A FORMER pumping station in Southport’s King’s Gardens will be sold by Sefton Council and transformed into a new eatery.
The 1950s building, which is located at the edge of the park opposite Morrisons supermarket, will be taken over by a private developer and turned into a restaurant and bar.
Currently being used as a storage facility, the council say the pumping station will need a “significant level of investment” to carry out a wide-scale revamp.
However, it is located in a prime location in the town centre and offers a lot of potential for the new developer.
Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “With any asset disposal, the best interests of the community are at heart and we were not prepared to rush the sale of the pumping station until we were confident that any redevelopment would ensure both a social and economic boost to the area.
“The pumping station is in a prominent location and bringing the building into active public use will complement the already incredible King’s Gardens offer.
“The new owners want to transform the space into a lovely food and drink establishment, which will not only be a great attraction for visitors but also create job opportunities for the people of Southport.” Full details of the final proposal are still to be agreed and will be subject to Call-In, Planning and Building Regulations Approvals by the council before works commence.
Sefton Council and its agents began a process of marketing the building for redevelopment earlier this year.
Considerable interest was shown and as a result, council approval has been obtained to bring the building back to life.
It is hoped the proposals will encourage more people to visit this part of King’s Gardens while also creating new job opportunities for local people.
Any future use of the pumping station building will be subject to Statutory Approvals and Lease terms. Repurposing the building will involve a significant level of investment from the developer in terms of repair and conversion costs.
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