Last Friday three members of the Formby Town Team bid core group were invited to make a short presentation to Sefton MBC. They were one of three such groups. After the presentation the Sefton panel of eight decided that they needed to filter any applications for them to approve a final submission. Formby and Crosby were both rejected by Sefton, in favour of one from Southport.
Members of the Core Group have written to the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) seeking urgent clarification about Sefton MBC's action. There is no advice in the application documents that gives a Local Authority the right to filter out applications. These bids are supposed to be community based with the role of the relevant Local Authority confined to that of a 'conduit' for the funds from the DCLG to the Team concerned.
In the meantime the team have decided to proceed with the preparation and submission of the bid. A large number of local retailers, traders and others are expected to show their support tomorrow at a 'drop-in session' at Formby Swimming Pool from 4pm.