Zero tolerance call over redundant Southport Street furniture
A leading campaigner for the rejuvenation and regeneration of Southport has called for a zero tolerance policy on excess street furniture and redundant and broken signs.
Councillor David Barton was speaking a year after first raising the issue with Sefton Council.
In that time his work with the council has led to a series of improvements and the removal of a number of eyesore items that have either presently or are scheduled to be removed, including
Redundant metal column posts along southern Lord Street respectively outside Alexandra House Nursing Home, Viceroy Court, the Ribble Building, Percival Court and the Southport Visiter office which have been requested for removal. The redundant sign post pictured at Garrick Parade has already been successfully removed.
Corroded Street directional signs along southern Lord St, outside Alexandra House Nursing Home, Viceroy Court and the Southport Visiter office which have been requested for sanding refurbishment.
Can a ‘No Drinking’ Sign be considered on Cross Street near Railway Terrace which has been requested.
Bent Street sign on King Street outside the Coronation Pub which has been straightened after being reported.
Manchester Road & Hoghton St – New bent ‘Turn left’ signs which have since been straightened after being reported.
Cllr Barton said: “Southport has a unique heritage and is a wonderful place to visit but unfortunately over time some street furniture and signage has developed piecemeal and not in keeping with the image we are trying to maintain.
“We should introduce a policy of zero tolerance in this respect and work to remove these items immediately.
“It is essential we remind people of the work already done and how this has helped with the restoration efforts as part of the long-term plan to inward investment.
“In my initial assessment along the whole Lord Street mile a year ago I noted all kinds of defects which I have continued to work on with the Council departments to address to set a good example for the businesses and landowners in respect of civic pride and maintaining cleanliness across Southport.”
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