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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-24-09

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Lord Street, Southport Resurfacing Work

SOUTHPORT Town Centre busses and traffic have been affected by the closure of Lord Street, due to resurfacing work taking place. The temporarily closure of the main through road is expected to be finished on 27 October 2017 2017, but is weather dependent. Those attending the British Musical Fireworks and also other events in the run up to Halloween are reminded to take extra time out in case of delays. Lord Street is regarded as Southport's 'jewel in the crown', but the road has been needed resurfacing for some time, but Sefton Council's "money saving cheaper option" to resurface the road in black has been blasted by both the former and the current Members of Parliament.

The Former Southport Liberal Democrat MP John Pugh who said it was:- "an act of civic vandalism" and Southport's current MP, Damien Moore, who's party said:- "Sefton Council may complain about lack of funds, but it is about making the right choices, spend ₤32 million on a venture which is deemed unprofitable by developers and investors, or maintain conservation areas and heritage sites. This outrageous decision which compromises the identity of Lord Street and Southport. Due to the neglect from Sefton Council Southport has already lost out on its place as a top 40 UK seaside destination."
Interestingly the Conservatives have put up a petition on Change.Org against this decision.

Southport is famous for it's Victorian canopied boulevard edged in scenic gardens and until recently its charming, unique style of shops, with many of them closing, others are asking what this issue is. "When it comes to a risk of loosing our heritage status, we have far bigger problems than to worry about short term cost savings, like this. The focus should be on saving the remaining small businesses and not the atheistic. That should come later!" a local business owner, who is struggling to keep afloat told us on condition we do not say who his is.

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