Labour MP and Formby Labour Action Team's Peter Maguire and Cllr

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson, Labour Action Team's Peter Maguire and Cllr Catie Page with residents Brian and Doreen Rimmer.


Labour MP Bill Esterson, Ravenmeols Labour Councillor Catie Page and leader of Formby Labour Action Team joined scores of Formby residents who attended a special drop-in session to see plans for a proposed development for Smithy Green last Thursday.
 
The drop-in session, which was held at Royal British Legion, was held to give people the chance to inspect the plans for Smithy Green which if approved will see 18 two-bedroom (three person) flats and 24 three-bedroom (five person) townhouses built on the green.
 
MP Bill Esterson, Cllr Page and Peter Maguire attended the event to speak to residents about the plans.
 
Peter said: "There was a very impressive turn out at the drop-in session from locals who wanted to see more about just what One Vision have planned for Smithy Green.
 
"Throughout the three hour session, people not only had the chance to see the plans but also give feedback to One Vision officers, as well as give their thoughts to our MP Bill Esterson, Cllr Catie Page and I from the Formby Labour Action Team.
 
"We will now ensure that One Vision and Sefton Council's planning department get to hear the residents' feedback."
 
Cllr Catie Page said many residents raised the same concerns about the plans.
 
Cllr Page said: "While there were a small number of residents who were in favour of the development, the overwhelming majority of people had concerns.
 
"The issues raised included concerns about the increase in traffic, a shortage of suitable off-road parking, the loss of the green space and concerns about the introduction of younger families into a primarily older persons' estate.
 
"I'd like to thank everyone who came along and I ensure them that their concerns will be heard and the Formby Labour Action Team will ensure that residents throughout the Smithy Green estate are kept fully informed in relation to this application."
 
Formby's MP Bill Esterson said he is already arranging to pass the residents' feedback on to One Vision chief executive Roy Williams.
 
Bill said: "The many residents that I spoke to at the drop-in session at the Royal British Legion gave some very valid concerns which I am sure One vision will want to address.
 
"With plans for 18 flats and 24 townhouses for the green, most people are concerned that this is a large scale development for a small amount of space, with the subsequent problems that itself brings. 
 
"I am requesting a meeting with Roy Williams from One Vision to discuss the plans and the residents' concerns.
 

"My priority is to ensure that this development is in the interests of this community.

"I want to make sure that the concerns of the people directly affected by these plans are addressed. Any developments planned at Smithy Green must take account of the views of people living there now as well as the need for homes in Formby." 

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