I read a great article last year in a local magazine written by a previous Southport resident and businessman talking about how to regenerate and re-energise our town (I wish I could find as I would post it!). His ideas were based on using what made Southport famous in Victorian times as the basis upon which to build again. People came here for rest, recuperation, to improve their health and well-being, to eat well, for leisure activities and to have fun. Southport has some great outdoor spaces, great parks, great golf courses and obvious tourist attractions. The town has some great events held throughout the year. We need to package these things up to attract people to the town and make sure they return. We need spa hotels/resorts promoting wellbeing. When stores like Debenhams close we need to ensure these buildings are redeveloped for multi-use to include apartments, boutique hotels, community spaces, small retail spaces, cafes and restaurants, family attractions.
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