Looking for the class of ‘77
ON May 5, 2012, Formby Hall will be hosting a school reunion for those pupils who started at Range High School in 1977 and did their exams in 1982 – 30 years ago!
Teachers are also invited. The event is being organised by Fiona Williams (nee Duckworth) and it promises to be the biggest and best of all the reunions organised to date.
Over the past 30 years, ex-pupils have spread to all corners of the world including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Dubai, Canada, USA and various countries in Europe and it has been no small feat to track them down.
But, using a combination of social networks and the help of a number of pupils, many students have had their invitations and are making plans to visit Formby again, including three from the US – and one is even coming all the way from Melbourne.
But despite every effort some former pupils and staff simply cannot be located.
If you know anyone who was in that year group and would like to come to the reunion, please contact Fiona at email@example.com
It promises to be a fantastic event and we would love to see as many old faces as possible.
THOUSANDS of local residents received letters from Sefton concerning the responses of the public to the council's core strategy consultation exercise.
Sefton Council is required by law to prepare a Development Plan for the borough over the next 15 years, which it calls “the core strategy”. Last summer it held a consultation exercise involving questionnaires and public meetings and has now produced a report on that consultation. More than 10,000 people responded either individually or by signing a petition and their views are surprisingly unanimous.
The overwhelming majority were against any development in the Green Belt.
Responses to questions about urban green space were even more emphatic – 94% of respondents said that there were areas which the council is considering that should be kept free from development.
Given the fact that there are over 6,000 houses currently unoccupied in the region and that the south the borough is so obviously in need of development, it is perhaps not surprising that when asked if there were any possible housing sites in the urban area that the council might have missed, 86% of respondents said “yes”.
The council has now produced a report on the consultation. In the face of such a strong and consistent objection to development in the Green Belt it must be difficult, even for politicians, to press forward. And even more difficult when there is a clear way out – prioritise the many brown field sites ripe for development and bring back long-term vacant homes into use.
Of course it may be easier and more profitable to develop the Green Belt, but once the Green Belt has gone it cannot be reclaimed and the large number of empty properties in Bootle and Central Southport will still be there.
SEFTON Council is cutting services and making people redundant while at the same time the people of the UK, not the Government, are paying £51m to Europe every single day.
This is costing every man woman and child in our country £25 per month.
If just one day’s membership fee was given to Sefton Council, there would be no need for these savage cuts.
The Conservatives, Lib Dems and Labour seem happy with this.
Are you happy?
James A Doyle