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Issue:- SATURDAY 6 June 2015

Will 'Parking' issue in Formby close the remaining businesses?

A warning has been sent out to Sefton as more businesses are set to close in Formby Village and more charity shops are looking at opening.  This comes as Sefton MBC has announced that following a proposal to start charging, 7 days a week, from 8am to 6pm, at Sumner Road, Formby. The local businesses say that this proposal, that is under scrutiny, is just aimed at raising more cash, via the proposed 'Pay and Display' areas are not aimed at helping the local area. Local businesses that are already in danger of closing fear now that the end is very much in site. Already 1 is due to close in the next month and others are now considering closing! "As the death knell tolls this is the nail in the coffin for our once fantastic Village. It is fact that I say the Village is in decline. Just look at the shops closing and the amount of charity shops within it! We don't want to close, but we have no option. The cash is no longer flowing into the tills, it is just flowing out. If true, this is just rubbing salt in an open wound. It is Sefton MBC blatantly looking at the local areas as cash cows with out any thought for the long term. Residents are already being pushed to use the Supermarkets by Sefton, who say:- 'Shop Local' and then force people to so the opposite!"

Please let us know your thoughts about the parking charges that are proposed not just in Formby, but also in other areas where local small businesses are fighting to stay alone, in Churchtown and Blundellsands. The other 2 areas would also operate 7 days a week, from 10am to 5pm, at Churchtown's Botanic Garden, along with Burbo Bank, Blundellsands, that would run from 10am to 5pm. Would the changes in those areas or in Formby affect you? Let us know what you think as well! Email us to:- news24@southportreporter.com. Are we really being forced to:- "pay for the privilege to shop local" with what some say is:- "yet another unfair tax on families and businesses?"

Prevent - Merseyside Inter Faith forum (M.I.F.F)

MERSEYSIDE Police's 'Prevent Team', hosted its 1st Merseyside Inter Faith forum (M.I.F.F) meeting. The aim of the group is to bring together leaders of different faiths to create a support network along with Merseyside Police. The 1st event, held at Merseyside Police's headquarters, brought together 11 leaders from the Muslim community, who have similar roles, to share their experience and positive work that goes on in the community.  The group heard from Dr Usama Munir, from the Imam Trust in St Helens, who gave a presentation on Meet Your Muslim Neighbour (MYMN) and the volunteering work they're doing in the community and giving ideas that can be adopted in other communities. 'Prevent' Sergeant Darren Taylor said:- "This was the 1st event of its kind and there was a great atmosphere and a genuine excitement to be part of something new. In the near future we want to see not only leaders from the same faith get together, but people from all different faiths to create a support network, where we can all come together and equally support each other. We've found that regardless of beliefs we all come across the same issues in the community."  M.I.F.F is always looking for new members; the group aims to meet every 12 weeks and keeps in contact with members with a regular newsletter. For more information or to find out more about M.I.F.F or Prevent contact Darren Taylor at or search #merpolprevent on Twitter.  For more information on 'Prevent' visit:- Merseyside.Police.UK.

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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