Cycle lanes on Hoghton Street in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Southport MP Damien Moore will host a public meeting at Holy Trinity Church on Hoghton Street this weekend, open to any Southport resident or business who wants to see the town centre cycle lanes and bollards removed.

The meeting will take place on Saturday, 20th August 2022 between 1pm and 2:30pm at Holy Trinity Church on Hoghton Street, with attendees being asked to arrive for 12:45pm. 

The meeting is open to any resident, business, or organisation opposed to the town centre cycle lanes.

It comes following an announcement by Sefton Council that a decision on whether to keep,

scrap, or amend the town centre cycle lanes will be taken in the Autumn.

Mr Moore says that there is overwhelming public opposition to the lanes and bollards brought in

back in 2020, which replaced on-street parking on Hoghton Street and closed off Queens Road to passing traffic.

The MP says the alterations have severely impacted the businesses and organisations along the road, including the historic church.

Mr Moore is encouraging those opposed to the scheme to come to the meeting, which requires no booking, to hear how the lanes have impacted upon businesses and residents.

Those in attendance will be given an opportunity to share their thoughts on how the community can come together to have the scheme removed once and for all.

An update will also be provided on both the Liveable Neighbourhood Scheme which was proposed by Sefton Council and Sustrans, and the Sefton Council plans to extend the town centre lanes and bollards across Southport – from Crossens to Ainsdale.

Damien Moore, MP for Southport, said:

“Everybody knows of my resolute opposition to Sefton Council’s cycle lane plans, which have been detrimental to businesses and residents in the town centre.

“At a time when Southport is rebuilding from the pandemic, removing vital on-street parking and

littering our town’s streets with bollards is not the answer. I’m hosting this meeting to give residents and businesses the opportunity to share the impact the cycle lanes have had on them, and to provide an update on the way forward.

“I’d encourage everybody who shares my concerns with the town centre cycle lanes, the Liveable Neighbourhood Scheme, and the plans to extend the lanes across the town to come to the meeting so that we, as a community, can determine a way forward.”

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