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Issue:- 10 April 2014

Formby Residents Action Group Sefton's newest Political Party!

FORMBY Residents' Action Group FRAG have become one of the newest political parties in the country as they received notification from the Electoral Commission that their application has been authorised.

FRAG was formed by committee members of FRAGOFF in order to give local residents a choice at this year's Council elections and the opportunity to register their concerns about Sefton Council's plans to build a another 1,000 homes in Formby, most of them on green belt land, if their proposed Draft Local Plan is ratified sometime next year.

Maria Bennett, Chair of FRAGOFF, will be standing in Ravenmeols ward and, if elected, will use her position to challenge the local plan and fight for a better deal for residents of Formby. Derek Baxter FRAGOFF Committee Member said:- "if you like FRAGOFF then vote FRAG in."

He continued, "We are completely independent, having no ties to any party, and have supporters of all political persuasions. All we ask is that the electorate change their usual voting habits this time, and send a message to the Council they cannot ignore. If elected FRAG will put residents and the local community first, acting in their interests and representing their wishes to the best of our ability. We will not have our hands tied by belonging to any of the national political parties."

THE FRAG party will be out on the streets of Formby campaigning in the run up to polling day on 22 May 2014.

Merseyside children told to steer clear of the tracks this Easter!

THE Easter school holidays have arrived and with them come lighter nights and long days for children; which seem to draw youngsters to the railway. British Transport Police is warning all children to be aware of the dangers posed by the railway and to stay away from the tracks. Historically, the school holidays have often seen an upturn in incidents of children trespassing and causing trouble on the railway.

Chief Inspector Malcolm McKinnon said:- "For some reason children seem to be drawn to the railway and, when they are there, seem oblivious to the potential dangers. Sadly, time after time, we receive reports of youngsters trespassing on the railway, whether to take a shortcut or just out of curiosity. Whatever the reason, the potential for serious harm remains; both from the electric current which runs through the rails and overhead lines and the trains themselves; and in Merseyside we have seen the tragic consequences with a number of incidents in which young people have lost their lives."

This year BTP wants the school holidays to be fun for all; and to pass without incident on the railway.

CI McKinnon said:- "We have done a lot of work in schools educating youngsters about the danger posed by the railway and want all parents to lend a hand. We work hard to keep children away from the railway, but we need help in making sure the message reaches the right people. In the meantime officers will be out and about across the network, working to tackle crime and to keep youngsters away from the tracks."

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