Southport residents want more value for money out of the Victoria footbridge improvements say local councillors

Money was made available for the bridge improvement work from the LEAF factory housing development. The bridge, which is owned by Sefton Council, was closed for some time while improvement work was undertaken, but councillors feel that the results so far are not good enough.

Lib Dem Councillors Fred Weavers and Tony Dawson, who represent the areas at each end of the footbridge met today with officers of Sefton Council to discuss how the bridge still needs improvement. They had praise for the safer steps which had been installed and greatly-improved railings at the ASDA end of the bridge. The councillors are also pleased that there is going to be CCTV installed at both ends of the bridge, which was the site of a nasty attack six years ago.

The councillors are, however, still highly-concerned about the drainage of the bridge itself and the lighting. They want overhead lighting, possibly similar to the lighting on Southport Pier, so that bridge users can feel more safe. They were concerned that the light at the Virginia Street end of the bridge appears to have been erected too low and the lighting column interferes with the cycle ramps which do not work properly as they are rather on the narrow side.

Officers have agreed to look at ways of making further improvements and report back once these have been costed. Councillors have also pressed for proper bins to replace the plastic rubbish bags which have been left at each end of the bridge, and want a clear commitment to a regular sweeping of the bridge by council employees.

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