A NUMBER of organisations across Sefton are joining forces once again this summer to ensure local communities, and visitors from across the North West, can enjoy Sefton’s coastlines safely as coronavirus restrictions ease further.
The joint action also aims to encourage people to take personal responsibility at the coast: asking them to plan how they are going to get to the beach; to take all litter home with them; and to show respect and kindness to staff, the environment and fellow visitors.
It also sets out the boundaries of what is and isn’t acceptable at the coast to keep everyone safe. This includes fires and BBQs not allowed anywhere; following lifeguard advice on water safety risks; and that anti-social behaviour isn’t acceptable.
The agencies who make up the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership are making the joint plea and will be sharing important messages covering many of the issues faced on the Sefton coast throughout the school summer holidays. Members of the partnership include Sefton Council, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue, National Trust Formby, Natural England, the RNLI and other key partners like Merseyrail.
Already this year there has been a huge influx of visitors to local beaches during fine weather and out of school term times. It is anticipated that with people still planning staycations this year, many will be looking to enjoy spending time at the Sefton coast.
Mark Shaw, Sefton Council’s Green Sefton service manager, said: “We are ready and well prepared to welcome people back to our beaches safely again this summer, but we ask in return that they behave responsibly and with consideration to each other, local residents, our staff and our beautiful environment.
“Joining forces once more with fellow land owners and emergency services means that we are doing our bit to keep everyone safe and create a positive atmosphere for those choosing to come to our beaches. But our visitors themselves really are the other key players in this partnership.”
Sefton Community Police Superintendent Graeme Robson added: “This summer, officers will be on foot, in vehicles and on quad bikes across the Sefton coastline and at local beauty spots. We know we’re lucky to have this on our doorstep and we want everyone to be able to enjoy it.
“Anyone acting antisocially or drinking alcohol at our beaches will be dealt with by police in a robust manner. Please plan visits carefully and give attention when parking by considering local residents. It’s also vital that we protect the local environment by not starting fires and by taking any litter home with us.”