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Publication date:- 2017-09-09

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Sky high rents and lack of small units pushing small businesses out in North Sefton

THIS year we have witnessed the loss of industrial and business units in Birkdale and Formby, with the loss of Formby Trading Estate and Birkdale Industrial Estate. We have also seen lots independent units closing, being pulled down and being by replaced luxury apartments and nursing accommodation within the Southport and Formby area. The loss of these units means many small businesses are struggling to find accommodation. On the retail side, also the situation is not good, as more and more small businesses are finding it increasingly hard to pay staff wages and the ever increasing rents, yet footfall is falling. Many are blaming the internet, but the reality is lack of planning for the future by local business leaders and Councils. The lack of small businesses is destroying our once vibrant Town and Village centres and this is echoed across the UK, in seaside resorts. The Social Market Foundation said the economic gap between coastal and non-coastal places has grown considerably and things are only getting worse. Also, the study found that health and education are also heavily affected within most coastal communities. In Southport the lack of local job opportunities and poor transport links after 11pm has also impacted badly on the local economy, resulting in many young families being pushed out. That, combined with rents for both housing and businesses being far higher than they should has resulted in even more problems.

Sadly, investment in the North of Sefton has been only on high profile projects, such as of Britain's 2nd longest pier, Southport Pier and the likes of Kings Gardens, both helped by the Coastal Communities Fund, European Objective 1 Funding and Heritage Lottery Fund, whilst side roads have gone unprepared. Often many of the investments, like the Pedestrian Area, next to Southport Train Station, have resulted in vacant shops as retailers struggle to operate.

We want to know where you think money should be focused in Formby and Southport. Are we correct with the statements above?  Should small business that give character and variety to our towns and villages be more supported? Do they keep money in the local communities? Do big chain stores bring in tourists or do the small businesses? What are your views?

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The volunteers keeping Lord Street in Bloom

COME rain or shine, this dedicated band of volunteers have been working hard, making Southport's Lord Street Gardens in top shape.  Last year this team of gardeners won Southport a Gold, at the Royal Horticultural Society's Britain in Bloom Awards. This year they hope to win the North West in Bloom Awards for the Town.


B.O.A. 70th Anniversary DVD

Click on to buy now...THE 70th BOA events this year in Liverpool has now been fully edited is available to buy, on a DVD, from our Online Shop, on Mersey Reporter very soon.  For each DVD sold, ₤3.00 will go to Unique opera exhibition hits the right note at Central Library the Liverpool's Lord Mayor's Charity Appeal. (Registered Charity No. 229539)  At this stage we can only do UK postage options, but if you are outside the UK, you can still order copies, but only via emailing our newsroom at:- with your FULL address and we will get back to you with a postage cost and a payment link, should you wish to continue.

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Fusion Festival 2017

THE Fusion Festival is an annual music festival that takes place in Otterspool Promenade, Liverpool and this year... Click on here to find out more...

SonFest Southport 2017
Merseyside Business Games 2017
Society in Southport calls for Schools to register for Money Minds financial education programme
Cabinet approves further rate relief for local businesses
US University students in Liverpool, UK, can now watch the NFL action live!
Do you want to take part in a studio shoot with Elli Wilson, Miss Liverpool City Region?
1 in 7 workers in the North are skipping meals to make ends meet
Breastfeeding friendly charter mark launched
Nurse Cadet Programme to provide opportunities for young people
Metro Mayor keeps his armed forces pledge
Lights on Bikes or Lack of Lights
Why where Police Officers on Dunes and Police Vehicles on Coast Road?
Suspected arson incidents in Rimrose Valley, Crosby
16 year old arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder
Funding to help families affected by domestic violence
School parking changes
Residents set to see early New Ferry regeneration ideas
Southport and Formby opticians seek to get drivers ready for School
High Tidies'' making waves in Wirral
Middle aged health at risk as over 850,000 adults do not manage a brisk 10 minute walk each month
Man jailed for subjecting cat to violence
Liverpool's Hot New Attraction by Mersey Ferries
Runners get on their marks for hat trick of races across Wirral
Sue Johnston to be Master of Ceremonies as the 96 are remembered in Wirral
A565 bridge reopens this weekend
Liverpool loose 2022 Commonwealth Games Bid
Crime fighting partners cement closer relationship
Wirral woman to join F1 legend on charity cycle ride
Police Commissioner awards ₤45,000 to help keep communities safe this Bonfire Night
US University students in Liverpool, UK, can now watch the NFL action live!
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Do you want to take part in a studio shoot with Elli Wilson, Miss Liverpool City Region?
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Ne-Yo concert ticket giveaway competition

ARE there any NE-YO  fans out there? We are GIVING AWAY 2x pairs of tickets for his concert that will run next Wednesday, 13 September 2017! All you have to do is retweets our Twitter Post... Click on here to find out more.

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