Southport Labour planning for a better town

Southport Labour Party’s  consultation response to Sefton Council’s Draft Local Plan has been released and was full of ideas to improve the town. Speaking on behalf of Southport Labour Ged Wright explained “it’s easy to criticise the Local Plan but we wanted to put forward a positive response that could improve our town.”

Among the ideas that that the local party agreed to put forward and want to be considered by the council in the final plan are:

  • Creation of a Southport Design Review Panel to ensure future developments are well designed features with input from the local community
  • Provisions to halt the spread of payday loans and bookies on our high streets
  • Inclusion of the “Burscough Curves” in the Local Plan’s list of transport priorities
  • Measures to ensure future developments manage their waste properly , including any potential shale gas or “fracking” operations
  • Inclusion of a local labour policy into the Local Plan to ensure jobs created during the construction of developments are kept in the local area. This would include prioritising local labour for any future shale gas developments.
  • Prioritise and encourage development by housing co-operatives

Ged remarked “Sefton’s Local Plan is going to shape the borough until 2030 so we want to make sure that the ideas we came up with can contribute to moving Southport forward”

The full response can be found at

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