Projects have included significant investment in CCTV coverage for the Village community. The Council has also supported a Police bike marking scheme, endorsed HomeWatch, was an inaugural member of the BeachSafe cross-partnership initiative and has also been instrumental in developing the ShopWatch project.
Residents and visitors will recall seeing advertising signs appearing on the roundabout in Chapel Lane. Agreement has been reached with Sefton Council that they will not be installed in future. Work can now begin by our team to clear and replant the roundabout in time for the Remembrance Day services on the 9th November 2014. The remainder of the autumn/winter programme has been confirmed.
Repairs to the war memorial have been carried out in the summer including the re-lettering of all the fallen. A new base plinth has been ordered and should be in place on the 9th.
Improvements to the Memorial Garden were also planned and undertaken, whilst monies from the Community Fund have been used to support faith groups, sport and youth activities plus the installation of Christmas Lights.
In addition two new community boards and three new notice boards were also established at key points in the Village.
New street furniture, bollards, barriers, planters and bike racks have also been introduced.
Following Neighbourhood in Bloom award successes in 2009 and 2010 the Council supported the purchase of plants and maintenance equipment to augment the work of volunteers.
This is in additon to undertaking general landscaping, tree replacements and treatment works e.g. the picture below of the Harington Road shops shows the border that was created last summar to enhance the shopping area.
The Parish has endeavoured to promote the safety and well-being of pedestrians by implementing a number of parking/traffic calming measures e.g. around Chapel Lane that included improvements to its apprearance. Cross Green has also been revamped.
The Parish Council has supported the River Alt flood plain management programme that has involved regular consltations with the Environment Agency. It has continued to support the maintenance of Hogs Hill Beck and public footpath maintenance and clearance. In terms of waste management it has helped raise the amount of recycling to over 60%. Other initiatives supporting a number of energy saving projects in conjunction with the Energy Saving Trust, United Utilities, eON and nPower (including the Library Energy Saving Scheme). The Parish Council contnues to promote coastal initiatives and has supported a number of local measures e.g. such as School initiatives aimed at reducing car use. The Parish has also fully participated in the review and appearance of Formby/Freshfield stations, supported designated bus circle and pick up points for taxis and developed a road maintenance programme with set, planned priorities