Southport's famous Botanic Gardens are once again in the news concerning proposed "cuts" by Sefton Council.
I read with interest a recent posing on Southport Visiter's Facebook page by Sefton's labour leader Peter Dowd.
He made a couple of statements that I'd like to comment on.
Firstly, he stated:
“In my view there has been a lot of misinformation flying around about the proposals that suits some political parties, and what they are saying is boarding on fantasy."
I think I can safely assume that he refers to my political party, the Liberal Democrats. Yes my party has been campaigning to save the gardens, but we have not campaigned to save them from closure, the campaign has been to save them from the effects of the cuts. The proposal is to make the 3 members of staff redundant and this will have a huge impact on the level of support presently offered by volunteers working in the park. I've not heard of any plans to close the park, unless Labour are including the park as one of their potential sites for building houses on green spaces.
Secondly he stated:
"The staff are in the line for redundancy – more than £40,000 will be saved through that option and all that money will then go back in to continue to run the gardens."
Once again this is incorrect. How can you "save" £40,000 and then put it back into the parks budget? If it is taken as a saving it is taken away isn't it?