Ainsdale Beach Winter Access: Call to Council
There is a council meeting tonight regarding Ainsdale Beach closure for the winter.
At tonight’s (Thursday 19th November) Council meeting at Southport Town Hall, Ainsdale Lib Dem Councillor Haydn Preece will be calling for improved access to Ainsdale Beach this winter.
He will be proposing a motion which calls for speedy interim measures to extend parking provision there. This would allow disabled residents and others better access to the beach through the winter months
Councillor Preece says: “Ainsdale beach is a fantastic leisure resource for both local residents and for those from further afield. So it’s important that people can park conveniently over the winter months. I’ve been working hard with Council officers to look at alternative solutions and I’d like to see some early action.”
“Together with colleagues, we’ve looked at the possibility of dropping kerbs to the old caravan site near the beach, creating a free winter car parking area. We’ve also been pressing the Council to allow winter car parking along one side of Shore Road between the beach and the Sands roundabout.”
“In my motion I’m also calling on the Council to investigate the long term development of ‘Ainsdale on Sea’. This should include looking at possible external funding sources to develop a visitor centre, other facilities and improved beach car parking.”
Motion Submitted by Councillor Preece
To consider the following Motion submitted by Councillor Preece:
(a) recognises that Ainsdale Beach is a fantastic local amenity in terms of natural habitat, sea bathing, water sports, horse riding and sea fishing for both residents of Sefton and visitors.
(b) notes the considerable public concern regarding the limitations currently being placed on winter vehicular access to the entrance to Ainsdale beach.
(c) calls upon the officers to explore with elected representatives and the Ainsdale Civic Society possible car parking options at this location which should allow all residents, including those with disabilities, to access the beach during winter months. Any such provision to be submitted to the Southport Area Committee, Cabinet Member or Cabinet, as appropriate, for consideration.
The Council agrees to investigate the long term future development of "Ainsdale on Sea" including access to possible external funding sources to develop a visitor centre, retail space and improved beach car parking.”
You can see the full agenda for Council on Thursday 19th November, 2015, 6.30 pm