Formby Parish Council Minutes – 5 April 2022

Meetings, Minutes

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.


Present: Councillors: Bob McCann (Chairman), Colin Appleton, Derek Baxter, Sandra Baxter, Maria Bennett, David Irving, Yvonne Irving, Susan McCann, Bernie Prescott, Mike Weild and Paul Wiencke

In Attendance: Claire Jenkins (Clerk) and 1 member of public

117.0 Apologies for Absence

Apologies were received from Cllrs Brodie, Dutton, and Riley.

118.0 Members Declaration of Interest

Cllr D Irving declared an interest in item 123.0.

119.0 Public Forum

The meeting was adjourned for this item.

Cllr Kolassa thanked the Parish Council for showing support to Ukraine and for inviting him to take part in the raising of the Ukraine flags in the Memorial Garden and at Formby Library. Members joined Cllr Kolassa in expressing their enormous thanks to the volunteers from Formby, who travelled to Poland with the items donated by the public for the refugees.  Members discussed how we can help to make families feel welcome when they arrive in Formby, and it was suggested that consideration be given to finding a community hub for Ukraine families to meet. Members briefly discussed twinning with a Ukraine town and agreed to look at this in the future. It was noted that the Head of Communities is Sefton Council’s co-ordinator for refugees coming to Sefton.

The meeting was reconvened.

120.0 Minutes of the Previous Meeting

120.1 Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on 1 March 2022

It was resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 1 March 2022 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

121.0 Matters of Report from Previous Meeting

There were no matters of report.

122.0 Chairman’s Report

The Chairman advised that he and the Clerk had been invited to visit a woodland near Formby Hall that was planted approximately 20 years ago and left untouched. The owners now wish to see this being used by specific groups including scouts, disadvantaged children, rehabilitation groups and so forth. The woods will need some management and an access point to facilitate this, and the owner is in discussion with appropriate agencies and has agreed to keep the Parish Council informed of progress.

It was reported that an attack on a Formby Station member of staff had been published on social media. Members expressed outrage but were pleased to note that police and transport police presence have been increased.

The Chairman reported that he had administered a feed to the trees in the village and has been supporting the Clerk with IT issues.

123.0 Planning Applications

123.1 Phillips Lane former MOT garage. Cllr Baxter has asked planning what measures will be taken regarding any contamination of the land and potential asbestos removal required prior to any development taking place.

123.2 Site adjacent to Formby Football Club. Cllr Baxter has asked for an update from planning in particular regarding potential contamination of the green belt land resulting from the storage of unknown materials, whilst being used as an unauthorised and unregulated waste recycling plant.

123.3 Former Nat West Bank. Cllr Irving reported that he has called-in the reserved matters application for four 2-bedroom apartments due to the parking issues that this will create for the neighbouring roads.

123.4 Former Barclays Bank. It was noted that there is an application for a café/wine bar with an outdoor seating area.

123.5 West Lane development site. It was noted that a few residents have expressed concern about the potential traffic problems with the access to the site via West Lane. Residents are advised to submit objections.

124.0 To discuss and approve the following:

124.1 To discuss the proposal to provide a small grant to groups/residents organising official street parties to celebrate the Queens Jubilee, on a first come first served basis.

Cllr Bennett reported that it would be difficult to organise an event in the village with only a few volunteers. Cllr Bennet outlined an alternative proposal to provide small grant support to groups organising official street parties (registered with Sefton Council). Members discussed the proposal and agreed to review the budget allocation. It was noted that the ringfenced amount of £10,000 would need to be un-ringfenced and an alternative budget allocated. It was agreed to enquire if the Luncheon Club or Churches Together were organising any events for the Jubilee. It was agreed to defer the decision to the next meeting.

125.0 Payments

March 2022

  1. Employer expenses back pay – £319.81
  2. Tree fertiliser, Amazon – £25.49

Total: £345.30

April 2022

  1. Employer expenses – £1590.92
  2. Office lease, Sefton MBC – £250.00
  3. Office phone and broadband, BT – £56.39
  4. Grant to Luncheon Club, Luncheon Club – £1000.00
  5. Road closure for Xmas lights, Sefton MBC – £468.00
  6. NALC annual membership, LALC – £2113.71
  7. Replacement timers and resetting lights, Illumidex UK Ltd – £217.20
  8. Tree planting, Sefton MBC – £4596.00
  9. contribution to street light Buckfast Drive, Sefton MBC – £2000.00
  10. replacement Union Jack flags, B Prescott – £35.96
  11. Ukraine flags, B McCann – £60.10
  12. Domain renewal, Krystal Hosting UK – £96.00

Total: £12484.28

It was resolved to make the payments as listed above.

126.0 The following reports were noted (circulated with Agenda)

  • Finance and General Purposes Group minutes
  • Environment Group minutes

127.0 Date of Next Meeting:

The Annual Meeting of Formby Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 3 May 2022, 7pm, at Formby Library, Duke Street, Formby.


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