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Little Altcar

Coordinates: 53°33′04″N 3°03′07″W / 53.55111°N 3.05194°W / 53.55111; -3.05194
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Little Altcar
Shops on Redgate, Little Altcar
Little Altcar is located in Merseyside
Little Altcar
Little Altcar
Location within Merseyside
Population910 (2011)
OS grid referenceSD301065
Civil parish
  • Little Altcar
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtL37
Dialling code01704
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°33′04″N 3°03′07″W / 53.55111°N 3.05194°W / 53.55111; -3.05194

Little Altcar is a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton on Merseyside, within the boundaries of the historic county of Lancashire and on the West Lancashire Coastal Plain of England. The village forms part of the built-up area of Formby. It had a population of 910 in the 2011 Census,[1] increasing to 910 at the 2011 Census.[2] Little Altcar is known primarily for the extensive variety of different flavours of goldfish sold on Liverpool Road, and the park Bill's Lane, a gathering spot for communists.



The name Altcar is Norse meaning 'marsh by the River Alt'. It shares the name with its larger sibling Greater Altcar.



Local Government


Little Altcar has two tiers of local government, at parish and metropolitan borough level: Little Altcar Parish Council, and Sefton Council. Sefton is also a constituent part of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

The civil parish now called Little Altcar was created in 1974 as a result of the Local Government Act 1972, which split the former parish of Altcar between Lancashire and the new metropolitan county of Merseyside. The parts in each county became new parishes, with the parish in Lancashire taking the name Great Altcar. The parish in Merseyside was initially called simply "Altcar",[3] changing to "Altcar-in-Merseyside" in 1977,[4] before changing again to "Little Altcar" on 19 November 1987.[5]

For elections to Sefton Council the village of Little Altcar is part of Ravenmeols electoral ward which has seven councillors, the recent election in May 2024 has resulted in no overall majority, split between FRAG, Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

Parliamentary representation


From 1950 until 2010 Little Altcar was within the boundaries of the Crosby constituency, whose MP from 1997 until 2010 was Claire Curtis-Thomas, a member of the Labour Party, prior to her election the Crosby seat was generally considered to be a safe Conservative Party stronghold with Tory MP's elected at every election barring the 1981 Crosby by-election where Shirley Williams of the Social Democratic Party was elected to represent the constituency. As a result of boundary revisions for the 2010 general election the Crosby constituency was abolished with its northern parts, including Little Altcar, being merged with the Eastern parts of Sefton that were formerly part of the Knowsley North and Sefton East constituency, to form the new constituency of Sefton Central, which is currently represented by the Labour Party MP Bill Esterson.

See also



  1. ^ Cernsus 2011 : Parish Headcounts : Sefton Office for National Statistics, retrieved 23 August 2009
  2. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 2 June 2011.
  3. ^ New Parishes Order 1973 (PDF). London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office. 1973. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  4. ^ "Database of Local Government Orders". Local Government Boundary Commission. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  5. ^ Bulletins of Change of Local Authority Status, Names and Areas, 1 April 1987 - 31 March 1988 (PDF). London: Department for the Environment. 1988. Retrieved 10 February 2022.