Mum divides opinion by branding people 'miserable sods' over mural

By Benjamin Roberts-haslam

A Southport mum has divided opinion with her comments about a 'contentious' artwork that appeared on a derelict building in Ainsdale.

Toad Hall on Ainsdale seafront was emblazoned with a £10,000 mural intended to bring a new lease of life to the area.

The mural was commissioned by Sefton Council, with artist Paul Curtis spending weeks on the piece.

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Since the mural first appeared, it has divided opinions in the area - but one woman, Southport business owner and mum-of-four Farah Thompson, took to Facebook to point out the positives of the new lizard inspired artwork.

She said: "Sick of the negativity! How can anyone say that toad hall looked better before, boarded up and derelict.

"Now it is covered with a beautiful bright artwork and all the miserable sods are coming out of the woodwork. Let's see if we can post something positive about this artwork please - if you want to whinge find one of the other posts.

"This one is for happy people. Thank you Paul Curtis Artwork."

Plenty of people took the time to comment, with not everyone being positive about the new feature.

One man wrote: "I'm not miserable. It's a matter of taste, public money, accountability.

"I would prefer a fully used and maintained building. Murals of any type are contentious. And any public artwork proposal should surely be aired fully before beginning.

"The idea that if I disagree with a project I get labelled 'miserable' is unfair. I've got a degree and MA in fine art. I therefore say in all seriousness I could do better."

Others took to the post agreeing with the positive views of the work.

One woman commented: "Bright, bold and beautiful.

"A majestic piece of artwork in a time when the world needs more positivity and it compliments its surroundings. Loving this post"

The former Toad Hall Nightclub at Ainsdale before work began on the new mural (Andrew Teebay/Liverpool Echo)

Sefton Council is currently holding a public consultation on the future of the area.

All residents are urged to send in their opinions and ideas to help shape the future of the seaside.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We recognise the need to create high quality visitor infrastructure at a number of access points along the Sefton coast, to drive growth within the visitor economy and provide a high-quality visitor experience.

"This will also reduce visitor pressure on our coastal communities as well as areas of high conservation value - protecting our special wildlife and landscape.

“Ainsdale-on-Sea has been recognised as one of these key access points and we are keen to hear what our residents would like to see prioritised as we draw up our development plans for the area to complement the investment already underway.”

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