Since my election in 2017, I have been working to ensure that brown signage is installed to signpost visiters in Southport to the businesses on Wesley Street.
Wesley Street is home to a variety of small independent businesses which many Southport residents will frequent. These range from electrical stores, antique dealers, watch and clock repairers, cafes, baby clothes vendors, and barbers.
I believe that the businesses on Wesley Street are some of the best our town has to offer, and the colourful buildings which accommodate them are a great pull for visiters.
For years, these businesses have been asking Sefton Council for brown directional signage to signpost visiters to their stretch, but have always been refused. I have been pushing for this on their behalf.
As businesses seek to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, Sefton Council should do all they can to support them. With the news of Southport’s Town Deal being approved, with the increase in visiter numbers that this will bring, now is the right time for signage to be approved.
In April 2021, I met with the CEO of Southport BID to discuss this matter, and they expressed a willingness to help cover the costs of any signage should it be approved.
I followed this up by sending a comprehensive case to the Chief Executive of Sefton Council, and asked that he personally review the matter.
I updated the businesses along Wesley Street on the action I had taken, and await what I hope to be a positive response from the Council.