Campaigner sets out ‘cheat sheet’ for making Lord Street better

9th October 2021
David Barton

A prominent campaigner for the heritage of Southport has chosen to highlight a selection of advantages associated with living beside the coast that possess a historical high street.

The Victorians and Edwardians recognised some of the benefits long before the advances in Science and Technology when they laid down the first purposely planned or commercial Town Centre as part of their commercial and philanthropic ventures in Newcastle in 1840.

Through time, these have been more formally evidenced and substantiated with academic studies proving the validity of economic and wellbeing reasons combined.

Whilst geographically southern coastal towns benefit from warmer weather with their physical placing being nearer the Equator, it is still worth observing the many unique advantages of being based in any coastal area.

With a national and global revolution to recreate and work locally, it is also a great way to identify and pursue any new innovative ways that can improve the community whilst appreciating its star selling points that are not necessarily available elsewhere.

David Barton, former Councillor for the Dukes Ward covering the Town Centre and West Birkdale, is seeking to show outside investors why it is worth investing in Southport and the wider Sefton region.

He maintains that Lord Street is a great example of a place that could bring great value to the local area if recreated in time back to its original traditional design and role as a key entertainment complex.

The community campaigner, whose ultimate focus has been and remains the restoration of Southport, is hopeful that by accounting for the advantages that Lord Street confers for everyone, this may encourage more ambitious yet worthwhile projects.

These include the reconstruction of historically acclaimed landmarks, such as the former Southport Opera House which used to house a grand ballroom and various other amusement facilities for all age groups.

Mr. Barton says: “Southport’s Lord Street is a tremendous area with much promise if regeared back to its original Placemaking role. Traditional architecture will form a key part should investors decide to capitalize on this exceptional streetscape combining both the natural and built environments.”

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