Formby Parish Council Minutes – 7 June 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, Dawn Brodie, David Dutton, David Irving, Yvonne Irving, Bernie Prescott, Carol Richards, Joe Riley, Mike Weild and Paul Wiencke.

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

17.0 Apologies for Absence

Apologies were received from Cllr S McCann.

18.0 Members Declaration of Interest

18.1 Cllrs Riley, Richards and D. Irving declared an interest in planning item 23.3.

18.2 Cllrs Bennett and Brodie declared an interest in item 24.7 and left the room for this item.

19.0 Public Forum

The meeting was adjourned for this item.

A member of the public congratulated Formby Parish Council on the jubilee celebration held in the new park at Lonsdale Road. He reported that several Ukraine refugee families have settled in our community and Sefton MBC have appointed a co-ordinator for the refugees. It was noted that Formby Pool are hosting a weekly coffee morning for the refugees. And in Blundell Sands there is a centre were clothes, bedding, and toys etc can be donated for the refugees.

The resident asked Cllrs to consider including Little Altcar on the proposed Welcome sign, which will be in Little Altcar. It was reported that Little Altcar predates Formby and is included in the Doomsday book.

The meeting was reconvened.

20.0 Minutes of the Previous Meeting

20.1 Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on 3 May 2022

It was resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 3 May 2022 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

21.0 Matters of Report from Previous Meeting

There were no matters of report.

22.0 Chairman’s Report

Cllr B McCann reported that he has attended meetings with Sefton Neighbourhoods Officer, Police, Merseyrail, Sefton Trees and Street Lights officers during the past month.

23.0 Planning Applications

23.1 It was reported that Chapel Lane surgery is proposing to amalgamate with The Hollies surgery for administrative purposes. There are 8,000 patients at Chapel Lane and 4,000 patients at The Hollies. Members commented that it is becoming increasingly difficult to get doctors’ appointments and that this should be a consideration by Sefton Planning Committee. There is an information session which patients are invited to attend on Thursday 9th June 2022 at 7.30pm at the Gild Hall, Church Road, Formby.

23.2 Application for Green Lane to erect a car park in front of dwelling.

23.3 Application for reserved matters at land at Brackenway – this application is now called “Old Lane” and is not linked to the previous outline planning application on Sefton’s website. Members agreed to consult with AECOM to ask them to review the application and advise if the questions raised during the last consultation have been adequately addressed.

24.0 To discuss and approve the following:

24.1 To discuss the draft lease for land at the former Holy Trinity School.

Members discussed the draft lease and noted that the lease includes a deed of grant allowing Formby Little Theatre vehicle access for a specific purpose. The Clerk reported that Sefton Corporate Legal Services have confirmed that use by the Little Theatre for outdoor performances would be allowed under the terms of the lease. Thanks were expressed to Cllr D Irving for all his hard work in helping to bring this new park to the village centre.

24.2 To approve fees payable to SMBC surveyor and legal costs of £350.

The Clerk reported that fees were payable to Sefton Council on completion of the lease for land at the former Holy Trinity School.

It was resolved to approve the fees and pay the legal costs of £350.

24.3 To approve for the lease for land at the former Holy Trinity School to be signed

It was resolved to approve for the lease for land at the former Holy Trinity School to be signed as per Standing Order no.23 “Execution and Signing of Legal Deeds”

24.4 To discuss and approve the wording of the proposed “Welcome” signs.

Cllr Appleton reported that he had initiated the project at a Formby Parish Council meeting asking for “Welcome to Formby” signs at the northern and southern end of Formby. Subsequently, Little Altcar asked if they can be represented on the sign which would be in Little Altcar parish boundary. A logo for Little Altcar was developed based on the badge on the old Little Altcar notice board.

A lengthy debate followed. It was noted that highways have stipulated the size of the sign and that including “and Little Altcar” may increase the size of the sign by more than the required measurements so that Little Altcar may need to be is smaller lettering size. It was agreed that the Clerk should liaise with highways.

It was resolved to approve the wording of the sign at the southern end of Formby to read “Welcome to Formby and Little Altcar” and if sufficient space allows to read “please drive carefully” and include the two parish council logos.

24.5 To note the instruction to Sefton Arc to repair the CCTV on Phillips Lane.

Cllrs noted the instruction. The CCTV is now back with the engineers at Sefton Arc.

24.6 To note the additional cost of £815 for the re-composting of the planters in the village.

Cllrs noted the additional cost of £815.

24.7 To approve a community fund application for £2,000 to provide a tent for the children’s cooking activity which is a free educational event at the Formby Festival, run by a CIC not for profit group of volunteers.

The Chair raised concerns about the amount of the request pointing out that it was not the norm to grant such a large figure. Following a discussion, it was agreed, on this occasion, to approve the community fund application for £2,000 to provide a tent for the children’s cooking activity.

It was resolved to approve the community fund application for £2,000 to provide a tent for the children’s cooking activity at the Formby Festival.

25.0 Payments

  1. Employer expenses – £1497.28
  2. Office lease, Sefton MBC – £250.00
  3. Office phone and broadband, BT – £60.41
  4. Jubilee rosettes – £50.00
  5. Replacement nuts and bolts for flagpole, Accu Limited – £17.30
  6. Jubilee bunting, Illumidex UK Ltd – £2,820.00
  7. Jubilee posters, Where The Trade Buys – £26.99
  8. Jubilee posters, The Queens Platinum Jubilee – £68.00
  9. Stamps – £11.40

Total £4,801.38

It was resolved to make the payments as listed above.

26.0 The following reports were noted (circulated with Agenda)

  • Finance and General Purposes Group minutes
  • Environment Group minutes

27.0 Date of Next Meeting:

The next Ordinary meeting of Formby Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 5 July 2022, 7pm, at Formby Library, Duke Street, Formby.


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