Sefton Council comes under attack over discriminatory charging over Southport marches March 11th, 2014 admin Latest News Shares Comments Sefton Council comes under attack over discriminatory charging over Southport marches Ainsdale Lib Dem councillor Haydn Preece has condemned the proposal by Sefton Council to charge £400 to approve road closures for the proposed World War One centenary commemoration march in Southport town centre in August. At the same time it has been revealed that the annual July Orange Lodge parades in Southport have paid not a penny for road closures over the last ten years. Cllr Preece explained: “I think it is unfair to charge for veterans of World War II and subsequent conflicts, together with others, who wish to march to commemorate the start of the First World War, and all the terrible suffering that involved.” “As a History teacher of over twenty five years I feel the Council’s attitude is wrong here. After all we are marking one of the most significant occurrences of the 20th century, together with the sacrifice of so many between 1914 and 1918 from our town.” “What seems particularly wrong was that we found out, on investigation, that no charge is made to the Orange Lodge for their annual July parades in Southport. It is surely unfair for Sefton Council to charge for the World War One march when they don’t charge the Orange Lodge. Everybody should be treated equally.” Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Related Comments comments!