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News Report Page 7 of 11
Publication Date:-
2021-03-07
 
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Southport Pleasureland owner Norman Wallis comments on the ₤37.5 Town Deal that will ensure Town's future success

THE owner of Southport Pleasureland, Norman Wallis, who us part of the Town Deal board that has successfully applied for a multi million pound Government investment through the Budget has said that the funds will be Mr Wallis, who is the CEO of Universal Rides Limited, has exciting plans for his park. He is aiming to transform Southport Pleasureland into an all weather, all year round attraction that will attract millions of additional visitors into Southport each year. He believes the successful Town Deal funding will provide a huge boost to the whole resort helping to create new jobs and attract further private investment.

Mr Wallis said:- "This is absolutely fabulous news for Southport and is the catalyst needed to help ensure the future success of our wonderful town for many generations to come. I was very pleased to have been part of the Town Deal Board, and for Southport Pleasureland to have played a major part in this successful bid. The whole board worked as a cohesive unit to deliver the submission. Local MP Damien Moore's contribution has certainly helped to gain this wonderful achievement for the town of Southport. All too often Sefton Council are criticised for what they could or should have done, but this is a marvellous example of how they have pulled the team and the bid together to get this fantastic result for Southport, in particular Stephen Watson and Stuart Barnes whose tireless contributions helped ensure the success of this project."

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced the sum for Southport after backing the Town's impressive Town Deal submission for funding. Details of exactly how the money will now be spent will be revealed over the course of 2021.

Central to the bid was a new waterside events centre after Southport Theatre and Convention Centre closed in April 2020, along with other schemes including:- a new light and water show in the Marine Lake and new incubator and co-working space for businesses.

Southport MP Damien Moore said:- "This funding is an opportunity to present a vision not only of what we want for Southport now, but where we want to be in the future. This has always been my goal, to deliver a locally driven, joined up package for Southport. I have repeatedly made the case for sustained investment in our town, both to Sefton Council and to central Government; investment attached to a long term vision. That case was made much easier by the creation of the Southport Town board, without which this bid would not have been possible, and a Conservative MP working with a Conservative Government."
 


₤37.5m Town Deal investment shows Southport is a great place to invest and do business!

SOUTHPORT BID's CEO Rachel Fitzgerald has welcomed the announcement of ₤37.5million Town Deal funding for Southport. The BID had a place on the Town Deal Board which submitted multi million pound proposals for investment in Southport to the Government. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has announced a total of ₤1billion in Town Deal funding for a total of 45 UK Towns through the Towns Fund, including Southport. Central to Southport's successful bid was the creation of a new waterside events centre, after Southport Theatre and Convention Centre closed in March last year when the operator entered liquidation.

Also included are exciting plans for a new light and water show on the Marine Lake; incubator and start up space for local businesses; and public realm improvements.

Advance funding through the Southport Town Deal has already seen ₤100,000 being invested in the Southport BID initiative to provide lighting along Lord Street, which is now nearing completion.

A further ₤900,000 in Town Deal funding has gone towards the ₤1.4million redevelopment of Southport Market as an exciting food, drink and events hub.

Southport BID CEO Rachel Fitzgerald said:- "I am delighted to see such substantial funding for Southport through the Town Deal. The BID was part of the Town Deal board which submitted its multi million pound proposals to the Government. A huge amount of work has gone into preparing the submission over the past 12 months. Southport BID has worked hard along the Southport MP, Sefton Council, Southport College, local business leaders and board members from the public sector to ensure that we secured this vital investment. I hope it now gives confidence to the private sector that Southport is an ambitious town looking towards a positive future, and that our forward thinking resort is a great place to invest and do business. Southport BID will continue to do all we can to attract vital investment into Southport."

Rob Fletcher, Chair of the Town Deal Board said:- "The hard work of the Town Deal Board has been rewarded in this funding announcement. The Board has ensured that the views of the many have been included in the submission. We are pleased with the announcement and are now looking forward to continuing to work with Sefton Council, which will be responsible for delivering a remarkable range of projects which will support our communities, business and young people and make Southport the place to be."

Southport MP Damien Moore commented that:- "I'm delighted the Chancellor announced in his Budget today the largest direct investment in Southport in a generation; ₤37.5million. This funding is an opportunity to present a vision not only of what we want for Southport now, but where we want to be in the future."

Following the announcement, Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said:- "After an incredibly hard year for the Town's businesses and residents, the announcement of this funding is a really positive way to start 2021. The Council, working with Town Deal Board and its partners, are ready to get started on many of the key projects as soon as we can. We will continue to seek further public and private investment to the Town to ensure the Town Deal is the catalyst to unlock many new opportunities. I would like to thank the Chair and all Town Deal board members for their hard work and support, and I would also like to recognise Cllr Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, for her contribution and close collaboration with all board members."

But, as the details about the awarding of the Town Deal came to light, it has also brought questions from some and bad feelings... As some pointed out that Sunak's ₤1bn of 'Town Deals' will nearly all go to Tory constituencies. This has lead to many posting on Twitter about this topic, so what are your thoughts?
 

 
      
 
   
 
 
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