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Issue:- 23 January 2015

Car Park Problems in both Southport and Formby

AGAIN we are hearing of problems about parking in Formby Village and in Southport. We have picked the most talked about issues as it would take a full edition just on parking to cover them all. These are the most common comments as of late:-

1 driver who was frustrated after finding himself blocked in by a parked car with a blue badge, after turning into a one way side road, in Southport, told us:- "Blue badge users should consider others more and not park on junctions. I can't go back as we have others behind me and I can't get past." Do you find this a growing or ongoing problem?

Pay and Display meters are still not taking new coins in Southport! "When will new machines come and the planned txt to park system is anyone's guess?" one reader has emailed us. Should we replace the parking meters or ask for them to be scrapped?

The most complaints though lately have been again from Formby in regards to the car park at the back of Sumner Road, behind Iceland, in the Village Centre. "It is so dangerous, as cars just fly around without looking or spotting that it's a one way system!" was one of them. Another "People just do not go the correct way around. I know Sefton has been talking about it, but why can't we have a few spot checks on it?" Also comments like:- "I have nearly hit people when reversing. Worse still, I have seen people nearly knocked down thanks to some moppet driving the wrong way." That's not forgetting this comment by businesses in Formby:- "Part of the problem with Sumner Road is the lack of good free car parking within the Village Centre. That is killing the Village trade and closing businesses, plus making the roads in and around the village centre very dangerous at times! If you have to stay longer than 2 hours, you have to park on the side roads. That is also causing traffic congestion and added dangers in itself!"

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Tony Schumacher visits Formby Books
Photo by Tony Higginson, owner of Formby Books.

ON Saturday, 17 January 2015 the Liverpool based crime/thriller author Tony Schumacher paid a visit to Formby Books. He has just hit the charts in both the US and UK and looks likely to have a film deal soon, so interest to see him was high! At the visit he met fans and also signed copies of his latest book:- 'The Darkest Hour'. This book is a gripping and fast paced thriller similar to John Le Carre, Philip Kerr and Frederick Forsyth set immediately after the end of WW2, he has like others decided that the Germans won and his hero is a Gestapo investigator, but as Tony is an ex policeman he has worked exceptionally hard to make sure he delivers a fast paced thriller that will stay in your memory for ages... To find out more about this book, why not pick up a copy from Formby Books and also follow on Twitter.

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