Sefton has three bathing water beaches where people swim and paddle – Formby Lifeboat Road, Ainsdale and Southport. In June, 381 people responded to our survey about beaches and bathing waters in Sefton. The main reasons people gave for visiting a beach are walking, enjoying the scenery, and peace and quiet. Whilst few visit to swim or paddle, 94% feel that a clean sea is important when deciding to visit the beach.
Only half of those surveyed said they were aware of the current water quality at Sefton’s beaches. In fact all of Sefton’s bathing waters passed the minimum European standards in 2013. Most were able to identify sources of pollution in our sea water such as sewer drainage and they generally know what they can do at home to tackle them, such as checking drains are connected correctly at www.connectright.org.uk and putting wet wipes in the bin not down the toilet. And they know when they go to the beach not to leave litter, to clean up after their dog or horse, and not to feed the birds.
9 in 10 people feel they have a ‘local’ beach but very few think they can impact water quality. You can! A whopping 103 people want to help our campaign. If you’d like to – check out ‘What can I do?’ and please help keep our beaches clean.
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