National Trust and Sefton
Council to host special drop in event in Formby
LOCAL people and coastal users are
invited to come along and find out more about the potential transfer of land, at
Formby Point, to the National Trust, at a special drop in event, on Saturday, 18
March 2017, on Lifeboat Road Car Park, from 11am to 3pm.
Staff and volunteers from the National Trust and Sefton Council will be on hand
to talk to residents and users of the coast at Formby and to answer any
questions. Children can get hands on with free activities and coffee and ice
creams will be available for purchase.
The event follows the
that positive discussions have taken place between the National Trust and Sefton
Council over the potential transfer of 204 acres of land at Lifeboat Road and
Ravenmeols. If agreed, this would mean that the dunes and pine forests would
become part of the National Trust's portfolio. 2017 marks 50 years of the
National Trust caring for land at Formby and is also Sefton's Year of the Coast.
The area is of vital importance for its mobile dune habitat and is home to rare
wildlife including sand lizards, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles, Natterjack toads
and red squirrels. It is also much loved and used by local residents and
Joanne Hudson, General Manager for the National Trust in Central and South
Lancashire said:- "We are really excited about the opportunity this
transfer would offer to improve visitor facilities and access along the coast,
working together with local people to shape future plans. We've already been
talking to people over the past year about what they would like to see improved.
So far, we know that they would like more toilets, to buy a cup of coffee and to
continue to visit this special place. Our aim is to ensure that this amazing
stretch of coast will be protected and can continue to be used and enjoyed by
future generations. We hope you will come and talk to us, ask any questions you
may have and tell us what you would like to see happen at Formby Point."
Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, added:- "Positive
discussions have taken place with National Trust with the view of transferring
land to them to develop further and secure the future of this fantastic
coastline. We see this as an amazing opportunity where National Trust can
improve and invest on this piece of land for the benefit of our communities and
the many visitors to our borough. The drop in session is a perfect opportunity
for people to find out more about this exciting development so please come along
and feel free to ask any questions. We really want to hear peoples' views to
help develop this site for future generations."
Residents can also discover what makes this stretch of coast so special on a
series of Spring walks and talks throughout April and May. These will provide a
chance to explore the local wildlife, including learning more about its rare
squirrel and toad residents.
For more information please visit the National Trust's
Any objections or representations to the proposed disposal must be made in
writing and addressed to:-
Mr David Street
Assets and Property Manager
30 Trinity Road
No later than 22 March 2017.
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