Sefton carries on with Botanic Gardens cuts
Labour-run Sefton Council is determined to ruin Botanic Gardens, which is known as
'The Jewel in Southport 's Crown '.
The Council want to cut the three remaining plant nursery staff, close the
plant shop, and 'outsource ' the fernery and aviary. A petition opposing the
cuts, with over 4,800 names, was presented to the January meeting of the
Council by pupils from . Councillor Churchtown
School Nigel Ashton spoke in support of the petition,
saying "Although Botanic Gardens will remain open, the question is what
sort of Gardens will we
have, and will they be worth visiting?" "Botanic Gardens is a major
tourist attraction", Nigel Ashton
told the Council meeting. "The cuts are not even economically literate.
The money lost from tourism will cost Sefton more than the £45,000 you hope to
save." Southport 's
MP John Pugh is a vocal supporter of Botanic Gardens. John says “Every
generation of Southport families has enjoyed
the Botanic and treasures it. People passionately believe the council proposals
are a step too far.” Liberal Democrat councillors will try to overturn the cuts
to Botanic Gardens at the Council 's annual
budget meeting in March.
Posted by John Dodd