As part of an ongoing restoration project to regenerate the town since his election, Cllr Barton has met with Council officers on site and has pledged to commit the necessary funding of £7,200 to restore all 16 trees along the Lord Street boulevard vista.
This will be funded in two parts, the first being through local ward funds at Cllr Barton’s request (all Ward Councillors have supported this) and the second being through the Southport Area Committee where Cllr Barton has called upon the Committee to support his funding request for the remaining £3,500 amount.
Cllr David Barton, who is a councillor for Dukes Ward, has reported all cracked tree pits where there are trees presently for repair and maintenance works.
Cllr Harry Bliss in neighbouring Cambridge Ward has already committed ward funds to replace 6 trees along a similarly tree-lined boulevard street in Cambridge Avenue, after receiving requests from concerned residents earlier this year.
David Barton said:“Being a lifelong Southport businessman, as well as a local volunteer with Lord Street in Bloom, I’ve had the opportunity to survey Lord Street on a regular basis.
“The ongoing tree-stump situation arose due to 16 trees having reached the end of their natural life-cycle.
“The cost of a tree is approximately £450 this includes the creation of a new pit, supply, plant and 10 year after-care, including an intense 2 year establishment period where if the tree was to fail to establish the contractor would replace at no extra cost.
“I have spoken to many local residents about this and have worked consistently with the Council for a while to achieve the best possible outcome.
“This long- awaited restoration work can only support our local community and tourist economy alike.”