Call for hanging baskets to return to Southport town centre

A leading campaigner for the restoration and improvement of Southport is calling for the town centre to be brightened up by floral hanging baskets.

Cllr David Barton said he had already been approached by a number of retailers in the Lord Street area who wanted to take part in the initiative.

He said the tradition of traders putting up the baskets helped showcase the wonderful Victorian architecture of the town centre as well as enhancing its appearance for shoppers and visitors.

Cllr David Barton, who represents Dukes Ward, said: “In the last few years a lot of work has been done to restore the Victorian Verandahs on Lord Street and surrounding streets and returning to the tradition of putting up hanging baskets would look wonderful and enhance the area.

“Some retailers have already taken the initiative and it would be great to see more following their lead.”

Cllr Barton urged traders wishing to install hanging baskets ready for next spring to conduct a structural survey and ensure the installation site is strong enough and safe to cope with the planting containers.

He said: “This is a great initiative which will greatly benefit the local community. Any traders wishing to take part can contact Sefton Council to ensure that they comply with the necessary health and safety aspects.”


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