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Land At Formby Point

Sefton Council is seeking formal approval to transfer land at Formby Point to the National Trust.

In March 2017, Sefton Council announced discussions had taken place regarding the potential transfer of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols from Sefton’s ownership to The National Trust.

A public notice to dispose of the land was then issued which asked for comments regarding this.

From the correspondence received, there was over-whelming support for the transfer of land to the National Trust. A petition was received with 69 names in favour of the transfer along with 7 separate written responses – 3 supportive and 4 not in favour.

Following further discussions with National Trust, a report is now going to Cabinet on May 25 recommending approval to transfer land at Formby Point to the National Trust.

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 UK.

Sarah Kemp, Executive Director at Sefton Council, said: “The feedback received over the potential transfer of land in Formby to the National Trust was very supportive and gives extra support for this proposal.

“We are now in a position to recommend the transfer of the land to the National Trust for them to develop a richer visitor experience with local communities and secure the future of this extraordinary coastline. 

“We have said all along that we believe the land transfer will enable the National Trust to make a significant contribution to the outcomes of the Sefton 2030 Vision. It will also enable a positive impact in terms of managing the broader landscape for the benefit of people, the local economy, natural wildlife and the environment.”

squirrelThe dunes themselves are home to rare wildlife including sand lizards, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles and the rare Natterjack toad. The pine woodlands that fringe the coast provide a wonderful habitat to rare and much loved red squirrels.

The significance of the land at Lifeboat Road recreation area and Ravenmeols has been recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area.

Rebecca Burton, National Trust Assistant Director of Operations, said: “Our discussions with Sefton have been progressing very well and we are really encouraged by the positive feedback received to the public notice about the potential land transfer.

“We appreciate just how important the Formby Coast is to the people who love it and use it and for the rare wildlife that makes its home here. We look forward to the Cabinet decision and the opportunity that the transfer would offer for the Trust to invest in better visitor facilities and access for the benefit of people who enjoy this special place.

“Our aim is to continue to ensure that Formby Point can continue to be used and enjoyed by future generations. We want to continue caring for and protecting this special piece of coastline, working closely with our neighbours, key stakeholders and partners to shape our plans.”

The land transfer would coincide with 2017 being the Year of Sefton’s Coast and also the 50 year anniversary of the National Trust in Formby.

Love My Beach- Get your Feet Wet

When was the last time you visited the British seaside? Research shows that over 50% of adults haven’t been near the coast in the last year! And with the North West’s beaches and the seas at their cleanest in 20 years there’s no reason not to!

That’s why, this May Bank Holiday weekend, the LOVEmyBEACH campaign is calling for residents and visitors to get their feet wet and head to the coast!

A trip to the seaside is a good value for money day out which appeals to all generations. In Sefton there are a number of recommended beaches which are all safe to enjoy. These include, Ainsdale, Crosby, Formby& Southport.

You can find out more about these beaches including facilities, upcoming events and how to help keep the beaches clean at www.lovemybeach.org

Whether you chose to walk the dog, build a sandcastle or go for a paddle please share your photos and ‘foosies’ (the selfie for your feet!) using the hashtag #getyourfeetwet.

Also this year is Sefton Years of the Coast! There is a website which is dedicated to the Coast, Please click here to visit it.  

 

 

Update on measures to protect poultry against avian flu

Prevention zone and poultry gatherings ban to be lifted in England on 15 May, with localised measures in Lancashire, Cumbria and Merseyside.

New ‘Include-IT Mersey’ project aims to get people online

Include-IT Mersey is a new project, jointly funded by the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund as part of its 2014-2020 Building Better Opportunities Programme.  The project will provide a personalised package of support to digitally excluded residents of the Liverpool City Region that are out of work to help improve their IT and online skills, confidence in using and practical access to digital technologies and, ultimately, support them towards and into employment.

The project will be delivered by a partnership of 23* not-for-profit and public sector partners spanning the six boroughs of Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, Halton and Wirral, with specific target areas in each borough.

Led by Sefton CVS, in collaboration with VOLA Consortium members, local Housing Associations and Local Authorities, this innovative multi-agency partnership is founded on partners that really care about their local communities.  It will ensure that those in need of support to help develop their IT skills, access to online services and digital technologies will receive the best possible service, whatever their starting point.  In addition to IT skills development, assistance will include employability and personal skills development to support people into or closer to employment.

Angela White, Chief Executive of Sefton CVS said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded this funding and it is an honour to be leading such an innovative partnership, spanning the voluntary, public and social housing sectors.  The online agenda is increasingly prevalent in people’s every day lives and can present an additional barrier to those people that are not online, not just in terms of their employment prospects and access to job opportunities, but in their private and social lives too. Developing IT skills and getting online can open up a whole new world to people in many different ways!  We very much look forward to working with our partners to offer this vital service to across the city region and to make a real difference to local people and communities”.   

The project is currently being set up and hopes to start being able to offer services to people from May 2017, and more details will be announced in the coming weeks. For those already online, you can find out more and sign up to receive updates at www.includeitmersey.org.uk.

Gardner Avenue Allotments

Sefton Council can confirm it has no plans to permit a developer to build houses on Gardner Avenue allotments in Bootle. 

An adjoining landowner contacted the Council expressing an interest in a wider scheme to potentially develop the allotment land with the provision of new allotments near by.

Sefton Council has a duty to consider any expressions of interest developers wish to make but having viewed the early proposals, we can confirm we will not be taking this any further.

Gardener Ave is a ‘statutory allotment’ as defined under the Allotments Act 1922 and is one of Sefton Council’s 14 allotment sites.

Allotment owners and the potential developer will be notified directly about this.

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