The picture above was taken some time ago, when Southport's Tourist Information Centre was threatened with closure.
I have some good news and some not so good news to report about Southport and it's endeavour to improve the offer it provides for residents and tourists.
The following was reported in today's local Visiter Newspaper:
SEFTON Council is today (Thursday) expected to show its faith in the Southport town centre and seafront areas by allocating £100,000 to our resort's Business Improvement District project.
Politicians will meet at Bootle Town Hall at 10am to discuss giving our BID team access to the entire borough High Street Innovation Fund – after politicians felt that our town’s scheme was the best in the borough.
The funding will provide a huge boost to the BID team, which is set to appoint a project manager charged with delivering the scheme to the seafront and Lord Street.
A BID allows businesses within a designated area to raise money and decide together how best to spend it.
Separate from the council, it means businesses, shops, restaurants and hotels can come up with their own ways of promoting and marketing themselves.
In his report to councillors, Alan Lunt, Sefton Council’s director of built environment, explained a BID Task and Finish Group believed Southport’s plan to be the best.
He said: “The group evaluated the potential of Sefton’s town centres to become a Business Improvement District, in terms of their overall viability ie whether there was a critical mass of sustainable income, the number and types of levy payer, the centre’s strategic significance, and the added value of using a BID to grow the centre.
“The key finding was that of all the areas considered, only Southport met both criteria of viability and local support.”
I attended the Cabinet meeting this morning.
The Not So Good News is that the Labour Cabinet decided to amend the above plan.
The BID team will only be allowed to access SOME of the money NOT ALL of it.
The ruling Labour group never cease to amaze me. Not only does this dilute the good news, but the cabinet member who made the amendment was none other than the Cabinet Member for Tourism!