Beaches

Stretching from Starr Gate, at the boundary with Blackpool, to the Ribble Estuary at Lytham, the foreshore and beach at Lytham and St Anne’s is a considerable asset.

It comprises of historical gardens and buildings, tourist attractions and events. There are also diverse geographical features including sand dunes, wide flat beaches and a nature reserve.

Areas of the foreshore are also designated by English Nature as Sites of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI) this brings considerable responsibility to manage the beach and foreshore in an ecologically sound and sustainable manner.

LOVEmyBEACH is a campaign with a huge challenge: to work together to keep our local beaches and bathing waters clean. You don’t have to live by the sea to make a difference – wherever you live, work, visit in the North West, please support LOVEmyBEACH.

In Fylde LOVEmyBEACH works with three community beach cleaning groups, Friends of the Estuary, Fairhaven CoastalCare and St Annes BeachCare. These groups meet weekly to clean the beach and promote LOVEmyBEACH messages so that everyone can get involved and do their bit to help keep the beaches and seas cleaner.

For more information about where and when the groups meet and how you can get involved visit the events page on www.lovemybeach.org

The top 5 ways you can show you LOVEmyBEACH are:

• Don’t drop litter – put it in the bin
• Pick up your dog’s poo – put it in the bin
• Think before your pour – don’t pour fats down the sink
• Think before you flush – put disposable products in the bin, not the toilet
• Check your drains are connected right – www.connectright.org

A ‘bathing water’ is where a large number of people are expected to swim and paddle. Fylde borough has two designated bathing waters; one at St Annes pier and the second at St Annes North by the Coastguard station.

At these points it is important we keep an eye on how clean the sea water is – how much bacteria is in the water. The acceptable levels of bacteria are regulated under the European Bathing Water Directive. The Environment Agency takes 20 samples over the bathing water season each year – May to September – to test the levels and report the results so the public can decide whether to bathe in the water. The results of the tests are posted on the LOVEmyBEACH website map.

Water quality overall has improved dramatically over the last 20 years, as a result of increased investment in infrastructure and work to tackle the causes of pollution in the water.

However, from 2015 new European Bathing Water Directive (BWD) standards come into force and are around twice as stringent as the previous standards. The new classifications for bathing waters are Excellent, Good, Sufficient and Poor. From May 2016 there will be signs at each bathing water advising of the water quality, so we encourage people to check these before swimming and paddling in Fylde.

Fylde Borough Council currently have 45 lifebelts situated along the foreshore from Lytham Land Registry, Fairhaven Lake, stretching to the Pier at St Anne’s.

The lifebelts are regularly checked for damage to vandalism, it is important for people to be aware that it is an offence to tamper or remove lifesaving equipment and the penalty for such act is £5,000 fine, imprisonment or both.

It is an offence under Section 34 of the Road Traffic Act to take an unauthorised motor vehicle. including motor cycles and quad bikes onto the beach and sand dunes. Any person found using an unauthorised vehicle on the beach or dunes will be liable for prosecution by the police either by a fixed penalty notice or by reporting of summons to court and could be liable for that motor vehicle to be impounded at cost to that person. Fylde Borough Council is currently issuing licenses (subject to conditions) for use of certain motorised vehicles to use the beach. This is mainly for tractors connected with fishing and launching of boats. For further details please contact Tourist Information 01253 658443.

Currently there is a ban on wind propelled vehicles including sand yachts, para carts and buggies. This is a temporary measure whilst the beach and foreshore are risk-assessed to ensure the continued safety of all user’s of the beach and foreshore.

Click on the button above to visit the BBC Weather Tide Tables for the Fylde Coast.

Please find the beach access application form at this link.