Formby Parish Council Minutes – 2 February 2021

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Please find below the minutes for the latest Formby Parish Council meeting. A copy of the minutes is available to download at the bottom of the page.


This meeting was held online due to the covid-19 pandemic

Present: Councillors: Bob McCann (Chairman), Colin Appleton, Derek Baxter, Sandra Baxter, Maria Bennett, Dawn Brodie, David Dutton, Dave Irving, Yvonne Irving, Susan McCann, Bernie Prescott, Carol Richards, Joe Riley (from item 92), Mike Weild and Paul Wiencke.

In Attendance: Claire Jenkins (Clerk) and Jill Hendry (Administrative Assistant), 0 member of public

88.0 Apologies for Absence

There were no apologies.

89.0 Members Declaration of Interest

There were no declarations of interest.

90.0 Public Forum

The meeting was adjourned for this item.

There were no members of the public in attendance.

The meeting was reconvened.

91.0 Minutes of the Previous Meeting

It was resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 5 January 2021 were approved as a correct record. As the meeting was held online, the Clerk will arrange for the minutes to be signed.

92.0 Matters of Report from Previous Meeting

92.1 Cllr B McCann reported that the noise report commissioned by the Parish Council has shown that the noise levels from the Liverpool Road Development site has been having a detrimental effect on the residents of 800 houses. The report has been sent to the Environmental Health Department at Sefton Council and online meetings with Environmental Officers has taken place. As a result, Environmental Health have confirmed they will serve a Section 60 notice on the developers formally requiring the developer to operate to specific hours and implement best practicable means to minimise noise and vibration from site activities including piling; this will require the developers to show which piling method will have the least detrimental effect and to provide evidence if they cannot use this method.  Members asked if Formby Parish Council can be reimbursed for cost of the noise report, arguing this should have been done by the contractor at the outset and that we have been asking for months for the contractor to show their methodology and evidence for choosing the “noisiest” piling machinery. The Clerk agreed to write to Environmental Health and ask if there could be any recompense. It was further reported that in addition to a Control of Pollution Act section 60 notice being issued, Environmental Health have agreed to formulate a Sefton Piling Guide that will apply to all future developments in Sefton and will become a condition imposed on planning consents.

93.0 Planning Applications

Members discussed the planning applications on Sefton’s weekly list and noted the following:

93.1 Brackenway Site, further evidence has been submitted to Sefton Council. Residents have received a letter detailing the further consultation period. It was noted that considerable alterations have been made to the previous plan and several issues raised by Formby Parish Council in the submission to the first consultation have not been addressed. It was agreed to consult with our planning advisor to decide how to respond to this new consultation.

93.2 29 Argarmeols Road, erection of 2 x 4-bedroom homes on the site. Members noted the proposed development is out of character with the area.

93.3 30 Liverpool Road, 45 trees have been removed from the garden.  It was noted that the trees were not subject to Tree Preservation Orders.

93.4 82 Freshfield Road, resident issued a warning notice for removing 1 tree at the front of the property with a TPO.

Cllr Irving reported that he has been collecting details of windfall developments (for example when 1 house is demolished and 2 are built there is a windfall of 1). He reported that over the last 6 years 121 windfall houses have been built in Formby. It was noted that Sefton Council do not keep records of windfalls and so do not count these towards the housing numbers for Formby.

94.0 To discuss and approve the following:

94.1 To approve the purchase of a memorial bench for Ian Cowell at a cost of £1,688.00 which includes treatment prior to installation, installation with bronze commemorative plaque and maintenance by Sefton Council as funding allows.

It was resolved to approve the purchase of a memorial bench for Ian Cowell at a cost of £1,6888.00.

94.2 To note the quotes received for the improvement work to the Memorial Garden, which will be funded from the Environment budget – Environment and Finance Minutes refer.

Members discussed the various treatments and plants for the Memorial Garden.

It was resolved to approve the quote from Green Sefton.

94.3 To note the receipt of planning application: DC/2020/02197, which seeks to regularise the activities on the Construction Waste Recycling Plant set up during the first lockdown on designated greenbelt without planning or Environmental Agency permissions.

Members noted the planning application

94.4 To resolve that pursuant to section 1(2) of the Public Bodies (Admission to meetings) Act 1960, because to the confidential nature of the business to be transacted, the press and public leave the meeting during consideration of a confidential report on the Construction Waste Recycling Plant and to determine whether the Parish Council needs to seek professional advice.

It was resolved to seek professional planning/legal advice. Advice will also be sought from HSE and the Environment Agency.

95.0 Payments

  • Employer expenses – £1676.04
  • Office lease, Sefton MBC – £250.00
  • Office phone and broadband, BT – £56.39
  • Noise consultant report and meetings, Noise Consultants Ltd – £1584.00
  • Percy French blue plaque grant, Formby Civic Society – £405.00
  • tree fertiliser, Amazon – £46.99

Total – £4,018.42

It was resolved to make the payments as listed above.

96.0 The following reports were noted (circulated with Agenda)

  • Finance and General Purposes Group Minutes
  • Environment Group Minutes
  • Chairman’s report – there was no Chairman’s report this month.

97.0 Date of Next Meeting:

The next Ordinary Meeting of Formby Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 2 March 2021, 7pm, online. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Log in details can be found on the agenda, which will be published on the website


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