An alleyway in Formby

A community group in Formby is inviting people to help improve the Village through its ‘8 Alleyways’ initiative. 

ImagineFormby recently surveyed hundreds of local residents as it begins the process of making much-needed changes in the area.

Many people who responded said they wanted to see a positive difference made to Formby’s appearance. 

Among local grot spots now being targeted are the eight alleyways which run between Chapel Lane in the centre of Formby Village and car parks. 

Imagine Formby is seeking imaginative ideas on how these can be transformed into community assets that will help to attract more people back into the Village. 

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ImagineFormby has recently been formalised as a Community Interest Company with Patricia Wordley, Kevin Haygarth and Blair Hilton as directors. Other members include Sean Brady, local film-maker Lynne Harwood and Danish designer Karsten Erikson. 

ImagineFormby Director Patricia Wordley, who owns Woodwards Wine Bar in Formby Village, said: “Imagine Formby Village with safe, green, and artistic alleyways…

“Did you know that there are eight entries connecting car parks with Chapel Lane?

“Some look just plain dull, however several are dark, neglected, and prone to vandalism. The only green to be seen is in the form of weeds!

“One of the top comments that came out of the survey that took place earlier this year was the need to improve the appearance of the village.

“ImagineFormby will transform these alleyways into safe, green, and interesting spaces for the community to enjoy.

“A more attractive village will encourage more trade, so local businesses will benefit too.

“The work is planned to commence in May 2021.

“We are seeking help from people of all ages from the community, particularly our younger members.

“If you would like to be part of this exciting project, please email and help us to #saveyourhighstreet.”

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