Councillor rails against shabby Seafront

Councillor David Barton has called for an urgent review of the state of the Promenade railings in the town.

He says he has previously requested assistance from the relevant council departments to secure funding and replace the railings on a like-for-like basis if the original spindles could not be restored along the popular Southport boardwalk.

He also says that ‘rushed’ sand-blasting to clean the railings in an attempt to help Southport’s In Bloom bid some years ago has since stopped and nothing has happened since.

Councillor Barton said: “I would like to know why this important work has been left incomplete and the railing are not to the standard expected. Had those responsible known sandblasting would do more harm than good in the long- term this option should never have been considered in 2006.

“As I understand it, my district benefits from a Section 106 fund of £20,522.96 which is strictly designated for green-space projects.

“I think some of this money should be used towards a phased restoration of the railings and perhaps we could look into some kind of community fundraising event to boost the effort.

“My predecessor in Cambridge Ward, Tom Glover, was a driving force in ensuring the Promenade railings were regularly painted and it is a shame that some councillors have failed to see what an important aspect of the town and our seaside resort the railings are.

“Whether this be for the benefit of local residents, schools and sporting clubs that use the Marine Lake which the railings overlook they are a focal point of the front and if we are to attract more visitors to the town I feel it is vital we have a vibrant and bright area that is aesthetically appealing.


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