Labour MP Bill Esterson arranges meeting to discuss future of Fo

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with Tony Higginson from Formby Books, Ravenmeols Ward Labour Councillor Peter Maguire, Sue Lamberton from Formby Post Office and Formby Parish Councillor Geoff Gaskin.


Formby's Labour MP Bill Esterson is inviting Formby Village businesses to meet up to discuss how the shopping centre can be improved.

The MP has already met with a number of local traders and members of Formby Parish Council to discuss their ideas.

During the meetings, Bill heard about the good work the Parish Council has already started, which has included replacing some of the Village's street furniture.

Bill said he was arranging the meeting for all traders and local businesses to come along, share their ideas and get involved in carrying through some of those ideas.

Bill said: "I have met with a number of the local traders from the Village. They each say they have a number of issues with how the Village is developing and what can be done to improve the shopping centre for the local businesses and for the local community.

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson is shown the new information boards in Formby Village by Formby Parish Councillor Geoff Gaskin."Cllrs Mike Coles and Geoff Gaskin have both informed me about some of the projects that they are planning and some which are already underway, including the installation of the excellent information boards.

"The Parish Council has also recently launched a leaflet for Formby which is being distributed throughout the region to encourage people to come here, visit our tourist spots and to also use our local businesses.

"These are great initiatives which the businesses want to build on. They want to increase the footfall of the Village, attract new businesses to fill in the empty stores and market the town centre. To do that, there are already some great ideas. That is why I am organising this meeting for the businesses in the Village."

Bill said one of the ideas which was mentioned by the traders was the possibility of setting up a traders' action group.

Bill said: "Some of the traders mentioned to me that they would like to see a group set up including the traders and local stakeholders, including representatives of the parish council and borough councillors.

"As they explained, that would be a group that would look after the interests of the local businesses, campaign on their behalf and develop some of the excellent ideas.

"I hope as many traders as possible come to the meeting. They will all be receiving an invite in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, anyone interested in coming along can register by emailing me at bill.esterson.mp@parliament.uk or calling 0151 531 1193."

 

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with Tony Higginson from Formby Books, Ravenmeols Ward Labour Councillor Peter Maguire, Sue Lamberton from Formby Post Office and Formby Parish Councillor Geoff Gaskin.

 

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