WORK has begun on a sparkling scheme to provide new decorative lighting along an historic mile-long shopping boulevard in Southport.
The provision of new lights along Lord Street was made possible thanks to Southport BID. They have worked with Sefton Council to secure £100,000 through a Government Acceleration Grant, under the Southport Town Deal. The BID has provided further match-funding for the scheme.
Work on the substantial scheme will be carried out by Southport family firm IllumiDex UK Ltd, which is also installing Southport’s sparkling 18 metre Christmas tree as well as the town’s festive decorations.
The firm will have the painstaking task of removing three and a half tonnes of obsolete lighting from trees along both sides of Lord Street. Work began on Tuesday, November 10 with the team starting from the trees outside Farmfoods, at the Southport Community Fire and Ambulance Station end of the boulevard before heading down to the Morrison’s end a mile away - and then back down the other side. The discarded lights would stretch for the equivalent of 22.5 miles if laid out end to end.
Southport BID’s chief executive Rachel Fitzgerald said: “The current lights in Southport have deteriorated to a point where they need completely replacing. There is a substantial cost to providing new lights in Southport, and removing the old ones.
“Southport BID welcomes the contribution of £100,000 from the Town Deal Fund which will go some way towards the initial costs of the new lights. The remainder of the money will be paid for by the BID, which will also pay for ongoing maintenance costs.
“The lights are something for the whole town, and for visitors, to enjoy. They create a feelgood factor which will encourage people to come and shop, dine out and stay in Southport, increasing spend with local businesses.
“We instructed an independent company to assess the tenders for the work and IllumiDex came out top. We were independently advised that they are the best both in terms of the quality of their work, and best value for money.”
Southport BID has recently launched the new Southport Gift Card as a way of encouraging people to support local businesses. For more details please visit: https://southportbid.com/southport-gift-card/ or for more details about Southport BID go to southportbid.com