Formby Parish Council is a parish-level local authority serving a population of approximately 24,000 people in Formby, Merseyside. It is composed of 15 councillors elected or co-opted to 4-year terms within the wards of Harington (8 Councillors) and Ravenmeols (7 Councillors). The 15 elected Parish Councillors work on a voluntary basis to represent the views and interests of their constituents in Formby. The Parish Council itself is based in the last civic building in Formby, that also houses Formby Library and the Family Wellbeing Centre.
Local authorities were first created by statute in 1894 and our most significant responsibility is to represent the community and serve all elements within it as we try to get the best results for everyone. As a parish council Formby Parish Council is the first tier of local government and the one closest to the people. We also have a responsibility to engage in partnership working with Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council. We work very closely with neighbouring Little Altcar Parish Council and have produced a neighbourhood development plan for the whole of township of Formby which encompasses both Parishes. Details of the Neighbourhood Plan can be found in our Planning section.
Each year the the Council receives a share of the council tax collected by Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council, referred to as a ‘precept’. This money is then used to improve facilities within the town. Council Meetings are usually held at 7.00pm on the first Tuesday of each month, except for August, and are open to members of the public. During the early part of the meeting the Standing Orders are suspended to give people the opportunity to ask questions and raise issues for the Council’s attention. Details of the Council decisions can be found in the agendas and minutes for the full Council meetings.