About St Annes North

The beach at St Annes North is extremely flat and sandy with up to 300 metres of exposed sand at low tide. Sand dunes run the length of the coastline and there is an active sand quarry behind the beach.

What we’re doing to improve bathing water quality…

United Utilities have made improvements at several pumping stations, upgraded the Preston sewage network and constructed a tunnel in Blackpool to provide storage for storm run-off and the transfer of flows from pumping stations to the sewage works at Fleetwood. Large storage tanks have been built at several locations to reduce the storm overflows and extra storage was provided at three inland locations in Preston.

There are numerous overflows that discharge into the River Ribble following heavy rainfall to protect houses around the river from being flooded by sewage. A huge programme of improvements to these overflows has been completed, including the construction of a large storage tunnel near Preston.

Animals grazing by the river can impact on the bathing water as during and after heavy rainfall excess water may not soak into the land, causing run-off into rivers and the sea. High spring tides can also cause wash off from the land meaning the quality of the bathing water may decline. In partnership with Natural England, we are working with farmers to enhance farming practices and reduce run off from farmland.

St Annes North BeachCare group meets every week on a Thursday morning at 10 am to remove litter on the foreshore and sand dunes from St Annes North Beach Car Park (off Clifton Drive North) northwards to Starr Gate. They are friendly group who are always looking for more people to come along and help. You can come as little or often as you wish with no need to book or arrange beforehand.  Find more details on the ‘Volunteering’ page or contact Emily.parr@keepbritaintidy.org.

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Think before you flush…

To avoid blockages and overflows, please put disposable products such as wet wipes, cotton buds and sanitary items in the bin, not down the toilet. Remember our simple rule to only flush the 3 Ps: Pee, Poo and Paper. Nothing else should go down the loo - even if it says ‘flushable’ on the packaging!


Think before you pour…

Don’t pour kitchen fats, oils and grease down the sink as they can cause sewer blockages, which can overflow into homes, seas, rivers and lakes. And road drains often lead straight into our rivers and seas. Please only pour things down the drain that you would like to swim in!


Check your drains - it’s easier than it sounds…

Check your home or business is connected to the right drainage system. Wrongly connected plumbing could mean dirty water from toilets, dishwashers and showers going directly into your local river, lake or sea. Visit www.connectright.org for more information.


Pick up your dog’s poo and bin it…

When you’re out walking your dog, please help by picking up your dog’s poo and putting it in a bin. Please check signs and only walk your dog in designated dog-friendly areas to help protect water quality and beaches. You may be fined if you don’t remove your dog’s poo.


Check your septic tank…

If your property is connected to a septic tank, cess pit or package sewage treatment plant, please check it’s working correctly and keep it maintained. Faulty or poorly maintained systems can cause serious pollution problems.


Catch your rainwater…

Use a water butt to collect rain water for your garden and help reduce the amount of water running into surface water drains or sewers.


Put litter in the bin…

Especially food waste as it encourages birds and their poo can affect water quality. Broken bottles and cans can be dangerous for children and wildlife so please take them with you off the beach, or better still, put them in a recycling bin!


Come along to a beach clean…

There are many active local groups organising beach cleans. Head to 'Events' to find out when the next event is, and if you can’t find one we can help you set up a new LOVEmyBEACH group.


LOVEmyBEACH at work…

Speak to your employer about following some of these top tips in the workplace, such as fat traps for catering, or toilet stickers asking people to think before they flush.


Spread the word about LOVEmyBEACH

Our beaches are important and the more people helping us keep them that way, the better! Every action goes some way to cleaner seas, beaches and lakes. Lead by example and share information about your beach and how to keep it clean and please encourage your local community and businesses to LOVEmyBEACH too.