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  1. Published on: 18/09/2019 06:48 AMReported by: roving-eye
    The BID, who were recently voted in by businesses for a second five year term, fund the town's Christmas decorations.

    Money raised from local businesses funds the town centre lights and tree and the BID put on the huge Christmas switch on event each year.

    There are some new attractions and events being planned for this season, but the BID regret the ice rink won’t be among them.


    They say of the decision: 'Lots of people had lots of fun on our open-air ice rink last year and Southport BID has worked very hard for the last three months trying to find the funding to recreate the attraction as part of our Christmas package for the town in 2019.

    'The ice rink in 2018 was part funded, through Sefton Council, by funds given to the town by North Western Trains following the disruption of strike action during the year. Unfortunately, there is no funding available to the BID this year so the Board were forced to make a difficult decision not to put the ice rink on.

    'It would cost almost a quarter of our annual budget and if we add in the Christmas tree, our beautiful lights and the light switch on event it would take half of the total annual budget. As we head into a new term we had to review whether this represented the best possible value to all of our levy payers, all possibilities have been looked into and it was not something we decided upon lightly.'


    Susannah Porter, Chair of Southport BID said “as we have previous announced we are conducting formal consultation with levy payers to find out more about how they would like to see their levy spent in the town and ensure our projects and activity reflects the balance of everyone’s priorities. We will review the possibility of an ice rink for the future based on feedback, or if more funding becomes available to us.”


    Sarah Rodriguez, Event Coordinator for Southport BID said “We are planning some other great entertainment and town centre activities for families during the Christmas period, to draw visitors into the town, we will be announcing plans very soon. We hope you are looking forward to this year’s Christmas light switch on on Sunday 17 November! It is our headline event and the biggest in the town centre. It has grown each year and for 2019 we have some stunning new decorations and fantastic acts planned! Watch this space!”

    Announcements about their attraction for Halloween will be made this weekend and the first of the Christmas announcements next week.

    For more information and updates head to southportbid.com or follow them on social channels @southportbid
     

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  3. local says:18/09/2019 07:10 AM
    It would be good for Southport Bid to publish all the numbers.

    The rink seemed well attended when passing.

  4. jamyramy says:19/09/2019 08:25 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by local View Post
    It would be good for Southport Bid to publish all the numbers.

    The rink seemed well attended when passing.
    well after they've taken their wage wedge and the jobs for the boyos in the club .not much left to actually do the job in hand.!

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  6. JohnBoy says:23/09/2019 07:04 AM
    If it can't pay for itself we should not be having it

  7. Ceam says:23/09/2019 08:12 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by JohnBoy View Post
    If it can't pay for itself we should not be having it
    Think I've got to agree with this.

  8. ausard2 says:24/09/2019 01:14 PM
    Totally agree , it has to pay for
    itself. Otherwise questions of why
    not spend money on the parks etc.


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