Our fabulous coastline
Some readers may know that this year Sefton Council is celebrating The Year of the Coast and has undertaken a consultation on the new Coastal Plan. Sefton residents are lucky enough to live close to a beautiful and varied coastline, some of which is of national importance as it supports rare wildlife and plants.
Sefton Council’s website says “The Sefton Coast is a source of inspiration for an active, inquiring and fun-loving population. The coast makes a huge contribution to the unique character of the borough – exciting and full of surprises, always changing as the winds and tides constantly influence the shape of the coast. Because this is such a special place the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership has developed a draft Plan setting out how we can make the most of the Sefton Coast.”
The Sefton Older Persons’ Forums have been taking part in the consultation about the Draft Coastal Plan and have shared some very interesting ideas to improve our enjoyment of the Coast. Forum members see our coastline as a great asset for Sefton and something to be proud of; however, access to the coast can be difficult for older people who have mobility problems and public transport is not available across the whole coastline.
Forum members suggested that new transport options are explored, such as special bus services in the summer which could run the length of the coast (A Coastal Hopper Service!) or a road trains like the one in Southport. Members would also like to see more refreshment facilities and public toilets along the coastline. Forum members are also aware of the need to balance visitor access with the need to protect the coastal environment and they commented on the work being done by the Coastal Partnership to protect vulnerable areas such as Hightown from the worst effects of storms and flooding.
If you are interested in reading more about the Sefton Coastal Plan, you can visit the Sefton Council website and read the document in full at http://www.seftoncoast.co.uk/plan. If you aren’t able to get online, then you can visit your local library which will have information about the Coastal Plan. Unfortunately it is now too late for you to influence the plan as the consultation period is now finished. The consultation findings are being collated and analysed and will be reported to the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership.
If you are interested in taking part in shaping life in Sefton by taking an active part in consultations and engagement activities, you might want to become a member of the Sefton Older Persons’ Forums. Contact Justine at Sefton Pensioners Advocacy Centre on 01704 538 411 for information about forum meetings in your area.