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Publication date:- 2017-05-12

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Formby Markets start in the hopes of saving Village businesses

FORMBY Village was bursting with fabulous stalls which lined Brow's Lane, most manned by local businesses. The idea is to hold regular events on Friday's throughout the summer. This, it is hoped, will encourage people to come back into the Village. This new attraction will take place weekly, every Friday, for 5 months, until the end of September 2017.

A spokesperson for Formby Parish Council said:- "We have been very concerned about the decline in visitors to the Village Centre's shopping facilities over the last few years. This is just 1 of the many ways we are trying to improve the ambiance of the Village. We have also upgraded the CCTV system operating in the village to try to make it a safe experience for shoppers and visitors."

Some local businesses said that:- "No matter what 'improvements' are made, the biggest problem is parking. This has been made worse with car park charges being implemented in Sumner Road. As soon at that happened, the decline got faster and faster."

This new Market is based on the markets the village used to hold back in the 1980's and 1990's, but which were stopped by a number of factors, that included issues with Sefton Council.

We have been told that there will be 30 stalls in total, running down Chapel Lane and that there will be no financial charge to the Parish Council, as the market will be run by Sefton Council.

The market will include 1 stall, every week, that will be available for free, which can only be used by a Formby based organisation, school or charitable trust. To apply to use this stall, please contact Formby Parish Council Clerk based in Formby Library, Duke Street on:- 01704 395 955.

Despite the weather, the inaugural Formby Market appeared to go down well. So what do you, our readers think about this idea? Did you attend the 1st event on Friday, 12 May 2017? Email us your thoughts and views to:- News24@SouthportReporter.com.

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