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Issue:- 27 September  2012

Farm’s field flooded again

GREENBELT land that the building firm, David Wilson Homes (part of Barratt Developments Ltd) are proposing to build can bee seen clearly this week as part of a flood plain and it often floods as it has this week. When our reporter was out and spotted a local person, who was draining some one’s house and garden, we asked if he would buy a house built on the fields in question, he replied:- “not ....... likely!” The firm must have done their home work on the area, so it raises the question, why are they so keen to get planning permission to build houses and flats on such a wet greenbelt area? They have been reported as having stated that, no matter what the local people think, or want, they will be building on that patch of land. Regretfully, we are still awaiting their comments about the reaction of the local people of Formby regarding the development proposal. Also if you did not read our report about the F.R.A.G.O.F.F. meeting on Friday, 14 September 2012, go to the previous edition  now, to see the report on last weeks issue. The pictures on this edition show the receding waters during Wednesday, 26 September 2012. Email our newsroom with your views on this topic or any other in this weeks issue to:-

The Wirral Star Party 2012 are you going?

THE Liverpool Astronomical Society and the Wirral Ranger Services will be holding another "Wirral Star Party" from 7:00pm, on Saturday, 20 October 2012, at the Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston Visitor Centre, Station Road, Thurstaton, Wirral, CH61 0HN. the event is FREE and also has free Car Parking. To find out more call:- 0151 648 4271 or 0151 220 8718. Directions to Venue can be found via this link. Also did you know that the Liverpool Astronomical Society is now celebrating 131 Years of astronomy on Merseyside? Visit:-  to find out more!

Forest chiefs pledge more cash for new woods on Merseyside

THE Forest Chiefs want to see more woods take root on Merseyside and they are pledging increased grants for landowners willing to branch out. Creating places for people to walk, keep fit and relax is highlighted as a top priority by the Forestry Commission in a revamped grants scheme targeting new woodland creation. Research has shown that nurturing woodlands near to where people live is a key motivator in getting them to be more active and in promoting well-being.

Working with partners, that includes the Mersey Forest; many urban woods have already been planted, but more needs to be
done. The new move will offer significantly higher grant rates for eligible scheme as an incentive to green the land.

Keith Jones, Area Director with the Forestry Commission for the North West, said:- “We’ve done a mapping exercise so we can target our grants better than ever before to meet Government objectives. Better community access to woodlands is a key issue on Merseyside and so it is a priority area for the top level of grant. Greening urban areas can also mitigate the effects of climate change, offer attractive settings for people and businesses and provide a refuge for wildlife.”

Woodlands cover just 3.8% of Merseyside compared to the national average of 8%. The £59m Newlands land regeneration
programme has already had a significant impact creating Bidston Moss Community Woodland and two final schemes are underway with delivery partners at Wirral Waters and the Bromborough landfill site.

Creating more publicly accessible woodlands is one of the national priorities under the revamped English Woodland Creation Grant Scheme. Other top aims include planting trees to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and alleviate the severity of flooding, linking together existing woodland habitats and creating productive woods to support the rural economy. Grants up to £4,800 per hectare are available subject to being within targeted priority geographical zones, delivering against the relevant priority and other eligibility rules.  For more information go to:- or contact:- 01524 565800.

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