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  1. Published on: 11/01/2017 11:30 AMReported by: roving-eye


    Sefton Council are planning cuts of almost 750,000 to the budget for The Atkinson and Tourism in Southport.

    The Atkinson will have 414,000 taken away and Tourism will see 335,000 disappear.

    The cuts are outlined in a document prepared for the Cabinet meeting on Thursday 12th January at Southport Town Hall.

    Olocal has asked for comments from local Councillors about this matter.

    The full document can be read here
             

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  3. Ric says:11/01/2017 12:12 PM
    The town relies on tourism, cut the tourism budget again, cut the tourists visiting, kill the town, good job sefton council.

  4. John1 says:11/01/2017 12:55 PM
    As the Atkinson is a leisure facility why close it on a Sunday?
    I appreciate Sunday is somewhat special for many reasons (including the cost of opening it) but surely Sunday is one of the days where you might attract visitors

  5. Mr. Brightside says:11/01/2017 01:34 PM
    Well having read the document shown 6 of the 9 proposed changes are actually increases in income rather than cuts.

  6. clive764 says:11/01/2017 01:43 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by John1 View Post
    As the Atkinson is a leisure facility why close it on a Sunday?
    I appreciate Sunday is somewhat special for many reasons (including the cost of opening it) but surely Sunday is one of the days where you might attract visitors
    Totally agree. Open on Sundays, close it on Monday. Better/more footfall and potential income at weekends. Why isn't there more intelligent innovative thinking rather than just the same old routine??

  7. Mr. Brightside says:11/01/2017 02:53 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by John1 View Post
    As the Atkinson is a leisure facility why close it on a Sunday?
    I appreciate Sunday is somewhat special for many reasons (including the cost of opening it) but surely Sunday is one of the days where you might attract visitors
    Agreed, they should be looking at longer opening hours for a building that generates revenue.
    Same with Dunes/Splashworld, they close it between Xmas and new year when the kids are off and want to use it.

  8. dav says:11/01/2017 05:38 PM
    Moronic to shut the Atkinson on a Sunday when there is the opportunity for daytime as well as evening events. (Monday would be a much better option). Seems like typical Council think.

  9. joan ofarc says:11/01/2017 07:56 PM
    The management of The Atkinson is not commercially minded enough. Closing for two weeks over the Christmas period is ludicrous given that that is exactly when people want to go out. Sefton have consistently refused to treat The Atkinson as an exemption to their policy of enforcing unpaid leave to employees. Why is the bar not open on a regular basis? It could be a great afternoon and evening venue.
    Sooner or later Sefton will say they have to close The Atkinson because it doesn't make enough money!

  10. F2.8 says:12/01/2017 06:56 PM
    looks like no employees are being made redundant, so not all bad news ....

  11. *concerned* says:12/01/2017 07:04 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by joan ofarc View Post
    Why is the bar not open on a regular basis? It could be a great afternoon and evening venue.
    !
    Yep, a group of 8 of us had a evening/get together a few weeks ago, and on moving from one drinking venue to another (for a change) we passed the Atkinson, foyer was full, bar was shut!


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