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Issue:- 3 April 2014

Letters to the Editor:- "Lack of Southport Pleasureland Signs"

"I am writing this having just spent a day outside of Southport. Having driven back, I notice that as a new holiday season approaches, our local authority still seem to have no intention of placing Southport Pleasureland on the tourism sign posts as you approach Southport by road. My question is WHY? As Norman Wallis is clearly investing a lot of his own money in landscaping the site, it is becoming an asset to the town, which we should be shouting about. Come on Sefton, be fair!!!" David Ashurst, Southport.

Editor's comments:- "As far as we are aware it is the Highways Agency that is part of the Department for Transport (DfT) who are responsible for operating, maintaining and improving the Brown Tourist Signs. As far as we are aware the signs that have been painted over, when Pleasureland closed back in 2006, so it might be that they are treating it as a new application, even though it was re-opened back in 2007. Sadly, if that is the case, then they might say that new applicants must pay the cost of any tourist signs provided on the road network DfT. If that is the case, it could be astronomically high for Norman Wallis to get the signage done. But the signs become the property of the relevant Highway Authority, so that they can be maintained as required during their life, so it might be a case that they can reinstall them on request from Sefton MBC. We have sent your letter to a representative of Sefton MBC to see if we can get a comment back for you and also to the Highways Agency. This is a very good question and one that has been asked a few times last year and this year, but it is the first time we have had it in writing, so we can now officially ask."

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