New ho­tel and stores to re­place Mar­ble Place

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one of a num­ber of ma­jor projects which could re­vi­talise liv­ing and leisure in our town cen­tre.

“We could, if we want, com­pletely re­move any need to build on lo­cal Green Belt and build mod­ern eco-friendly homes, shops and leisure facilities which are cen- tred around the ter­mi­nus of South­port’s rail­way lines.

“South­port has suf­fered over the years from a re­duc­tion in small ho­tels which have af­fected the va­ri­ety of and size of con­fer­ences which we can of­fer to the coun­try.

“This ma­jor ad­di­tion of nearly one hun­dred ex­tra bed spa­ces in our town could per­mit a com­plete re­assess­ment of the town’s con­fer­ence of­fer.”

The plans have not been uni­ver­sally wel­comed, though, with in­de­pen­dent Con­ser­va­tive town cen­tre coun­cil­lor David Bar­ton among those un­happy with the pro­posal.

He said: “Given the un­cer­tainty sur­round­ing whether or not the present ten­ants would still be based here, and on the ba­sis that, as a lo­cal com­mu­nity, we would stand to be fac­ing the loss of an­other well-de­signed grand build­ing which en­hances the area, I can­not sup­port this de­ci­sion.

“I would en­cour­age any­one with any sim­i­lar feel­ing, be they the busi­nesses or lo­cal res­i­dents, to con­tact me with their con­cerns as soon as pos­si­ble, so that we may be able to rec­tify the sit- ua­tion in re­spect of all the key stake­hold­ers who have al­ready done so much for our Clas­sic Re­sort town and whose views de­serve to be re­spected.”

A spokesman for Sefton Coun­cil said: “We are ac­tively work­ing to bring in­vest­ment into South­port to help increase foot­fall and en­cour­age re­tail to both re­main and im­prove. How­ever, we only have a cer­tain amount of in­flu­ence and devel­op­ers and investors will choose the sites that are most vi­able.

“One of the main aims of the South­port Devel­op­ment Frame­work is to build on the re­sort’s cur­rent as­sets, in­clud­ing ho­tels, restau­rants, at­trac­tions, busi­ness con­fer­enc­ing, cul­tural venues and events.

“Im­prov­ing the qual­ity and adding to the ac­com­mo­da­tion in the town will grow the vis­i­tor economy and help achieve these ob­jec­tives.

“Nev­er­the­less, in­vest­ment and devel­op­ment must be sus­tain­able, from

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