Extra time allowed to ‘engage’ on road plans

Extra time allowed to ‘engage’ on road plans

by Tom Martin (November 2021)

A CONSULTATION on controversial plans to make major changes to some of Southport town centre’s roads has been extended by the council “in order to continue ongoing engagement.”

The local authority is currently working with walking and cycling charity Sustrans on the Southport Liveable Neighbourhood, which is a scheme designed to “encourage walking and cycling for short journeys.”

Some of the changes could see traffic blocked from entering certain roads.

Last month there was a protest held outside Salvation Army, on Shakespeare Street, after a number of residents gathered to show their opposition to the proposal.

Some of those against the plans claim it could make it difficult for people to get to work on time or for parents to take their children to school.

The ‘project area’ is located immediately to the south of Southport town centre and includes Portland Street, Duke Street and Shakespeare Street, with Lineker Primary School in the middle of the plans.

The new deadline for the consultation is now Sunday, December 19.

An open public engagement session will also be held at the Salvation Army Centre on Tuesday, November 30.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “These proposals are completely a collaborative process, where we want to work with and listen to the local community to co-design improvements to our neighbourhoods.

“That is why we have extended our in-depth consultation process, further allowing for an open forum for the whole community to get involved in, regardless of their views on the environment, transport and travel.

“We will be writing to all households and businesses within this area to encourage continued engagement in this important conversation.

“We are working closely with Sustrans to ensure that we are seeking to engage the whole community in the Liveable Neighbourhoods; from school children to adults of all ages and business owners”

To view the consultation, visit the website:  www.sustrans.org.uk/SouthportLN

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