Sefton Council’s tourism bosses have welcomed London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s enthusiasm for Londoners to visit Liverpool – but are keen to remind him that Sefton is also well worth a trip!
Following Mr Khan’s recent visit to Liverpool, during which he said ‘we are keen to get Londoners to come up to Liverpool to experience it’s cultural delights,’ Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills is also keen to showcase Sefton to southerners.
She said: “Visitors to Merseyside may be surprised to learn that just to the north of Liverpool, Sefton has 22 miles of stunning coastline, that includes beautiful beaches and a vast landscape of sand dunes and woodlands.
“Environmentally sensitive and protected it is home to some rare species including the Natterjack Toad and Red Squirrel.
“Sefton is also ideally located on England’s Golf coast, which includes the Royal Birkdale, West Lancashire, Bootle, Southport and Ainsdale, Hesketh, Formby and Hillside clubs.
“And at Crosby, the 100 cast iron figures that make up sculptor Antony Gormley’s spectacular installation Another Place, gaze out across the Irish Sea.
“Additionally, at the north end of the Borough is popular seaside town Southport. The town’s central Lord Street was the inspiration for Paris’ famous boulevards, and it is home to the country’s oldest Iron Pier and second longest overall. And it is home to the British Lawnmower Museum.
“Sefton Council has secured £37.5 million of Town Deal for Southport and there are plans to invest in a Marine Lake Events Centre, The Light Fantastic, which will be the UK’s first light, water and sound show. And, bids by Sefton Council worth up to £20 million each to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund, could also see the country’s first ‘Flying Cinema’ developed in Bootle town centre, featuring a “Fly Over Britain” experience.
“The whole of Merseyside and the Liverpool City region is full of hidden treasures and surprises so we would echo Sadiq Khan’s message to Londoners.
“Come and visit us but make sure you come for long enough to take in all we have to offer.”