Is Tourism Important to Southport? – Have your Say

Sefton Council's Tourism Service could be abolished as part of the next round of cuts. The Council are carrying out a consultation to find out what people think. It is important that the Council hears from as many residents as possible.

The Tourism Service supports the Sefton Visitor Economy (worth £374 million), of which 74% (£278 million) is spent in Southport and generates 5,300 jobs in the town.

Proposals could cost 1,000 jobs

Sefton Council itself says that: "At least 22% of Southport’s tourism expenditure is directly enabled by Council destination marketing, events, conference sales and contracts – and is therefore at risk if the Tourism service ceases. This equates to approx 1,000 jobs at risk, with a cost to the Exchequer of £7m per annum and to the Council of £1m per annum (council tax rebates, housing benefit etc)."

Sefton Council has to find total savings of around £70 million in a three year period. The target for savings next year (2012/13) is £20 million. All services across the council are being looked at to see if savings can be made. Your views will inform the Sefton Cabinet, which will meet February 2012 to agree what to recommend to the full Council for decision.

To take part in the consultation on the Tourism Service click on any of the Have your say here links on this page, which will take you to Sefton's consultation. Then click the Give us your views button on the consultation page and answer the questions. If you want to see the proposals in full click on the Documents tab on the consultation page.

The consultation ends on the 13th of January.