthusiasm of you and your team was evident from the start. Great tips, great advice, and great results.” KW

“We have absolutely loved the session today and both Dylan and us have learnt the skills to carry this on and enjoy cycling together as a family. Thank you so much!” SN

Sessions will take place from 9am to 12pm on Tuesday 1st and Tuesday 22nd August at Litherland Sports Park Boundary Lane, Litherland L21 7LA, as well as Thursday 10th and Thursday 31st August at Shoreside Primary School Westminster Drive, Ainsdale PR8 2QZ.

Pre-booking is essential and you can register a place by calling Sefton Council on 0345 140 0845.

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