Southport was shortlisted for the Towns Fund with the prerequisite that its community would be instrumental in shaping an investment plan. The project being entered is the 'whole-town engagement' that informed this plan. This was successfully delivered during 2020 with Covid-19 requiring an innovative approach to virtual engagement.
The consultation resulted in over 7,000 individual pieces of feedback, engaged 1,000 young people, created positivity and boosted investor enquiries. This was the largest recorded response to a single consultation in the town. The engagement also helped unlock funding for priority community projects which are now on-site and creating social value.