Bootle New Strand shopping centre
Following the recent news that Sefton Council intends to throw another £3m+ of public money at the Strand Shopping Center in Bootle the Leader of the opposition on the Council, Cllr. John Pugh has this to say:-
“Having burdened us with £32 M pounds of debt buying the asset, Sefton Council wants to spend another £3.I million pounds this year on their new toy to enable councillors to play “shops”.
The council should concentrate on its day job and stop pretending it’s a player in the risky retail market.
The fact that a year after the purchase of the Strand, it’s having to fix the roof shows how far its out of its depth.
We were told extensive checks were made prior to purchase. Looking at the roof might have been a good idea!
This is embarrassing for the council and wasting the money of hard-pressed, council tax payers.”