MP Damien Moore is calling for councillors across Southport to be involved in the Town Deal process.
Southport Town Deal is an opportunity for the resort to receive up to £25million through the Government’s Towns Fund.
The money aims to stimulate economic growth, drive regeneration and unlock Southport’s full potential.
Wider public consultation begins today and Damien Moore is eager for Southport councillors from all parties and from every ward to be involved in giving their feedback.
He said: “I would like to see councillors from all parties and from every ward across Southport to be involved in the Town Deal submission.
“Councillors who represent their constituents should be able to have the opportunity to feed into the process on their behalf.
“I will raise this issue directly with the Southport Town Deal board and will encourage them to write to every Southport councillor to seek their opinions and ideas.”
In November 2019 the Local Government Secretary invited 101 towns, including Southport, to develop proposals for a Town Deal with the Government, each one potentially receiving up to £25 million investment from the national £3.6 billion Towns Fund. The Southport Town Deal Board was established in January.
In those towns identified to bid for funding, local authorities, communities, businesses and local leaders were invited to join forces and draw up ambitious plans to transform their town’s economic growth prospects with a particular focus on improved transport, broadband connectivity, skills and culture.
Work is now being done to prepare and submit a Town Investment Plan, which will help to inform a clear Vision and Strategy for the town and should be submitted by the end of this Summer.
It will then form the basis for developing and agreeing a Town Deal. Some consultation work has already been undertaken through Stand Up For Southport, with over 1,000 comments received, and through DS Emotion carrying out a series of interviews and surveys with targeted groups in Southport.
The wider public consultation begins now and Damien Moore is eager for members of the public to get involved and have their say.
He said: “Southport has a great opportunity to develop and to grow thanks to the single largest direct investment in a generation.
“The wider public consultation begins in July and I would encourage local residents, businesses and other organisations to engage in the process and share your views.
“These are exciting times for our town and while this money on its own will not fix every issue that Southport has, it does have the potential to kickstart our town’s growth and attract further investment.”
Consultation on the draft Vision and the Big Ideas for Southport will run from today (Monday 29th June) until Monday 20th July – local residents, businesses and visitors are invited to provide their comments online at https://yourseftonyoursay.sefton.gov.uk/futuresouthport/
Those without internet access are encouraged to call the consultation hotline on 0808 168 8296.
During this time the draft Vision and indicative Masterplan will be available to view, with more details due to be released soon.