Village Improvement Programme update

The second part of the work in the Village was to find ways to continue our programme of improving the appearance of the area and to develop it over a longer term, and in time make it safer for residents and pedestrians. This continues to be a challenge but by gathering ideas from a small project team, we are preparing a working brief for evaluation.

A group of officers and councillors have worked together and as a consequence, a feasibility report will be prepared by Sefton Officers and advisers. The cost of the research is covered by the finance already provided. The work may take up to four years to complete, as funds become available.

The first part of the work will take place at the east end of Chapel Lane, and it is hoped this first stage will be completed in the 2014/15 financial year.

The second and third stages are planned for 2016 through to 2018 and the details will be developed further once the feasibility work has been completed. Formby Parish Council has sufficient funds for this year’s work and has set out a four-year plan to finance the entire proposal from within the parish precept.

This project forms part of the development of the Formby Neighbourhood Plan, as parking, traffic and related matters are high on the list of issues for residents.

Brian Mason has advised us that once the feasibility work has been completed, the civil works can be planned by the autumn of this year, but we will ensure that there is no impact of the various events planned.