Ainsdale Beach: Southport Lib Dems offer answer to the parking problem

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Photo: Lynne Thompson and John Pugh MP at Ainsdale Beach entrance

Sefton Council shut the beach to vehicles on Thursday, October 1 onwards and is not planned to open again until around May next year. But Southport Liberal Democrats have put forward a proposal to help with the parking issues that have arisen at Ainsdale Beach.

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Ainsdale Ward Lib Dem Councillor Haydn Preece and Lib Dem Chair Lynne Thompson, an Ainsdale resident, have proposed the dropping of kerbs where the old caravan site was situated adjacent to the beach, creating a free winter car parking area.

Councillor Haydn Preece says: “We are delighted with the way our practical proposals have being treated by the Council’s Coast and Countryside and Highways Departments. I have campaigned since 2010 to keep Ainsdale Beach open and I am pleased to have received a firm guarantee that there is no plan to close the beach to vehicles in the summer months.

Sefton Council shut the beach to vehicles on Thursday, October 1. It won’t open again until around May next year.A campaign and several petitions have been started to persuade the authority to reverse its decision to close the beach. The local Lib Dems have also lobbied the Highways Department to allow winter car parking on one side of Shore Road from the beach to the Sands roundabout.

The Lib Dems have proposed a robust ‘Friends of Ainsdale Beach Access’ to be formed and to work with the council and councillors to seek external funding so that there might be the possibility of monitoring staffing the beach during the winter.

Councillor Preece continues: “Currently, the lack of Coast and Countryside staffing, together with policing issues, has resulted in winter beach closure all day and all night. Reaction from the public is that they would like access to the beach in winter during the day.

“Our immediate proposals deliver parking close to the beach and we can hopefully work together to develop better plans for the future.”


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