Crosby Coastal Park Vision

Closed 31 Oct 2019

Opened 15 Jul 2019

Feedback updated 11 Mar 2021

We asked

We have a vision for what Crosby Coastal Park will look like in 2030. This vision is based on what our communities told us they’d like to see. We want to explore opportunities to protect, improve and develop this area and what it can offer to residents, visitors and businesses. This must be done in a way that will conserve our precious habitats and the species they support, whilst encouraging sustainable ideas that will increase wellbeing and economic opportunities.

We are seeking your views on the various elements of the draft Vision; to influence the way the landscape is managed and guide decisions on what developments should be supported in the future.

You said

Approximately 500 people attended specific drop in events, guided walks and other events. Notes were made of feedback from drop in events.

77 responses to the Vision document were recorded on the Council’s online consultation platform, comprising a total of 746 verbatum comments.

A further 11 full and detailed responses were received by email or hard copy from several individuals and from organisations / groups including Natural England, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Antony Gormley Studio and Friends of Crosby Beach.

A joint response by local community groups - Seafront Residents Action Group, Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens, Friends of Crosby Beach and Waterloo Coastal Community Team – was submitted. This response represents the views of a total of 157 members of these groups.

This was quite a complex consultation and evidently people feel very strongly about this wonderful area, what it means to them and what the future should be.

  • You were generally supportive of the Vision as provided (83% of the online responses)
  • ‘Conserving the flora and fauna’ was the topic considered of most importance to you, followed closely by ‘coastal defences’ and ‘improving facilities’
  • You felt the Vision could be 'more bold and ambitious'
  • A recurring question was, 'what happens next?’
  • You felt that the geographical zones need to be clearer (maps)
  • You wanted more detail on the nature of the zones, described as ‘vague’, for them to be ‘firmed up’
  • You want better and ongoing communication between the Council and community, for example via a ‘Forum’
  • You requested that adequate resources be made available for maintenance and developments
  • You questioned the lack of input from young people (all but 2 respondees were over the age of 30)

A summary of all the responses received can be provided on request by contacting rachel.northover@sefton.gov.uk

 

 

We did

  • Taking on board the many comments and views, the nature of the proposed zones will be 'firmed up' and we will request that the final version of the Vision is adopted by the council and used to guide any future development and management proposals
  • During the national Lockdown, an ‘Action Plan’ for the Sefton Coast was enacted. This identified short term actions to deal with issues such as toilet provision and cleansing at this difficult time and over the extremely busy summer following in 2020 and expected in 2021
  • A costed Management / Action Plan, covering practical operations, addressing the issues raised (such as sand management, visitor management) is to be produced, helping ensure expectations and resources are adequately understood and managed
  • A Crosby Coastal Park Forum was mooted as a way to keep the dialogue open and meet the first of the Vision statements, 'Together a stronger community'. This is in the process of being launched, initially as an online Forum, due to the Covid-19 restrictions on meeting in person  
  • Of the ‘On the go and in the Pipeline’ projects:
    • Work continues on securing financial support for replacing the sea defences at Burbo Bank / Hall Road
    • Work has begun on improving the facilities and the offer at the Lakeside Adventure Centre
    • The national ‘England Coast Path’ proposals have been published and the consultation is open
    • Construction is underway on improvements to the national cycleway network at Gt George’s Road
    • Consultation is underway on the new all abilities route through the Coastal Park as part of the Liverpool City Region cycleway improvements from Southport to Otterspool, providing an inland alternative to the busy promenade
    • Continuing the longstanding fight against scrub encroachment on our precious dunes, contractors will be undertaking clearance work at Hightown Dunes, targeting the invasive Japanese Rose, funded via the national Dynamic Dunescapes HLF project
  • Sefton’s Young Advisors have been contacted to help engage with Young People about the Vision and are invited to join the new Forum
  • We are working with Sefton CVS to engage with the Schools ‘Get Talking’ virtual meetings
  • Green Sefton continues to support the Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens, Friends of Crosby Beach and Hightown Beach Clean in their excellent volunteer work and encouraging more people to take part, not least in supporting volunteer ambassadors, trialled last summer (encouraging visitors to take litter home, reduce marine plastic pollution and raise awareness of the global climate change impacts on our coast and wildlife)

 

 

Results updated 11 Mar 2021

We have a vision for what Crosby Coastal Park will look like in 2030. This vision is based on what our communities told us they’d like to see. We want to explore opportunities to protect, improve and develop this area and what it can offer to residents, visitors and businesses. This must be done in a way that will conserve our precious habitats and the species they support, whilst encouraging sustainable ideas that will increase wellbeing and economic opportunities.

The consultation sought views on the various elements of the draft Vision; to influence the way the landscape is managed and guide decisions on what developments should be supported in the future.

More information about the feedback received and what we are doing in response to the feedback and ongoing engagement can be found in the You Said, We Did section of this consultation.  The Consultation Report and the Joint Response by local community groups representing
a significant number of people who live near the Coastal Park are attached as documents.

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Overview

We have a vision for what Crosby Coastal Park will look like in 2030. This vision is based on what our communities told us they’d like to see. We want to explore opportunities to protect, improve and develop this area and what it can offer to residents, visitors and businesses. This must be done in a way that will conserve our precious habitats and the species they support, whilst encouraging sustainable ideas that will increase wellbeing and economic opportunities.

Crosby Coastal Park Draft Vision presentation 

 

Why your views matter

We are seeking your views on the various elements of the draft Vision; to influence the way the landscape is managed and guide decisions on what developments should be supported in the future.

What happens next

The consultation is now closed. Thank you for your input. We will be assessing the feedback from all respondents and updating the results on this page.

Events

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Sefton Council employees
  • Public
  • Schools
  • Stakeholders
  • Local businesses
  • Local residents
  • Asylum Seekers and Refugees
  • Children and Young people
  • Voluntary, Community groups and organisations
  • Councillors/MP's
  • Faith groups
  • Housing tennants
  • Housing - Private owner
  • Parents and Carers
  • Carers
  • Service users
  • Sefton Council employees
  • Students
  • Visitors/Tourists/Non-residents
  • Providers
  • Older People

Interests

  • Regeneration
  • The environment
  • The Coast