Tourism will be hit by these cuts
SEFTON Council is less than a month away from setting its budget for the year - and with such savings to make, it’s inevitable we’ll see some harsh cost-cutting measures put in place.
The council has proposed slashing its tourism budget and looking to increase revenue from other areas.
Pair this with The Atkinson’s proposed reduced opening times, increased ticket prices and staff redundancies, and you’re looking at a potentially catastrophic outcome for our town.
The money has to come from somewhere, granted, but Southport is a tourist destination, and anything that compromises this, its tourism marketing and provision, could well ruin the local economy. Perhaps irreversibly so. The council argues that, long-term, it would prove beneficial to the borough with activities becoming cost-neutral, and eventually even making a profit.
This, the budget report states, will mean visitors receive a higher than expected quality of service.
Residents, it says, will benefit from new events, services and facilities, made affordable by money generated from tourists coming into the area.
The council also predicts more services to become ‘self-sustaining’, with more jobs created and retained, and says ‘more people will hear about and visit Sefton’. But this begs an all-important question: If the council genuinely believes it can improve tourism, increase visitor numbers and create more jobs for the local community - even with these cuts being made - why have they never done it before now?
RESTORE OUR TOWN
IT was interesting to read the article about another clothing shop possibly closing down.
I feel that I have slowly watched Southport deteriorate over the last 20 years.
It would be great to see classy Southport again, with old world Victorian charm.
Let’s direct some money back into Southport and restore it.
Fiona via email
THE reason why the resurfacing of Kenilworth Road, Ainsdale, was unsuccessful was that the work was done during a particularly cold snap and whilst it was pouring down with rain at the beginning of October.
I saw them doing it and remember thinking, ‘that’s not going to work!’ Lo and behold it didn’t. What a surprise! Road resurfacing needs to be done in the summer months when it’s warm so the chippings will bed in to the soft bitumen.
So why wasn’t the work done earlier in the year?
Why did the council allow it to be done so late in the year?
Was anybody in the council actually monitoring and managing the contract?
As a concerned council taxpayer who lives in Kenilworth Road I wrote to the council before Christmas asking about this.
As of lunchtime on Feb 3, no one has given me the courtesy of a response - but I guarantee they will write to me in plenty of time to tell me my council tax has increased considerably more than my state pension has! David Allen Ainsdale
WITH hardly a week going by without a councillor demanding that the number of councillors on Sefton Council be culled by a third, I am reminded of the television series Yes Prime Minister, where Jim Hacker decided to reduce the number of civil servants.
Every head of department agreed that the numbers should be culled, but then put up a strong argument why his or her department not only shouldn’t be touched, but indeed, needed more people to function properly.
So, this brings me to reducing Sefton numbers.
Doubtless every councillor arguing for such a cull will then (if it happens) put up a good argument for why they should be excluded.
So, should we reduce the numbers of councillors?
“Yes Prime Minister.”