South­port BID Top ten list­ing’s great for our image: fin­gers crossed for more cash soon!

Midweek Visiter - - Southport BID -

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

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