A campaigner for the regeneration of Southport is celebrating success after a plea to Royal Mail bosses to smarten up the town’s post boxes.
The Royal Mail is due to complete the re-painting of 100 post boxes in the next few weeks after Sefton councillor David Barton told them that they were in urgent need of a facelift.
The work coincides with the 500th anniversary of the Royal Mail and is another milestone in Cllr Barton’s mission to promote the restoration and regeneration of Lord Street and the town centre.
He said: “I would like to express how grateful I am to Royal Mail for having taken forward my request to make Southport quite literally a brighter and better place and for all their ongoing support to restore the town’s civic pride, which has been well received amongst local businesses and people of all ages.
“I also hope that the bright red colour of the newly-painted post boxes should help people be able to identify their nearest post box as the previous paintwork was looking dull and made them difficult to see.”
Cllr Barton, who represents Dukes Ward, had originally raised the issue of post boxes with Royal Mail in September 2015 as part of his ongoing Town Audit and after receiving complaints from elderly residents and new businesses about town looking “tired”.
He said: “I am delighted to confirm the repainting of post boxes, not only my district of Dukes Ward but across the whole of Southport, covering Churchtown through to Blowick and Birkdale as a good will gesture to celebrate the Royal Mail’s 500th Anniversary.”
2016 commemorates 500 years since Henry VIII knighted Brian Tuke, the first Master of the Posts, in 1516. Tuke had the influence and authority to establish key post towns across the country and build a formal postal network.
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