Lord Street, Southport
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, but is weather dependent. Those
attending the British Musical Fireworks and 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, yet 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 said that changing the road from red to black is "an act of civic vandalism". 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 its 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 reveal his name.
What are your thoughts on this issue? Please email us to:-
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