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Formby Point

Discussions have taken place between Sefton Council and the National Trust over the potential land transfer of land in Formby. Sefton Council has just published a formal notice considering the disposal of land to the northern and southern side of Lifeboat Road (Formby Point). In light of this, positive conversations have taken place regarding the transfer of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols from Sefton‚Äôs ownership to The National Trust. If agreed, it would see more than 204 hectares become part of the National Trust Formby portfolio which is home to one of the very best mobile sand dune habitats in the entire UK. The dunes themselves are home to some very rare wildlife including sand lizards, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles and the rare Natterjack toad. The pine woodlands that fringe the coast are also home to rare red squirrels. The land at Lifeboat Road adjoins an area whose significance is reflected by being part of the Sefton Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area for birds. The potential land transfer coincides with 2017 being the Year of Sefton’s Coast and also the 50 year anniversary of the National Trust in Formby.

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, said: “As part of the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership Board, we constantly work with partners to continue to conserve and enhance the natural landscape that forms the Sefton Coast. This is done while managing growing visitor numbers in a sustainable and responsible manner. “Residents and visitors to the borough made strong representation through the consultation process for the Sefton 2030 Vision for their desire to access and enjoy all the benefits the Sefton coast has to offer. The consultation also revealed how people wish to preserve the cultural, historical and ecological assets that are much cherished. “In light of this, discussions are taking place with National Trust with the view of transferring land to them to develop further and secure the future of this fantastic coastline. “We see this as an amazing opportunity where National Trust can improve and invest on this piece of land for the benefit of our communities and the many visitors to our borough.” It is hoped the acquisition of the land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols will enable the National Trust to have a much bigger positive impact in terms of managing the broader landscape for the benefit of people, wildlife and nature.


Rebecca Burton, National Trust Assistant Director of Operations, said: “The Formby Coast is very important both to the people who love it and use it and because of its environmental significance and the wildlife that lives here. “As one of our key neighbours and partners in the management of the coastal area at Formby, we are continually talking to Sefton Council, local people and with our other partners, about the best way to managethis special area for the benefit of both wildlife and people. “2017 marks 50 years since parts of Formby came into the care of the National Trust. This stretch of coastline is of international significance for its sand dunes and is home to rare wildlife including red squirrels and Natterjack toads. “Our aim is to ensure that this special place can continue to be used and enjoyed by future generations, whilst recognising that the coast is a continually evolving and changing environment. “We are excited about the future opportunity to invest in better visitor facilities and access across this area of the Sefton coast, working with local people to help us design our plans. “By working closely with our neighbours, key stakeholders and partner organisations, we will continue to care and protect this special piece of coastline in a way no other organisation can.”

Any objections or representations to the proposed disposal must be made in writing and addressed to Mr David Street, Assets and Property Manager,Sefton Council, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle, L20 3NJ, no later than March 22, 2017.


Skimming Pebbles’ at Formby Library

The next in the series of monthly talks at Formby Library will see local poet, Shirley Tomlinson, reading from her latest book ‚ÄúSkimming Pebbles‚ÄĚ.

Come and enjoy an afternoon with the award winning poet as she reads her poems of warmth and wit and explains what inspires her to write.

The talk starts at 2pm on Tuesday, March 14 and places are free, however booking is essential. To secure a place please phone Formby Library on 01704 874177 or email

For more information about Sefton Libraries, visit

Budget 2017/2018

Due to huge budget savings Sefton Council has to achieve and the spiralling cost of Adult Social Care, Council Tax for 2017/18 will rise by 4.99% for Sefton Council services. The total Council Tax, including Police and Fire services charges, will increase by 4.55%. This evening (March 2) councillors at Bootle Town Hall approved a Council Tax increase in 2017/18 of 1.99% along with a Social Care Council Tax Precept of 3% in 2017/18. This results in an overall increase in Council Tax for Sefton Council services of 4.99% in 2017/18. Due to central Government policy, between 2011-17, Sefton Council has faced a funding gap of £169m. Between 2017-20 a further £64m of savings has been identified to set a balanced budget. This is a total funding gap of £233m. In total, the Council will have lost 51% of Government funding between 2010 and 2020. This is equivalent to £722 from every household in Sefton. Delivering a further £64m savings on top of the £169m achieved to date will have a significant impact on the delivery of Council services. The approved report also explains how the budget setting process links with the Sefton 2030 Vision. It also outlines the four key areas of a new Framework for Change which the Council is now embarking on: Economic Growth, Public Sector Reform (changing how the council does things), Service and Corporate Savings Options and Strategic Investment.

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, said: “By law we have to set a balanced budget and it is with a heavy heart we have opted for a 4.99% Council Tax increase for Sefton Council services for 2017/18.  “This includes the maximum we can raise it specifically for Adult Social Care. But what is deeply disappointing is that the Government knows that Adult Social Care is underfunded and their response is to pass the buck onto local Council Tax payers. “Not only is this unacceptable, it will not even scratch the surface of what this Council needs to care for its older vulnerable people. We will of course continue to prioritise services to vulnerable people but this is getting more and more difficult as cuts get deeper and deeper. “Ultimately we have no option other than to increase our Council Tax. Savage cuts by Government of over 50% means that the only alternative is to make even bigger cuts to other local services. “The average Band C property will go up by about ¬£1.17 a week for Sefton Council services. This small weekly increase in Council Tax is essential for us as the Government has reduced our money by the equivalent of ¬£722 from every household in Sefton between 2010 and 2020. “Our residents told us what matters to them through the Imagine Sefton 2030 consultation and what money we have needs to achieve the best outcomes for all our communities while protecting the most vulnerable. “To put it into context, the ¬£64m we have to save is the equivalent to our total spend each year on safeguarding children, emptying your bins, libraries, getting rid of your rubbish, parks and open spaces and cleaning your streets. Try to imagine losing all of that! “How we operate will have to change and people must understand that we cannot do everything we have done in the past. What money we have needs to achieve the best outcomes for all our communities. “The foundations for the future are now being laid through the drive for economic growth across the whole of the borough. This will lead to the creation of more quality jobs, economic prosperity and potentially new income streams for the council.”

The increase in Council Tax for a Band C property (for Sefton Council services) will rise from £1.217.93 in 2016/17 to £1,278.70 for 2017/18. Including Police and Fire services the rise for a Band C property will be from £1,427.43 in 2016/17 to £1,492.31 in 2017/18. This excludes the amounts charged by Parish Councils for homes in their areas.

Klondyke Letters

Letters are being delivered to homes in the Klondyke area of Sefton informing nearby residents on the progress of the latest housing development.

The letters, signed by Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member Housing and Communities, will drop through letterboxes in Annie Road, Marion Road, Thornton Avenue, Springwell Road, Menai Road, Netherton Road and Monfa Road giving an update on the scheme.

As part of the development, Bellway will provide 142 new homes bringing significant regeneration benefits to Bootle, including greater footfall into local shops and businesses.

Demolition works were completed in October 2015 and the letters explain how legal matters are all now in place and subject to some final details, Bellway will have the opportunity to start on site shortly.

Cllr Trish Hardy, said: “We are very keen to ensure that all residents living in the proximity of the proposed new development are fully informed on the progress that is being made to getting these new homes on site.

“We totally understand residents’ frustrations with the length of time it has taken for work to begin on the site. This is due to a number of legal agreements taking much longer than expected which are now thankfully resolved.

“Once work starts we are confident that this will be another popular location for homebuyers and further information will be made available by Bellway when they are in a position to be in touch directly. We will also give further updates to residents as this exciting housing development progresses.

“One of the main outcomes from the Sefton 2030 Vision consultation was the need for more quality housing across the borough and we believe this development will help fulfil these objectives.”

Sefton Welcomes The Return Of The Open

The clock is ticking as Sefton gets ready to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to the borough for The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale.

Millions of pounds is set to boost the local and regional economy as Sefton hosts the Championship at Royal Birkdale in July, 2017.

More than 200,000 people are expected at the global sporting event at one of the finest links courses in the UK and February 16 marks the 150th day until the practice rounds tee off.

It is the tenth time Royal Birkdale will host The Open and preparations are well underway to welcome sports fans from across the world to Sefton and the wider Liverpool City Region.

Royal Birkdale last hosted The Open in 2008 and¬†the links course forms part of England’s Golf Coast which also includes many other Sefton golfing venues.

Cllr¬†Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council,¬†said: “A lot of work¬†has already taken place as we prepare to welcome the world’s best golfers, thousands of visitors and the many millions more watching on TV to our fabulous borough.

“We want¬†to ensure we use The Open¬†to¬†really boost¬†our¬†local economy, grow employment opportunities and ensure our businesses reap the benefits of hosting one of the largest sporting events in the world.

“This really is an opportunity to put Sefton and the City Region in the global shop window with¬†millions of pounds¬†set to swell¬†the local and regional economy.

“We want the world to see we are very much open¬†for business and for everyone to marvel at all our assets and fantastic coastline which forms part of Royal Birkdale’s famous links course.

“Events like The Open attract enormous volumes of positive profile and we are determined we really tap into this.

“We want 2017 to leave a golfing legacy with as many people as possible from across Sefton getting involved in this wonderful sporting spectacle. It also ties in with¬†2017 being the Year of Sefton’s Coast with us celebrating everything surrounding our unique coastline.

“July 2017 may seem a long way off but it will be here sooner than people think. Let us all really get behind the event and make Sefton proud and the perfect hosts.”

The famous Royal Birkdale course was first established in 1889, but was extensively redesigned in 1922 by Fred Hawtree and JH Taylor to create the current layout, which winds its way through the sand dunes towering over each of the fairways.

Since first hosting The Open in 1954, the course has been (alongside Royal Lytham) the most regular venue for the Championship other than St Andrews. At Birkdale’s first Open, Peter Thomson won the first of three in succession; he returned to the same course in 1965 to add his fifth and final title.

Practice days are from July 16-19 with the Championship running from July 20-23. For ticket information go to or call The Open Ticket office on 01334 460010.

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