Photo: (Right) Jacqueline Barlow

By The Office of Jacqueline Barlow

CASH COW – Vote Jacqueline Barlow to stop the continual asset stripping of Southport. £3.3 million pound taken from Southport on parking and fines alone for the years 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 and the council have confirmed to me in writing that they have no record of the impact on Southport Business.

Parking charges and fines in Bootle £448852 over the same period – almost £3 million pounds less. In local tax Southport pay nearly £60 million. Bootle around £26million and who has the sports facilities and libraries – not Southport??

ots-southport-save botanic.BOTANIC – Sefton council are responsible for this state of affairs. By politicising the Botanic Gardens the Liberal Democrats we lost 3 nursery men. Sefton  Council have contracts with English Landscape that need to be scrutinised and disclosed to the people of Southport. How can 5 men from English Landscape turn up at the park purely to do litter picking, but they did? Two part time gardeners provided under the English Landscape contract at, I am told, a cost of £99000.

Therefore, at the last council meeting the Botanic could have retained 3 permanent nursery men jobs at a total of £45000 and made a saving of £50000 by ending the English Landscape contract had this been a sole agenda at the meeting. Instead our beloved Botanic Gardens was put in with a raft of subjects which included Councillors Expenses. So surprise there then that the volunteers representations and hard work was destroyed.


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