Tuesday, 9 November 2010
The builder who won the controversial contract to refurbish Southport Market looks likely to go into administration. The Visiter has the story here. It seems that the Kew Meadow School extension is also caught up in the business failure.It is clear to me that because of the expanding population up at Kew the school does need to go ahead. But as to the market at a time when we are seeing cutbacks across the public sector which will impact on important services it has always seemed wrong to us to press ahead with this project. Southport is not short of retail units and the one planned for the Market have been dubbed as a 'Harrod's Food Hall.' The rent seems likely to be set at a level that will exclude start up units . Most telling of all NO private sector operation has been willing to invest one penny, confirming the view that this project carries 'significant financial risk'. Sadly Southport Tory Members on the Cabinet voted to push this and the building of a new leisure centre through. I don't know how they feel those decisioned are financial sensible in the present climate. I know there is back bench unrest on this issue and some Tories are saying openly 'I declare this leisure centre closed' and they are not talking about the one we are about to build.
Posted by iain at Tuesday, November 09, 2010