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Reminders for visiting Sefton’s beaches

Sefton Council is providing a few reminders for people planning on visiting Sefton’s glorious coastline.

Stretching for 22 miles the Sefton coast, which is also a protected haven for nature, attracts visitors from across the Borough, the City Region and the whole of England’s North West.

Travel Smart

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

Southport, Ainsdale and Crosby beach are all RNLI lifeguarded beaches with natural beauty and fantastic facilities.

And they are in easy walking distance from Merseyrail stations such as Southport, Birkdale, Hillside, Ainsdale, Hall Road, Blundellsands & Crosby and Waterloo.

You can plan your Merseyrail  journeys and find timetables and service updates here.

Those who do drive should plan ahead to avoid traffic delays and are reminded to park responsibly and considerately, away from residential areas.

Ainsdale and Southport Beach Parking

Aindsdale Beach Car Park

On-beach car parking will be available at Ainsdale-On-Sea and the car park will be open until 7pm.

The men’s, women’s, and disabled toilet facilities have now re-opened at Ainsdale for the summer season.

Accessible toilets are also available at Crosby Coastal Park.

Southport beach car park is currently remain closed due to poor sand condition.


Beach car parking charges for 2023 are:

  • £10 per day for cars at Ainsdale beach
  • £16 per day for horseboxes or minibuses
  • 50% off the above rates after 4pm subject to car parking management arrangements
  • £35 season ticket for Sefton residents and those who drive an electric or hybrid vehicle
  • £70 season ticket for non-Sefton residents

The car parks operate a cashless payment system as a preference.

You can buy your money-saving season ticket here.

Car parking for the beach at Formby is managed by the National Trust, who have lots of helpful tips for anyone planning a visit there, at

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.

Natterjack Toads, one of Sefton’s rarest native species, are emerging from hibernation, please keep dogs out of pools and flooded areas along our coastline

A Natterjack Toad. Picture by Phil Smith.
A Natterjack Toad. Picture by Phil Smith

Fires, BBQs, balloon releases, and fireworks have a detrimental impact on Sefton’s wildlife and are not allowed anywhere at the coast. Failure to comply risks a Fixed Penalty Notice or prosecution.

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.

You can find out more about Sefton’s coast and its important role in protecting and nurturing UK wildlife here. 

Sefton Council Pledges to Break Down Barriers for Disabled People Across Our Community

Sefton Council has reinforced its commitment to breaking down barriers for disabled people in our community, through the signing of the Disability Impact Pledge.

The Disability Impact Pledge has been designed by the Disability Policy Centre, an independent social enterprise. It is dedicated to improving the lives of disabled people, through public sector reform and the formation of local and national policy.

The commitments 

Those in attendance to sign the Disability Impact Pledge. A group sat around a table, holding the signed pledge.The pledge details Sefton Council’s commitment to:

  • Ensuring accessibility of communication, both on the Council website and any documents.
  • Encouraging participation and representation at all levels.
  • Consultation and events to guarantee everyone’s voice is heard.
  • Support for staff with disabilities.
  • Providing inclusive services and policies, and understanding the barriers that people may face.

Representatives from local disability community organisations, including Southport Access for All, Ability Plus and The Pocklington Trust were invited to a disability awareness day, where they discussed the barriers that exist for local residents, business owners and community groups, as well as employees of Sefton Council.

The Pledge was signed by all present, including Cllr Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, and officers and staff from Sefton Council.

Speaking about the pledge, Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said: “Sefton Council is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for both our residents and employees.

“Inclusivity and accessibility are at the forefront of our thinking and planning, and we are actively listening to the voices of people with disabilities.

“This pledge is our way of setting ourselves achievable goals, which help us to provide the best services possible to the people of Sefton.”

Equality and inclusion

The pledge aligns with the Council’s existing Equality, Inclusion and Diversity (EDI) Strategy, and will set out the way in which the organisation will work together with staff, partners, and the local community to ensure the Council provides an accessible and inclusive environment for all.

The Disability Policy Centre’s ambition is to break down barriers for disabled people across Sefton, and we look forward to working with partners along this journey.

For more information about the Council’s work to advance equality, visit: 


New games area in Rainbow Park set to open in May

Councillors holding tools such as a wheelbarrow and shovel.

Sefton Council’s improvement works at Rainbow Park in Melling, are nearing completion.

Work has been underway at the Park since early 2023 to deliver a new multi-use games area. With built-in goal ends and basketball hoops, the new area will provide a high-quality area for sports and exercise.

Landscaping and the creation of new pathways through the Park are also being delivered as part of the works. The improvements follow a lengthy consultation process with residents, through which every local household received a leaflet entailing the proposed plans.

Funding for both the multi-use games area and the new play equipment has been supported from S106 money agreed by Molyneux Ward Councillors Marion Atkinson, Paula Murphy and Danny Burns with allocated funding from Bellway Homes.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Rainbow Park is an important community space and we’re delighted to be delivering local residents with a new high-quality facility for exercise, sport and recreation. As well as additional pathways and landscaping.

“It’s great to see the works nearing completion in time for the summer mo


Cllr Marion Atkinson, Molyneux Ward Councillor said: “It is brilliant to see the plans for the Park coming to fruition, and the support received from local residents throughout this process.

“I look forward to seeing the positive impact this will have on the local community, and I’m certain that the new multi-use games area will be very popular with locals of

 all ages.”

With works expected to be complete in the coming weeks, the Council will be arranging an official opening in May 2023.

Tickets on sale for Salt and Tar’s Comedy Festival

Tickets are now on sale for the first Comedy Weekender to be held at Salt and Tar, Bootle’s brand-new events space.

Top comedians including Jason Byrne, Jo Caulfield and Scott Bennett will perform at the venue over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th May.

Packed bill

Merseyside comedian Chris McCausland will feature alongside Patrick Monahan and Nina Gilligan in the curtain-raising Comedy Night on Friday 26th May.

A room with disco lights, an inflatable unicorn and two people in costume smiling at the cameraBingo Nights UK will bring their Disco Bingo show on Saturday 27th May, which will have the entire room up and dancing, hosted by comedian and presenter Brendan Riley, while raising money for charity.

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May sees family-friendly fun come to Salt and Tar, with comedy bingo featuring Britain’s Got Talent star Steve Royle, and Martin “Bigpig” Mor presenting Funny Stuff For Happy People.

Byrne, Caulfield and Bennett will appear on Sunday 28th May to round off the weekend.

Tickets for the events start from £5 and are available from See Tickets.

More to come

Salt and Tar’s emerging 2023 events programme also includes a Music Festival, due to be held over two weekends in July. Red Rum Club will be just one of the bands appearing at the festival, which has already sold out online.

A full programme for the coming year, includes a Food and Drink Festival, outdoor cinema screenings, community events and live music, markets and beer festivals. A Christmas event is also being developed.

Brand new

Salt and Tar. Made in Bootle.

At Sefton Council’s Cabinet Meeting last month, members agreed the new Salt and Tar brand that has been developed as part of an updated Strategy and Business Plan. It refers to Bootle’s rich industrial heritage, with the Brotherton’s Tar Distillery on Hawthorne Road and the area’s historic link to the salt trade.

When questioned, people said Salt and Tar was ‘easy to remember’ and ‘short, sweet, and creative’. They also described it as being ‘catchy and flows well’ and ‘something you would remember,’.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills said: “Events already held at Bootle Canalside have shown us that they attract people to The Strand and the town centre so I’m pleased to see this important step forward in developing this impressive new brand for the area and the beginnings of an exciting programme for 2023.

“Anyone visiting the site will see that work is underway, the fence along the canal has already been removed with plans to provide an attractive entertainment complex with covered areas, bars and food outlets and canalside access scheduled for completion later this year.”

The development of Salt and Tar branding and events programme is part of Sefton Council’s work to cement the area’s role and contribute to the revitalisation of The Strand and wider Bootle town centre economy.

Tickets for the Comedy festival can be purchased at

Sefton Council launches Extra Care Housing consultation

A consultation seeking views on Sefton Council’s Extra Care allocation guidelines is now underway.

As part of its Sefton 2030 vision, the Council pledged to ensure that residents have a choice of housing within the Borough. As part of this, work has begun to develop a number of Extra Care housing facilities.

Living independently

Extra Care housing is designed for older and vulnerable residents and enables people to live independently while having easy access to on-site care and support when needed. As well as providing a home for residents who have a care need, it will ensure that couples can remain housed together and that older carers are supported.

Sefton Council are aiming to develop 1300 homes across fifteen developments in Sefton by 2036.

Feedback encouraged

Sefton residents are being invited to share their views on the Extra Care Allocation Policy, which details the eligibility and process for applying to Extra Care Housing in the Borough. Respondents will be asked to comment on a draft policy which covers areas such as age, care and financial eligibility.

Cllr Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said: “Giving our residents who require care the support to live independently for longer is one of the Council’s key areas of focus.

“I’m delighted that we are moving forward with Extra Care Housing, which promises to give older people the greater control and choice over their own care.

“Hearing from the public is always a vital part of these processes and I’m looking forward to hearing what people have to say.”

Cllr Hardy, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities said: “We want to ensure that people in Sefton have plenty of housing options available to them, and the introduction of over 500 Extra Care homes will be of great benefit to older residents in the Borough.

“The aim is to develop communities that people enjoy being part of and take pride in, and your views are key to helping us to achieve this goal.”

Have your say

The consultation was launched last week (Friday 10th February) and will run until Monday 27th March 2023. The results will be used to shape the future of Sefton’s Extra Care Housing.

Anyone wanting take to part in the consultation can do so by taking part in a short survey at

Further information can be found at

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