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.
The Parish Council was one of the delegates involved in the Merseyside Waste Disposal Group, which set out the objectives for Merseyside four years ago. The programme is well underway now and we have seen in Formby the most recent changes, the introduction of brown bins for the collection of plastic bottles and cardboard. It is a significant step in improving our recycling levels again.
Good progress is being made on the Elbow Lane design concepts. The aim is to improve the appearance of the junction of Elbow Lane with Brows Lane and the Formby Pool to increase footfall in that area. A key advantage for landlords is that this should make the shops more attactive to potential would be business tenants.
The Parish Council has been instrumental in helping to make the Village more pedestrian friendly e.g. through the use of planters, bollards and barriers, and wants to continue to build on the progress made to-date in order maintain the vibrancy of the centre and its surrounds.