Arcade as a scene of “Final Destination” for the injection of money for repairs
A Merseyside arcade that has been compared to a stage outside the final destination is ready for much needed upgrades.
Concerns have been expressed about the future of Cambridge Arcade in Southport with the arcade in a dilapidated condition.
The once majestic gateway is a Grade II listed building, which was listed on November 15, 1972.
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Tap and Bottle owner Julian at the corner of Cambridge Arcade and Cambridge Walk previously told ECHO: “They shot each other in the foot because if they had held it it would be in a worse situation.
“I think now maybe it’s gotten to a point where maybe it’s just too bad. To be honest it’s the honest truth and I’m not a nervous person but sometimes I walk towards the bottom [the arcade], I look up and it’s like a scene from Final Destination where you think you might be stabbed through glass.
“I saw pieces fall like a piece of soft plywood that got wet and fell. Fortunately, it didn’t hit anyone. We saw lamp shades fall, again it got damaged. chance not to touch anyone.
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“They’re just plastic but they could do some damage. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people, mostly older women, stumble. Two of them opened their lips.
“What worries me is that there might come a time when they’ll close the arcade. I’m not a council tenant, I’m a tenant of the company that owns Cambridge Walks. Even if they had to put everything together. , people are not going to fall. “
Sefton’s board has now announced plans to invest nearly £ 400,000 in the rejuvenation of the arcade.
In a recent report, the work was ranked as a priority, meaning it “requires immediate intervention.”
The report from Sefton Board’s Executive Director of Corporate Resources and Customer Services, Stephan Van Arendsen, describes “awning repairs” as the job to be done first.
The work is part of a larger plan to address priority maintenance items, with Southport and Bootle Town Halls both in need of roof repairs.
Deployment of the works is expected to cost Sefton’s council just under £ 2million, with the final figure estimated at £ 1.89million.
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