Councillor David Barton is pleased to report that the Rattan fencing in front of Lord Street’s bandstand gardens will be removed next year.

It has been in place for more than two years to help the new plants grow and stabilise.

But council officers have confirmed it will be removed next year.

Councillor Barton said: “I have been following the subject of the fencing on behalf of several businesses in the area as it has been in place for some time.

“The council officers have told me that it was always the intention that the fence was to stay up as long as required for plant establishment and as long as it was in reasonable condition.

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“Some of the plants that are being protected are still young and it was felt they needed another winter protection before removing the fencing.”

For more information please contact David Barton on 0151 934 2061 or

Editor’s Notes: Councillor Barton was elected as a Conservative councillor in May 2014. He was born and raised in Southport and represents the Dukes ward covering West Birkdale and the town centre.

If you would like to speak to him about this or any other issue he holds surgeries for residents every third Saturday of the month at the Atkinson Arts Centre on Lord Street to assist residents with any local issues or neighbourhood concerns. Dukes Ward covers the Western part of Birkdale and Hillside along with the town centre itself.

Upcoming surgery: December- 19th- 2-3pm Atkinson Arts Centre

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