Sands closed to vehicles for winter as summer season ends
CARS will not be allowed on the beaches at Southport and Ainsdale until next year as Sefton Council continues its winter closure policy.
Vehicular access to the sands will officially end from Monday, with cars unable to park on the beaches again until
The closure date for Southport was effectively brought forward by four days, as high tides mean it has been inaccessible to vehicles since Tuesday.
Since 2015, the council has prohibited access to the beaches by car for six months of each year. Reasons given have included financial savings, preventing anti-social behaviour, and protecting and preserving natural lands.
During the six months, the beaches will remain open to the public, with motorists needing to find nearby parking.
The initial closure in 2015 led to an angry backlash and multiple campaigns to reverse the decision, but the closure has since become an annual event.
Cars parked on Southport beach which will be closed to vehicles from Monday until next year