A NUMBER of organisations have joined forced to spread the word on the dos and dont’s of visiting Sefton’s beaches.
The joint action by Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership asks people 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 how fires and BBQs are not allowed anywhere; that there are water safety risks at so people should follow the advice of lifeguards; and that anti-social behaviour simply won’t be tolerated.
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 beaaches during hot weather and out of school term times, with many more expected across August and September.
Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “First and foremost, the Sefton Coast is an internationally protected nature reserve, and we need your help to keep it that way. So, when people are planning their day trips this summer, we need them to be well prepared and to play their own vital role in ensuring that the coast remains a great place for everyone to enjoy.
“Please listen to what we are collectively saying with our partners, be that important water safety information, fire risk concerns, travel advice or environmental issues around litter and wildlife.”
Tracie Trubshaw, Chief Inspector at Merseyside Police said: “As the summer holidays start, we know that many people will want to visit our fantastic beaches and beauty spots in Sefton, and we know the overwhelming majority will do so responsibly.
“Our officers will be working with our partners at Sefton Council to make sure that people can have a good time at our beaches and beauty spots, free of anti-social and criminal behaviour.
“Rest assured acting in an anti-social manner should expect to be dealt with robustly and we will support our partners in their work. If you have any concerns, please speak to our officers out on patrol, or call 101 so that we can take action and keep our communities safe.”