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Alleyways project will be ‘huge boost’ for Formby, says MP

Alleyways project will be ‘huge boost’ for Formby, says MP

by Danielle Thompson (July 2021)

A PROJECT designed to rejuvenate the alleyways off Chapel Lane will be a “huge boost to Formby village”, according to the area’s MP.

Formby councillors have agreed to contribute £500 towards the 8 Alleyways Project, which aims to change them from unsightly and anti-social areas to bright, green and artistic spaces with living walls, street art and creative lighting.

Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson has encouraged local residents to contribute to the fundraising efforts if they are able to.

He said: “The 8 Alleyways Project will be a huge boost to the village centre and will help to improve footfall which is what we all want. This is about creating a place which is fun and pleasant to visit and helping local businesses along the way.

“Well done to all the volunteers who are involved in the project including parish councillor Carol Richards. Carol is a tireless volunteer who works so hard for the community as do all the Imagine Formby team. They have my full support. Please do contribute to this project if you can.”

Cllrs Nina Killen and Cllr Catie Page agreed to a £500 contribution from councillor funds and Cllr Killen wrote to the council to ask that they consider pledging further funds from a community grant.

Cllr Killen wrote: “The 8 Alleyways project would be of huge benefit to Formby, making the village centre a much more attractive and pleasant place to spend time.

“ Imagine Formby are a dedicated group of volunteers who have been working tirelessly to improve Formby. They have my full support. The alleyways off Chapel Lane are currently unsightly and this project would make them far more attractive and would create attractive features.

“The project would transform these spaces into safe, light spaces with exciting themes that would increase footfall in the village. I fully support this project and would support any funding that was able to be given toward the project.”

Each alleyway will be designed by the Imagine Formby Arts, Culture & Heritage group, in collaboration with local schools and the Formby Civic Society.

They will be transformed through plants, street art, conservation measures, improved lighting and entrance features, and will all be given new names to create a cohesive theme and identity.

The 8 Alleyways Project is raising funds via Spacehive. They are aiming for £11,060 to complete the project. Find out more at  the website: https://is.gd/88EAf0

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