This Saturday is ‘Small Business Saturday’ – and it also marks the beginning of Sefton Council’s free parking provision in Southport.

Lib Dem Deputy Leader Councillor Tony Dawson, who represents Southport Town Centre, was instrumental in getting the Council to bring back the free parking concession which disappeared when Bootle Labour councillors took control of the Borough. He says:

“We had to fight for two years to bring back this concession which disappeared once Southport councillors lost their say in the ruling Cabinet. So let’s make the best use of the free parking facility which we now have.”

“Small businesses are still the life blood of Southport. While the Town Centre has taken a number of ‘hits’ over the past few years, it is our small businesses, by and large, who have tightened their belt and worked through the recession.”

“The Internet and Liverpool One have both taken large chunks of trade away from our town centre and not all of that can be reversed. But I do ask the residents of our town where they can, to support our local shops and businesses when they are out Christmas shopping.

“Small Business Saturday is often the busiest shopping day of the year. While we cannot control the weather, we can be sure of the warm welcome which our town centre traders will give to seasonal shoppers.”

From the Sefton Council meeting November 2012

QUESTIONS RAISED BY MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL 9. Question submitted by Councillor Dawson to the Cabinet Member – Transportation (Councillor Fairclough) “What measures are being implemented this year to provide concessionary variation in parking regulations in the run up to Christmas, as has been done in past years – and what discussions have been held between the Council and business representatives about this matter?”

Response: As in 2011, no concessions are planned for this year. A number of discussions have taken place between the Council and business representatives in recent months but the issue of Christmas concessions has not been raised.…d=143&MId=673


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