Caption: Southport pier is one of the longest and oldest of its kind in the country.

Southport’s residents and businesses are once again being asked to give their honest views and opinions on how the resort will look in the future

A consultation which would hopefully allow a local group to access millions i. government funding and set out a future vision for Southport, is now live.

The consultation, which got underway on Monday, is part of the first stage of the govern- ment’s ‘Town Deals Fund’.

Southport is one of just 100 towns across the country invited to bid for a share of £3.6 billion to help develop innovative regeneration plans and support to build prosperous futures.

Communities, businesses and local leaders are asked to join forces and ‘get on board’ to draw up ambitious plans to transform their town’s economic growth prospects with a focus on improved trans- port, broadband connectivity, skills and culture.

Since November 2019 a number of conversations have taken place across Southport with local resid- ents and businesses to discuss how that money might be spent if the bid is successful.

Over a thousand items of initial feedback have been gathered from the Government’s #MyTown campaign, interviews with representatives of local groups and surveys completed by social media users.

This feedback has helped to shape a number of ‘Big Ideas’ that will feed into the Southport Town Investment Plan, a document that will become the first stage in the process of securing a Town Deal.

Work on the Town Investment Plan is being undertaken by Sefton Council and overseen by the Southport Town Deal Board, a group made up of a number of representatives from key businesses and community groups in the town.

To give your views visit https://yourseftonyoursay.sefton.gov.uk/futuresouthport/