Sands closed to ve­hi­cles for win­ter as sum­mer sea­son ends

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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

2019.

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

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