Councillor calls for Verandah Competition February 10th, 2016 jmr jmr Latest News Shares Comments Photo: Councillor David Barton Councillor David Barton has called for an annual Southport verandah competition as part of his town centre conservation campaign. He has pinpointed the verandahs as one of the key features to be monitored in the coming year. And as a result he hopes restored verandahs could be a key feature for any potential businesses considering a move into Southport. Cllr Barton said: “I have already spoken to the relevant council departments about a delayed enforcement programme for our town’s verandahs. “Through our conservation campaign we have already managed to help attract new business along Lord Street and through regular dialogue with local residents and businesses we have achieved a positive turnaround for the town since 2014. “Along with ensuring the area is more visually appealing it is hoped these moves will help attract more businesses to the area to help strengthen the council’s finances. “The enforcement action ought only to be used as a very last resort if those responsible for the upkeep of the verandah refuse to cooperate. “As a gesture of goodwill the competition should be available to all verandah owners or leaseholders in the town. It would be great to see as many entries as possible from our locals.” For more information please contact David Barton on 0151 934 2061 or [email protected] Editor’s Notes: Councillor Barton was elected as a Conservative councillor in May 2014. He was born and raised in Southport and represents the Dukes ward covering West Birkdale and the town centre. If you would like to speak to him about this or any other issue he holds surgeries for residents every third Saturday of the month at the Atkinson Arts Centre on Lord Street to assist residents with any local issues or neighbourhood concerns. Dukes Ward covers the Western part of Birkdale and Hillside along with the town centre itself. 20th February 2016 2-3pm, 19th March 2016 2-3pm, 23rd April 2016 2-3pm, 21st May 2016 2-3pm Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321 Email [email protected] Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to [email protected]– relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. Related Comments comments!