Southport Market 2
The revamped market will have room for eight food and drink traders

Sefton looks to approve £1.4m Southport Market 

Dan Whelan

The planned redesign of the town’s market has been recommended for approval by the council’s cabinet next Thursday, a vital step towards progressing the project.

The proposed redesign and refurbishment of the town centre site, designed by Warrington-based studio DV8 Designs, would see the creation of a modern food and drinks space with space for eight food traders, along with a flexible events and market area. 

It is part of a larger town centre regeneration roadmap unveiled by Sefton Council last month, called Southport Vision 2050.

The planned market revamp is expected to generate a six-figure profit for Sefton Council three years after completion, compared to a current overspend of almost £300,000, according to a report submitted to the council ahead of next week’s meeting. 

Occupancy of the market is currently below 20%, resulting in a “significant overspend” on its £75,000 budget, the report noted. 

The market’s annual profit target stands at £162,000 but if it was to remain in its current guise, it is forecast to make a £130,000 loss for the next financial year, according to the council. 

DV8 CGI Southport Market

DV8 Designs was appointed to lead on the redesign of the market

Funding for the £1.4m market refresh has already been secured from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, which contributed £500,000 and the Southport Town Deal acceleration fund, a further £900,000. 

Work on the project could start later this year, subject to council approval. Under the plans, all market traders would be offered turnover rental agreements to ensure low risk to their business, the council report added. 

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour cabinet member for regeneration and skills, said: “This project is a cornerstone of what the Southport Town Deal is all about and securing additional external funding to completely transform the building shows real commitment from Sefton Council.” 

“There is a clear need to ensure this impressive venue evolves into a modern and stunning food and drinks space. 

“This project will create opportunities for new business start-ups and job creation, and we have shown our full commitment to helping these businesses to grow by implementing a turnover rental model.” 

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What a waste of money return it to what it was in the good old days when you had to struggle to get in and every stall taken

By The Knitter

The problem is @The Knitter is it 2020, not 1970. It needs a modern offering that will bring people in. Looks good.

By Zip

The price for the stalls must be right, gourmet markets may not last but a good authentic local offering with local produce just might. If SC charge too much if won’t work and the other increasing proportions of retail space in the town may become competition with a similar offer.

By Anonymous

Looks good, Southport is a wonderful town

By Anonymous

Dear all
That’s a great idea! Love southport, been coming on breaks for years, just what the towns needing for a boost. Look forward to seeing it completed.
Well done.
Regards
Mr ian mackay!

By Mr ian mackay

Think the council should look at regenerating the town as a wbole and leave rhe market. That was only upgraded a few years ago. Moreimportant to get the 32 plus empty shops filled on lord st not to mention the old bhs store and debernams atores plus all the empty ahops in chapel street and the 3 main arcades in the town. They should reduce the rates for shop keepers for one thi g to give them a chancesthe town is a disgrace. Like many others in this country.

By Phil

I agree with the knitter,s comments , all Sefton Council have achieved with so called improvements was to drive out all the market traders and leave an empty shell which they expect people to now fund by eating in an empty market .

By paul