Let’s con­tinue to choose lo­cal

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Active -

SO, with Christ­mas now over and 2016 com­ing to an end, what a per­fect time to look back on what has – mostly – been a su­perb year for South­port.

The high­lights so far? We’ve had some mag­nif­i­cent events, such as South­port Air Show, which cel­e­brated its 25th an­niver­sary with two days of won­der­ful dis­plays.

South­port Flower Show was fan­tas­tic, with some stun­ning show gar­dens and Ains­ley Har­riott and Miss Eng­land El­iz­a­beth Grant be­ing ex­cel­lent show open­ers.

South­port BID had a very busy year, with events such as Spook­port, South­port Arts Fes­ti­val and the ever-grow­ing South­port Christ­mas Lights Switch-on bring­ing tens of thou­sands of peo­ple flock­ing into our town.

It has been great to see peo­ple in­vest­ing in South­port, with a trans­formed Bold Ho­tel and lots of new bars and other busi­nesses adding to the vi­brancy of places like South­port town cen­tre, Church­town, Ains­dale and Birk­dale.

But what lies ahead? Wor­ry­ingly, Sefton Coun­cil meets early next year to de­cide how to be­gin cut­ting £64.4m from its al­ready stretched bud­get over the next three years.

Work on a new vi­sion for South­port, the South­port De­vel­op­ment Frame­work, has be­gun – there are some great ideas in there which we hope will be­come a re­al­ity.

Over the past year, the Visiter has been run­ning our Choose Lo­cal cam­paign, and that’s the one New Year’s res­o­lu­tion we want ev­ery­one in our town to make for 2017.

If we each di­vert an ex­tra £5 from our weekly shop­ping bill to lo­cal shops, that’s an ex­tra £15m in the lo­cal econ­omy sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­nesses, jobs and fam­i­lies. Here’s to a happy and pros­per­ous New Year to you all.

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