Southport BID Top ten listing’s great for our image: fingers crossed for more cash soon!
SOUTHPORT made it into the national press again last week. This time as one of ten most favourite seaside resorts in the UK.
Ten writers each wrote about their favourite seaside town with Jon Bounds (coauthor of Pier Review, A Road Trip in Search of the British Seaside) enthusing that our town has just the “right combination of modern town bustle and bucket and spades to make it one of the best”.
Special mention was made of The Lakeside Inn, the Bottle Room, the Bold Hotel, and A Great Little Place, all of whom were named-checked in the article.
Other attractions mentioned were the huge beach (great for walks and wildlife although walking to the sea itself “might take a while!”) and the pier.
That very beach (and the town itself ) has been packed over recent weekends as the sunshine and hot weather brought out the crowds.
Those crowds will be out in force again as we get set to showcase two of the premier events on the town’s calendar: the Food and Drink Festival and then, in July, the Southport Air Show.
We’ve said it many times before: we punch well above our weight when it comes to organising our events calendar.
There was further good news recently with the announcement that the council’s Stage One application for Heritage Lottery funding – to improve the historic buildings that make up the Lord Street and Promenade Conservation Area – passed the first hurdle (one of just five from 23 applications that were submitted).
The BID has made an important contribution to the success of the application and it just goes to show that we’re not just about deliver- ing events and organising marketing and promotional campaigns.
There is increasing evidence that investors and funding bodies are becoming more attracted to areas where BIDs operate and that undoubtably strengthened Sefton’s application.
We’re also contributing to the cost of developing the second stage of the application.
If that’s successful it’ll result in over £1.5m grant funding coming into town – a great example of how the private and public sector can work together for the greater good of our town.
And, finally, this week sees the return of the 30-minute parking option to our town centre.
As a BID we’ve fought long and hard for this and are delighted that the council listened to our arguments and accepted our recommendation to bring it back.
Southport Pier – and the town itself – was praised by the national press last week