Goodbye to Sefton turquoise?


Should Southport’s Lord Street say ‘Goodbye’ to ‘Sefton turquoise’? Councillor is asking the people of the town for their views.

At present, there is a mish mash of colour schemes for street furniture in and around the town centre. Outside of Lord Street, many lamp posts are painted in the old Southport colour of maroon and cream. But in the late 1990s a Sefton officer proposed that the Lord Street area should have a turquoise colour scheme and this was also spread to the Promenade and Kings Gardens.

When the Monument area of Lord Street was re-modelled, a number of railings in the area were painted black matching the chains around the monument and also the main colour in the Lord Street canopies.

Councillors, conservation officers and officers of the Civic Society are meeting today to discuss a way forward which will also require co-operation of the Sefton Cabinet Members

Southport Civic Society attended the last meeting of the Area Committee and expressed dismay over the lack of co-ordination at Sefton Council overthe Lord Street conservation area. This had been epitomised by the way in which jagged tree stumps had been left month after month the length of Lord Street with no plan for removal or replavement.

Councillor Tony Dawson, who chaired that Area Committee meeting, has asked Sefton Council’s Chief Executive to push forward a conservation strategy for Lord Street involcing local councillors, the Civic Society, the Southport BID and most importantly the people of Southport.

Councillor Dawson says:

“This Conservation is the heart of our community. Local people need to be given a say and a chance to contribute ideas and action to improving it and restoring it for all of us.”

“There are presently four colour schemes for street furniture in and around the town centre and there needs to be some joined-up thinking.”

Please send your views on this matter to Councillor Dawson via [email protected]


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