My colleague John Dodd has sent me a copy of a statement he has made about the Fernery in Botantic Gardens. I know John speaks for many people in the town on this issue-indeed over 2000 have signed a petition. I sincerely hope that this matter can be resolved. Her is John's statement
Lib Dem Cllr John Dodd has spoken out against Labour’s proposed budget cuts in funding for the Botanic Gardens aviary and fernery.
Cllr Dodd declared “Botanic Gardens is the jewel in Sefton’s crown. The fernery and aviary are two of the popular attractions that draw visitors to the Botanic Gardens and to Southport as a whole. It is outrageous that, due to further budget cuts, they will be forced to close. The road-train and boats were casualties of previous cuts and again, last year, the Botanic Gardens took another tremendous hit. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! I vehemently support the retention of both the aviary and fernery. I will continue to campaign to this effect up to, and including Thursday, 1st March when Sefton Council’s budget meeting takes place at Bootle Town Hall. I simply cannot take a back seat and casually observe the brutal, continuous destruction of Southport‘s rich heritage”.