Following the 50-year extension of Pleasureland’s lease, granted last month by Sefton Council, Southport is set to see a raft of new investments to boost its popularity as a seaside resort.
A multi-million pound cash injection in the theme park – which will add a new Dinosaur Park and revamp the Lakeside Miniature Railway – will take place alongside improvements in transport, heritage spaces, and entertainment venues. Our investment into Southport is ongoing,” said cabinet member for regeneration and skills Marion Atkinson. We continue to financially support the Atkinson, Southport Theatre and its conference centre and Southport Market, and there slots more in the pipeline.
The Pleasureland project alone is expected to deliver £25m annually into the town’s economy, alongside creating 1,000 jobs, with the upcoming £1.2m refurbishment of the theatre also predicted to deliver significant tourism returns.
The Southport Townscape Heritage Project – supported by a £1.6m grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund – will also enhance the quality and strength of the linkages between the town centre and the seafront.”
Additionally, an immediate £570,000 investment in the dilapidated Victoria Baths is planned for the next few months, before a full £6m renovation project, alongside the modernisation of the market.