JOHN PUGH MP LAUNCHES TOWN CENTRE FIRST CAMPAIGN
MPs , activists and councillors were out in the town centre on Saturday leafletting and discussing with shoppers what local as MP John Pugh launched his “Town Centre First” Campaign.
In a personal message to shoppers John Pugh warns of the serious threat to Lord St and the town centre if the council does not tackle the issue of empty shops and get a grip of the situation. Further decline he argues could impact massively on everyone in Southport.
“Charity shops, money shops and nail bars won’t bring visitors to Southport. We need to attract quality retail and independent stores “.
The MP is opposed to Sainsbury developing a 10,000 square metre hypermarket out at Meols Cop which he argues will reduce footfall in the town centre and create more gaps in Lord St.
“Anyone who thinks such a development won’t hurt Lord St is just not understanding commercial reality. People come to Southport because of Lord St not because we have the best supermarkets.”
The MP is calling on Sefton to develop a retail Masterplan for the town centre and for the public to back him . “We can’t ,” he says “continue to drift and end up looking like Morecombe.”