Liz Savage, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate has taken local councillors to task over their lack of spending in Southport. Each Sefton Ward is allocated a certain amount of money based on its population. Local Councillors for each ward have to come to an agreement between them as to how the money is allocated in their wards.
Here's the link to the latest ward budgets published by Sefton Council:
Liz stated “I’m shocked at how little has been spent within Southport from the ward budgets particularly as in most wards all the councillors represent the same party and therefore it’s not political differences which is stopping the money from being spent” At the moment there is £112k allocated to Southport which has not been spent.
“Councillors in Southport are quick to point the finger at Sefton Council and say that they don’t pay regard to Southport, but when money has been allocated it hasn’t been spent. Only £305 has been allocated of the Kew Ward budget and £53 in Norwood. Meanwhile residents in Kew around the Folkestone Road area are having major issues in relation to parking and Dukes Ward residents are having issues with dog poo. This money could be spent on schemes to alleviate these problems. Some of the money could be spent on installing or updating play equipment. Other projects could include helping the Botanic Gardens, painting of railings in parks, bandstands generally things that make Southport a more pleasant place to live.”