Challenge proposed unfair planning on public land opposite Victoria Leisure, Southport.

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Challenge proposed unfair planning on public land opposite Victoria Leisure, Southport.

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Victoria Leisure started this petition to Sefton Council

You may have seen an article recently regarding the proposed development of 55 car parking spaces for a new entrant and competitor in the form of a budget gym directly opposite Victoria on the Promenade. In response to the overwhelming support from valued members and non-members alike who oppose the use of the land, we would like to further invite this support from local people via this e-petition based on the following points.

The car parking allocation on the Waterfront is something we have enquired about via our local council in the past. Victoria approached the council about the possibility of obtaining considerably fewer car parking spaces than the proposed 55 (several times over the years), but unfortunately we were not afforded this luxury. We acknowledged and respected this decision, because we were informed that the area in question is public recreational land. It provides locals with a place to run, cycle and plays a key role for many local people who may be less mobile living in our town’s care homes.

Before you show your support in our opposition of the proposed parking scheme by adding your email address and hopefully signing this e-petition, we would like to reiterate the following;

-       Over 37 years of trading we have embraced competition in this great town and we will continue to do so where it is fair and reasonable.

-       We are in the main, keen to understand why the council is willing to pander to a new entrant in handing over public recreational land and compromise the area.

Points for consideration before signing;

1.    The scale of the application we’re appealing against completely contradicts the “local plan” for Southport worked on by Sefton Council for three years, which states that no extra parking should be developed taking away from core community space. Our enquiries for parking provision have always been rejected. We simply expect a level playing field. Under the proposed plans for 55 spaces, thousands of extra car movements per week will pass by an already underused car park, increasing the risk of accidents for walkers, runners, cyclists and families. Not to mention a serious lack of pavement infrastructure for pedestrians which won’t be fit for purpose and has not been costed for.

2.    In an attempt to sway the application to Sefton Council by the proposed gym operator, inaccurate and wildly exaggerated figures have been put forward concerning the creation of 35 full time jobs. There is evidence to suggest this operator does not have this intention at all.

3.    We’ve created REAL jobs and careers for local people as a family business. Why is the council pandering to a developer who has already benefitted from multi-million pound European Funding (Public Funding), by granting them a private car park on public recreational land?

  4.    Victoria, like other private businesses has embraced competition over 37 years of trading in this great town, investing over £1.2 million preserving the heritage of the iconic baths building. We absolutely do not expect special treatment for this, but making it so straight forward for a competitor to benefit commercially within metres of Victoria does not set a good example for local people thinking of starting up a business in the town. If there is ample parking at Ocean Plaza and surrounding areas, why can we not all share it?

5.    To allow the non-local operator to set up shop opposite with 55 parking spaces, with such a loss in public space, pedestrian safety and the environment is anti-competitive practice.  

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This petition had 443 supporters