Southport Botanic Gardens in cuts concern

Sefton Council is discussing measures to save money at Southport Botanic Gardens

Sefton Council is proposing cutting three full-time council employees who work with Botanic Gardens volunteers to manage the gardens, closing the Botanic Gardens plant shop, outsourcing the management of the Botanic Gardens aviary and fernery and imposing car parking charges at the car park.

There is an online petition against the cuts, which are part of Sefton Council's planned £55m cuts over the next two years.

Sefton said the measures could have a "potential significant impact on one of Southport’s main tourist destinations eg fewer visitor numbers" and could potentially increase anti-social behaviour at the park.

Sefton Council said the park is not closing and only the possibility of closing the plant shop at Botanic Gardens and potentially outsourcing the management of the fernery and aviary will go before councillors.

A final decision is expected to be made at Sefton Council's budget meeting in March 2015.


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