Botanic Gardens Car Park

Meols ward councillor John Dodd, who has led the campaign against the introduction of car parking charges said "I am over the moon that Cabinet Member, Councillor Fairclough has decided not to proceed with car parking charges. His decision is great news for the 1,000s of people who visit the park and for the volunteers who do a fantastic job making the Botanic Gardens Southport's jewel in the crown." 

Councillor John Dodd added "The decision is also great news for parents who use this car park to drop off children for Churchtown Primary School and will continue to give the children the chance of a walk through the park on their way to lessons. Councillor John Fairclough has listened to residents before making his decision.  Whilst we understand that the council is under financial pressure the projected income and costs involved with the introduction of the scheme here just didn't seem to add up”.

Sewer Collapse - Rufford Road

United Utilities are starting work on the sewers in Rufford Road, Monday 3rd August, and is expect it will take approximately 7 days to complete.

Councillors Advice Centres for August


Thursday, 27th August, at Cafe Moo Moo on Cambridge Road (by the junction with Preston New Road, next to Boots) Churchtown, between 10:30 am and 11:30 am.

Travellers Finally Leave Preston New Road 

After pressure on Sefton Council from Meols ward councillors, travellers finally leave Preston New Road. Caravans and motorhomes depart site where they set up last Thursday.

Merseyside Police, Meols Ward Newsletter

Merseyside Police: Meols Ward July - September Newsletter covering Crossens, Churchtown & Marshside.

Proposed Pay & Display, Botanic Gardens Car Park

Please sign our petition at Botanic Gardens cafĂ©, Churchtown, Southport against the Labour run Sefton Council proposal to put pay and display in Botanic Gardens car park, Verulam Road/Balmoral Drive.

Councillors Advice Centre - Saturday 11th July

Meols Ward Lib Dem Councillors John Dodd, Nigel Ashton and Jo Barton are holding their next advice centre on Saturday 11th July, from 11 am to 12 noon at St John's Primary School, Rufford Road, Crossens.

We will be there to meet you and discuss any Council problems you may have. No appointment necessary. Just pop in.

We also hold a monthly advice centre in Churchtown, at Cafe Moo Moo on Cambridge Road (by the junction with Preston New Road, next to Boots) on the fourth Thursday of every month (except December) from 10:30 - 11:30 am.

Councillors Advice Centres for July


Saturday, 11th July, St John's Primary School, Rufford Road, Crossens, between 11am and 12 noon. 


Thursday, 23rd July, at Cafe Moo Moo on Cambridge Road (by the junction with Preston New Road, next to Boots) Churchtown, between 10:30 am and 11:30 am.

Human Rights Act

Today 30th June, John Pugh MP for Southport will stand up in the House of Commons and talk about the Human Rights Act. Following on from Southport Liberal Democrat's Action Day on the Human Rights Act on Saturday, 27th June, John will talk about why the Act is important to him and why the Liberal Democrats are right to value protecting it so highly.

I'm sure that we will be asked why we think the Human Rights Act is so important, in fact we were on Saturday. My answer is that the core values of the Human Rights Act overlap so clearly with our values as Liberal Democrats. I don't think that anything sums that up more than the preamble to our constitution which (with an apology to those who know it word-for-word) says this:

"The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity."

As with every other time that John speaks on a topic, we can be sure that his comments will be thoughtful, well considered and absolutely clear in their message.

Please remember that if you wish to help out with any of our campaigns, show your support or get involved in any other way, you can contact Southport Lib Dems on 01704 533555.