Councillor David Barton has thanked officials who acted after he highlighted the mess surrounding the plaque dedicated to Southport’s founder, William Sutton, in the town centre.

The stonework had become overgrown with shrubbery and moss and was almost covered masking it from public view.
After Councillor Barton raised the issue with the relevant departments work was carried out swiftly to tidy the area.
William Sutton, known as the Old Duke, is regarded as the man who founded Southport, opening the Dukes Folly hotel around which the town grew.

Councillor Barton who represents Dukes Ward said: “Having reported this to the relevant Council Department earlier this year I am now pleased to report back that the dense weed and ivy growth engulfing the William Sutton Plaque and the connecting Southern balustrades along Lord Street have now been cleared in time for the Halloween celebrations.

“I would like to extend my thanks to all the Council Officers involved who have helped me tidy this area for the benefit of local residents and visitors to Southport.”
For further information please contact: Councillor David Barton on 07968581611 or


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