A campaigner councillor has called for some of Southport’s most iconic landmarks to undergo improvement work to return them to their full glory as a matter of urgency.

Cllr David Barton has revealed that he has asked Sefton Council for the two memorial gardens on Lord Street to receive much-needed gardening work and weed treatment.

He revealed he has also secured a commitment from Sefton Council to clean and tidy up the Memorial Pantheon Temples, which have become tarnished in recent years, with weeds growing from the top, once local councillors can agree how to fund the work.

Cllr Barton, who represents Dukes ward, is a leading campaigner from the improvement and regeneration of Southport.

Earlier this year he arranged for Sefton Council to repair the Nautilus Water Feature in Lord Street North so that water flowed correctly through its two jets once more.

The work he has called for to be done to the memorial gardens by the Council will include re-seeding, fertilising and aerating the lawns and treating weeds.

Cllr Barton said that the cost of the work could be met from a combination of the Council’s essential maintenance budget along with Parks and Greenspace and district funds.

Cllr Barton said: “We have some wonderful landmarks in Southport and sadly some of them look neglected and in need of some TLC.

“Work needs to be done to rectify the situation and restore these iconic features to their best for the benefit of residents and visitors to the town.

”For my part I have approved the necessary funding for the local area budget to help pay for this work and hope my council colleagues follow suit so we can start to restore these iconic landmarks to their former glory.”


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