Formby Labour campaigner says more should be done to encourage l

Ben Bentley

 

A Formby campaigner says the number of empty shops in Formby Village is an indication that the Conservative-Liberal Democrat economic policy is squeezing local retailers out of existence.

Ben Bentley, who is Labour's candidate for Harington Ward at May's local elections, said the number of empty shops in the Village was a worrying sign.

The Labour campaigner said more must be done to safeguard local shops.

Ben said: "I know we have been complaining about the number of empty shops in the Village for years, but we currently have six empty shops on Brows Lane and Chapel Lane.

"That is the heart of our community and one which we are slowly seeing strangled into extinction.

"We need a thriving town centre which will be an asset to the people who live here as well as an attraction to people from outside.

"We have lots of potential with nice coffee shops and restaurants, but we need to reattract the local retailers and independent businesses so that we can provide something which no other town centre can."

Ben said he wanted to see more support for local people to set up businesses in the empty shops.

Ben said: "We are going through a very turbulent time at the moment because of the Tory-Lib Dem cuts with lots of people facing unemployment. Many of them will want to set up their own businesses.

"There are empty shops which the council is losing out from because of the wasted rates. So I'd like to see Sefton incentivise local entrepreneurs to set up shop right here in Formby.

"We need to encourage entrepreneurship because the jobs are simply not available at the moment.

"It will be a way of getting people off the dole and it will at the same time rejuvenate our fantastic town centre."