Ainsdale Beach car park has now re-opened.
Earlier this Green Sefton took the decision to close the car park due to essential sewerage works being carried out by United Utilities at a nearby leisure site.
Owing to the large number of vehicles and the machinery on site, the decision was taken to temporarily close Ainsdale Beach car park to ensure public safety.
Sefton Council is asking people who do come to the beach to act responsibly, to be considerate to local residents and to follow the measures in place to protect them and their loved ones from COVID-19.
Sefton Council recently developed a Coastal Visitor Action Plan which sets out some of the measure in pace. As well as the re-opening of Ainsdale Beach Car Park, these have included the introduction of portable loos and skips where people can leave their rubbish.
This short video shows some of the measure in place as part of the Coastal Visitor Action Plan.
When the plan was launched, Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “We have proposed a wider range of measures to meet the requirements of residents, visitors and employees and our beautiful coastal environment while at the same time keeping them safe in terms of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Government’s national guidelines.
The Council has been asking people not to light barbecues or fires or to take glass bottles and other items onto the beach as they can cause fires and dangerous litter if left behind.
People are also being reminded that a Public Spaces Protection Order is in place preventing the outdoor consumption of alcohol in areas of Formby & Ainsdale Beaches, Southport Promenade and town centre, Crosby & Waterloo including by the Marine Lake as well as Bootle and Formby town centres. The Order can be enforced by Police officers and authorised Council officers and fines for breaching it start at £50.