Save Southport’s heritage lights

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Save Southport’s heritage lights

‘It’s the tip of the iceberg’, say local Conservatives

A petition has been launched by the Southport Conservatives to halt the replacement of the town’s traditional Victorian lamp posts

The e-petition, which is on Sefton Council’s website, needs 2,750 signatures to trigger a full council debate.

In recent weeks, Sefton Council has been installing new lights across the borough, many of which are not thought to be in keeping with Southport’s heritage.

Many residents have been contacting local councillors as the heritage lighting posts were being removed from the streets in Ainsdale and replaced with taller, intrusive lights. It appears that neither residents nor Councillors have been consulted on the programme.

Councillor Terry Jones, leader of the Conservative Group on Sefton Council, set up the e-petition last week and hopes that people will use it to express their strength of feeling on the issue. He said: ‘Southport’s Victorian splendour has always been a big part of our tourism ‘pulling power’ and has boosted the town’s economy. It was clear action had to be taken to try to stop any further loss and a scheme is now needed to save and restore what we still have left. We must stand up and be counted before Southport’s Victorian image is lost once and for all.

‘This is currently a big issue for Ainsdale residents, but we can see it happening all over the town. Other Victorian seaside resorts can retain their heritage – why can’t we? It’s madness: some streets are starting to look like the M6.’

Cllr Jones, who set up an e-petition, has also placed paper copies in shops around Ainsdale Village, including The Chocolate box, Graysons the bakers and Avocado, with other venues across Southport to be added shortly.

He continued: ‘Southport has lost to much of its identity and we should be sending out a clear message that we don’t want to lose any more. A request has also been sent to the leader of the council for a temporary moratorium on the removal of the remaining lamp posts.

‘I hope the Southport Liberal Democrats will support the Conservatives in trying to protect and maintain our town’s important heritage features.’

The e-petition can be signed here:
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