A petition of over 3000 names will be submitted to Sefton Council at its meeting on 22nd January, calling for no further reductions in the provision at Southport’s famous Botanic Gardens.

The petition, collected by Southport’s Member of Parliament John Pugh and his team of local Lib Dem councillors, calls on the Council to halt any further cutbacks in staffing which would completely undermine the present voluntary efforts which sustain the town’s premier floral park. The cutbacks have been ‘floated’ in the council budget proposals being put forward by Sefton Council’s ruling Labour group and will be decided upon in a special Council meeting in February.

Botanic Gardens Campaigners will be meeting next week to determine how best to put their case to the Council. One of the issues would be whether there were other areas of present Council expenditure which are of lower priority to be saved.


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