Council pledge £400k for repairs to Cambridge Arcade

Council pledge £400k for repairs to Cambridge Arcade

by Tom Martin (November 2021)

CAMBRIDGE Arcade will get a much-needed revamp after Sefton Council agreed to spend £400,000 to fix damaged canopies and glasswork.

The walkway, which has been a Grade II listed building since 1972, has been in need of refurbishment for several years.

In a recent council report, the work was classed as priority one, meaning it is ‘requiring immediate intervention’. The work is part of a wider plan to address priority one maintenance needs in the borough, with Southport and Bootle Town Halls both requiring roof repairs.

Despite the £400,000 investment being welcomed, Dukes Ward councillor John Pugh, believes more will be needed to address the arcade at ground level. He said: “Credit where credit is due. This is a move in the right direction and will be welcomed by all local councillors who have been lobbying either publicly or privately for action.

“We can’t let eagerness for new developments distract us from keeping valuable assets in good shape. Victorian arcades are a key defining feature of town’s like Southport. The contrast between the privately owned Burton Arcade and the publicly owned Cambridge Walk area has been stark.

“However, improvements in the Cambridge Arcade will only throw into sharp relief the sadly dilapidated state of the Princess Diana gardens which must now be a multi-million restoration project as much of the stonework is beyond repair. That has to be on the heritage asset sick list too”.

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