Formby Parish Council Minutes – 5 November 2019

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Please find below the minutes for the latest Formby Parish Council meeting. A copy can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.



Councillors: Bob McCann (Chairman), Colin Appleton, Derek Baxter, Sandra Baxter, Maria Bennett, Dawn Brodie, Dave Irving, Yvonne Irving, Susan McCann, Carol Richards, Joe Riley and Paul Wiencke.

In Attendance:

Claire Jenkins (Clerk) and 2 members of public.

58.0 Apologies for Absence

There were apologies received from Cllrs Dutton, Prescott and Wield.

59.0 Members Declaration of Interest

Cllr Richards declared an interest in agenda item 7.2 (minute 64.2).

60.0 Public Forum

The meeting was adjourned for this item.

60.1 2 Two Police Officers attended to discuss the issue raised by Cllrs of anti-social behaviour. There were reports of youths causing damage and using intimidating behaviour. It was reported that there has been a core group of youths involved in anti-social behaviour from 5th October onwards throwing bricks and fireworks at people and property and using other youths to provide cover through gang type behaviour. The Police officers reported that there were dispersal zones put in place over specific nights and youths were stopped and details taken. The Police are working with the local schools to identify the other youths involved and will take appropriate action. Members agreed that the Parish Council would co-ordinate with the Police in sending out letters or information leaflets to parents.

The meeting was reconvened.

61.0 Minutes of the Previous Meeting

It was resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 1 October 2019 were approved as a correct record, subject to the renumbering of items 45-47 which should read 55-57. The minutes were signed by the Chairman.

62.0 Matters of Report from Previous Meeting

Minute 50.1 Cllr Bennett reported that she has been liaising with Sefton MBC regarding the flooding issues identified by residents at the last meeting.

63.0 Planning Applications

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

63.1 Applications for first floor flats on Chapel Lane and Chapel Ally – members expressed concern about the lack of parking spaces and noted that this would not be in keeping with the policies in the Neighbourhood Plan.

63.2 Cllr D Baxter reported on the Aurora fracking application and members noted that Lancashire County Council have served a section 25 notice to Aurora requesting further information on bird habitats in Autumn, Winter and Spring and highways information. The application is due to be heard on 27 November, but this is expected to be deferred. It was reported that the ban from central government only applies to new applications and as this is an existing application it will still go to the planning committee for a decision.

64.0 To discuss and approve the following:

64.1 To discuss the V.E. celebrations on Friday 8 May 2020.

The following Cllrs volunteered to form a multi organisation working group to organise this event: Cllrs S. Baxter, D. Irving, Richards, Bennett, Brodie and Riley. It is expected that Formby Civic Society, Formby Business Partnership, Cadets and Schools may wish to be involved.

64.2 To note the Planning Inspectorate Decision dated 14 October 2019 advising that Sefton MBC have 12 months from this date to formally consider the application for the modification to the rights of way map submitted by the Parish Council.

Cllrs noted the Planning Inspectorate Decision notice.

64.3 To approve purchase of “no cold calling” signs at a cost of £100 per 2000 signs.

Cllr Bennett reported that she had been approached by several elderly residents regarding cold callers and discussed the purchase of “no cold calling” signs. Members discussed the proposal and agreed that the signs could be made available in the library for residents to collect and that if more than 2000 were needed a second order should be made.

It was resolved to approve the purchase of the “no cold calling” signs with a budget up to £200.

64.4 To note the result of the Referendum: 86% in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan with a turnout of 16%.

Cllrs noted the referendum results.

64.5 To approve a sum of £1,500 to replace 3 trees in the village centre (if required – see 5.1 Environment minutes).

Cllrs expressed a preference for having larger trees pits and larger trees. It was noted that the trees planted outside the Riva Lounge have very small tree pits and Cllrs questioned how well these trees will thrive.

It was resolved to approve the cost of £1,500 on the provisos that the Parish Council can be involved in specifying the type and size of trees and tree pits.

65.0 Payments

Employment expenses 1639.80
phone and broadband 58.80
Office lease 250.00
Microsoft subscription 79.99
wood oil 134.04
contribution direction signs 309.80
wreath 18.50
advertisement 962.40
tree nutrients 45.90
Total 3499.23

It was resolved to make the payments as listed above.

66.0 Chairman’s Report

The Chairman reported that he had met with the new Chairman of Formby Business Partnership and that they were discussing the display for the Christmas lights and the suggestions previously made by the Parish Council for improvements.

Cllr McCann reported that Mersey Forest would like to plant trees and are looking for sites – if anyone knows of any areas (not highways) then please put them forward.

67.0 The following reports were noted (circulated with Agenda)

  • Clerk’s Report – members noted the arrangements for Remembrance Sunday and Monday 11th November.
  • Environment Minutes
  • Finance and General Purposes Group Minutes

68.0 Date of Next Meeting:

The next Ordinary Meeting of Formby Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 3 December 2019, 7pm, Formby Library, Duke Street, Formby.