Save town’s street lights!
CALLS are being made for cash to help preserve Southport’s historic streetlights ‘before they become an eyesore.’
Town centre campaigner David Barton, who is councillor for Dukes Ward, says the ornamental circular lamp posts along Lord Street have become ‘particularly corroded and tarnished’ from the elements.
He has put forward a funding request for more regular cleaning and structural maintenance of the ornamental lights and has also requested a number of locations be incorporated into the Council's budget programme for full restorative works at the soonest opportunity including Tulketh Street, Bridge Street and Lord Street West.
He said the posts have become an iconic part of the town but are in need of vital repair work before they become an eyesore. Cllr Barton told the Champion: “A full strip and repainting costs £125 for a four-metre ornamental circular balustrade lamp post including cast iron globe gallery and £130 for a 10-metre Steel Lamp Post. The works would involve a full scraping-down and repainting with resistant paint lasting up to a decade.”
He added: “I am hoping the other district councillors can truly serve the best interests of their community and finally grant permission for this funding request to boost Southport's fortunes and reputation as a classic resort town.”