On 4th July 2018 the Metro Mayor, Steve Rotherham, launched a £6m fund to support the town centres in each of the 6 Merseyside local authorities, £1m for each borough.

Mayor Rotherham said: "Across our region so many of our towns have untapped potential. Our high streets face new challenges, with new technologies and changing customer habits, and must change in order to survive."

He established a new Town Centre Commission which will work closely with the local authorities, the Combined Authority's investment team and the local community to agree which towns to focus the fund on and producing plans for how each area's towns can thrive over the next 20 years.

Sefton's Labour Council have no credible strategy to deal with out town centres, and have no willingness to engage with local communities about the public's ideas for our high streets. The £1m funding is available from the Merseyside Combined Authority but Sefton Labour Council can't be bothered to apply.