Shipping containers serving pop-up food and drink to be set-up at beach

Shipping containers serving pop-up food and drink to be set-up at beach

by Tom Martin (May 2021)

TWO shipping containers which have been converted into pop-up food and drink outlets will be set-up at the entrance to Ainsdale beach.

The unusual facilities will be in place from late June on a trial basis, running through the busy summer season until late autumn.

Sefton Council has already granted planning permission, with the hope it will become popular with beach-goers.

There is a similar scheme located in Crosby. Last month, The Bus Yard opened next to Crosby beach to offer a pop-up bar and eatery as part of a 28-day trial.

If these two ventures are successful, it could pave the way for more permanent refreshment offers at the beaches.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “These temporary trials of new food and drink concessions at Crosby and Ainsdale, are in response to regular feedback from visitors and residents, who feel there are not enough hospitality facilities along our coastline.

“We’ve already been overwhelmed with positive feedback about the local business who are running our trial from Crosby, and hope that we’ll get the same response later this summer when our Ainsdale pop-up begins.

“The trials aim to balance ways that we can meet the needs of people enjoying our coastal spaces with strict environmental factors and community concerns, and we will be closely monitoring all elements and feedback to see how viable more permanent options would be in the future.

“We would ask anyone who wants to tell us what they think about these food and drinks pop-ups to get in touch with us by contacting our Green Sefton service. They can do this by email at greensefton@sefton.gov.uk .”

As part of the wider investment at Ainsdale, designs are now being drawn up for an off-beach car park that will help to reduce the impact on local communities who have been affected by irresponsible parking in the past.

Options for new toilet facilities are being explored alongside the food and drink vendors trial, all with a view to enhancing visitors’ experiences.

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