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Have your say on a proposed PSPO across coastal and visitor areas in Sefton

Sefton Council are asking people to have their say on a proposed Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) across coastal and visitor areas.

A Public Space Protection Order is an official measure that is an enforceable part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

A public consultation, which will run for five weeks until Friday 24th June, has been launched today.

We are encouraging everyone to have their say on the proposed list of restrictions to be included in the PSPO, including the right to confiscate alcohol from those causing anti-social behaviour in certain locations.

The new order aims to support the Council and partner agencies manage visitor behaviour and protect our natural coastline and other popular visitor areas. Visitors can be tourists or local residents. The restrictions will be based on the existing Sefton Byelaws and in line with legislation associated with the protected status of the Sefton Coast.

Although most visitors know how to behave, sadly there are some who can act in an inappropriate manner that cause distress and disturbance to local residents and businesses, as well as causing damage to infrastructure in the area.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “While the majority of people do respect Sefton’s natural coast, we are keen to explore more ways to support Council officers and partner agencies manage those few who behave inconsiderately and who could cause damage to our unique Natural Coast.

“We want everyone coming to our beautiful coastline to enjoy their visit but also to do their bit to protect the environmentally sensitive site for other people, for local residents and for generations to come.

“I encourage all residents and visitors alike to share their thoughts and take part in the consultation.”

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “The use of Public Spaces Protection Orders are favoured by many local authorities as there is the opportunity to issue fixed penalty notices at the time of the offence being committed, allowing Officers more powers in managing visitor behaviour.

“Please take the time to read the proposed order and tell us what you think about it.”

The survey is available online on the Council’s consultation portal, Your Sefton Your Say.

Hard copy versions of the questionnaire are also available and are in Easy Read format. To request a hard copy or for further support with the consultation, people can call 0151 934 2962 or email greensefton@sefton.gov.uk

Further detail about the public consultation and proposed PSPO is available on the Council’s website, sefton.gov.uk/pspo

An update on allegations of rat poison present at Beach Lawn Park, Waterloo

A spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “We are aware of allegations of rat poison being present by a bin in Beach Lawn Park in Waterloo and want to reassure residents that these allegations are incorrect.

“What appears to be photographed is likely to be remnants of bird feed which could be suet based product. These products were probably dropped around the bin by someone who was feeding birds.

“Sefton Pest Control and Green Sefton have been working in partnership within this area to reduce to rodent population by installing waste bins with a feeding station beneath. This bin in particular has not had bait placed in it.

“We have spoken with the resident and cleared up the misunderstanding.

“We understand how stressful it can be if something is consumed is believed to be dangerous and we urge people to get in touch directly with the Council if they are unsure.

“This will help prevent false information being spread and the inevitable concern that can cause as well as enabling us to clear up any unwanted substances as was the case with this bird food. Please get in touch via the contact centre by calling 0345 140 0845.

“We are glad to be able to put these false allegations to rest but would also like to remind people that threats to Council employees are unacceptable.”

Photograph from the resident
Bird feed hanging in a garden
Bird feed hanger

 

Consultation and Engagement Panel consider Sefton’s coastal PSPO proposals

Today, Monday 16th May, Sefton Council’s Public Engagement and Consultation Panel are being asked to consider proposals for a consultation on a Public Spaces Protective Order (PSPO) across coastal and visitor areas.

A Public Space Protection Order is an official measure that is an enforceable part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Although the vast majority of visitors know how to behave, sadly there are some who can act in an inappropriate manner that cause distress and disturbance to local residents and businesses, as well as causing damage to infrastructure in the area.

PSPOs along Sefton’s coastline help the Council’s officers and its partner agencies by making clear what is acceptable and unacceptable.

Officers are developing the list of restrictions to be included in the PSPO, including the right to confiscate alcohol from those causing anti-social behaviour in certain locations. These will be based on the existing Sefton Byelaws and in line with legislation associated with the protected status of the Sefton Coast.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “While the majority of visitors do respect Sefton’s natural coast, we are keen to explore more ways to support Council officers and partner agencies manage those few who behave inconsiderately and who could cause damage to our unique Natural Coast.

“We want all people coming to our beautiful coastline to enjoy their visit but also to do their bit to protect the environmentally sensitive site for other people, for local residents and for generations to come.

“I encourage all residents and visitors alike to share their thoughts and take part in the consultation.”

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “The use of Public Spaces Protection Orders are favoured by many local authorities as there is the opportunity to issue fixed penalty notices at the time of the offence being committed, allowing Officers more powers in managing visitor behaviour.

“Please take the time to read the proposed order and tell us what you think about it.”

Have Your Say

The public consultation will run for five weeks from Friday 20th May to Friday 24th June, with the aim for the order to be active from July 2022 to July 2025.

The survey will be available online on the Council’s consultation portal, Your Sefton Your Say.

Hard copy versions of the questionnaire will also be available and will be in Easy Read format.

Further detail about the public consultation and proposed PSPO will be added to the Council’s website in the coming days.

Plan your trip to Sefton’s natural coast this Bank Holiday weekend

Our environmentally protected coastline stretches for 22 miles and is a nature haven that offers something for everyone. If you’re thinking of heading to Sefton’s natural coast this weekend, there’s a few things you should know.

Sefton’s wildlife and environmental sensitivity

Visitors are reminded of their role in protecting the landscape by taking litter home and not lighting fires or BBQs anywhere at the coast.

Littering, fires and BBQs can have a detrimental impact on Sefton’s wildlife.

Our natural coast is home to an incredible array of flora and fauna – from the famous Red Squirrels, to the rare Natterjack Toads and Sand Lizards.

The range of dune habitats and rare species found along Sefton’s coast are unique and protected as a site of special scientific interest.

Please do your bit to keep our natural coast clean and safe for all to enjoy.

Travelling to the coast

People should plan ahead to avoid traffic delays and are reminded to park responsibly away from residential areas.

Beach parking is available at Ainsdale-On-Sea and the car park will be open until 7pm over the weekend.

Please be aware Southport beach car park will be closed 29th April – 2nd May due to high tides.

Beach car parking charges for 2022:

  • ÂŁ8 per day for cars at Southport beach
  • ÂŁ10 per day for cars at Ainsdale beach
  • ÂŁ16 per day for horseboxes or minibuses
  • 50% off the above rates after 4pm subject to car parking management arrangements
  • ÂŁ30 season ticket for Sefton residents and those who drive an electric or hybrid vehicle
  • ÂŁ60 season ticket for non-Sefton residents

Season tickets can be purchased online by visiting Beach Parking – Seasonal Contract Application (sefton.gov.uk)

Those thinking about visiting one of Sefton’s coastal gateways are reminded to travel safely, thinking about ways to walk or cycle where they can.

Beach-goers guide to Sefton’s natural coast this Easter

Sefton’s environmentally protected coastline stretches for 22 miles and is a nature haven that offers something for everyone. If you’re thinking of heading to Sefton’s natural coast this weekend, there’s a few things you should know.

Travel smart

Those thinking about visiting one of Sefton’s coastal gateways are reminded to travel safely, thinking about ways to walk or cycle where they can.

People should plan ahead to avoid traffic delays and are reminded to park responsibly away from residential areas.

Beach parking is available at Ainsdale-On-Sea and the car park will be open until 7pm over the four-day Easter weekend. The men’s, women’s and disabled toilet facilities have now re-opened at Ainsdale after a recent refurbishment.

Please be aware Southport beach car park will be closed 15th – 20th April due to high tides.

Beach car parking charges for 2022:

  • ÂŁ8 per day for cars at Southport beach
  • ÂŁ10 per day for cars at Ainsdale beach
  • ÂŁ16 per day for horseboxes or minibuses
  • 50% off the above rates after 4pm subject to car parking management arrangements
  • ÂŁ30 season ticket for Sefton residents and those who drive an electric or hybrid vehicle
  • ÂŁ60 season ticket for non-Sefton residents

Season tickets can be purchased online by visiting Beach Parking – Seasonal Contract Application (sefton.gov.uk)

Male sand lizard on the Sefton Coast
Male sand lizard on the Sefton Coast

Environmental sensitivity

Visitors are also reminded of the environmental sensitivities and how they can play their role in protecting the landscape by taking litter home and not lighting fires or BBQs anywhere at the coast.

Littering, fires and BBQs can have a detrimental impact on Sefton’s wildlife. Our natural coast is home to an incredible array of flora and fauna – from the famous Red Squirrels, to the rare Natterjack Toads and Sand Lizards.

The range of dune habitats and rare species found along Sefton’s coast are unique and protected as a site of special scientific interest.

Please do your bit to keep our natural coast clean and safe for all to enjoy.

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