Two frameworks, both recommended for approval, are to be discussed at Sefton Council’s Cabinet meeting this Thursday as the local authority looks to stimulate investment in Southport and Bootle town centres.
The Southport Development Framework has been created by Nexus Planning, supported by Broadway Malyan. It seeks to reconnect the beachfront with Lord Street, “the jewel in the crown,” which could be revitalised with improved public realm and events space.
Some of the key points in the report completed by Nexus include the need to develop a Southport offer to meet the needs of today’s family leisure market. It speaks of the need to nurture a hub environment for creative businesses and link in with Southport College, the need to develop proposals capable of attracting inward investment, and the necessity for a town that is more coherent to visitors needing to quickly understand how to access key assets and move around.
Peter Tooher, executive director at Nexus Planning, said: “Southport is a classic seaside town that has real potential to build substantially on its brand, enhancing its profile and contribution to economic growth in the region, not least through the visitor economy.”
Lambert Smith Hampton has developed the Bootle Town Centre Investment Framework, which focuses on how to make more of Bootle’s key assets: Hugh Baird College, Bootle Strand, the Leeds-Liverpool Canal and proximity to both Liverpool city centre and the Port of Liverpool.
Issues highlighted by LSH include the need to improve leisure assets and build a night-time economy and to put the canal at the heart of the town centre.
Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and skills, said: “Both reports are vitally important as a guide to future development in both Southport and Bootle. They are two completely different towns with their own strengths and opportunities. We commissioned two separate frameworks in order to ensure that these two towns have the best opportunity to develop and reach their potential.”