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Quality of Coastal Towns Interreg IIc Project
Use by Local People
The aim of this survey was to discover how residents and visitors use the coast and to assess their views on available facilities and their attitudes towards other users.

The survey was carried out using a combination of on site interviews and postal questionnaires. Interviews took place on eight sites on the Sefton coast and canvassed 1985 households.

The following data table summarise the findings. Full data can be viewed at The Sefton Coast Website.

Residents Survey

83% of Sefton residents surveyed had visited the Sefton coast in the last twelve months.

The five most popular Sefton coast sites were:

  1. Southport
  2. Formby National Trust
  3. Crosby
  4. Ainsdale/ Birkdale beach / dunes
  5. Formby Lifeboat Road
Preferred time to visit
 
Most residents prefer to visit the Sefton coast in the afternoons and at the weekend.

Transport used by residents to visit the Sefton coast

 
Sefton Residents %
General Visitor Profile %
Car or van
66
73
Foot
20
16
Train
4
4
Bicycle
6
5
Public bus
3
1
Other
2
2
Reasons for visiting the coast.
The main reasons given by residents for visiting the coast were:
to walk
70.9%
for relaxation
56.6%
for the scenery
46.8%
to visit the beach
43.7%
to visit the woods
37.9%
for nature watching
20.6%
to visit the dunes
19.6%
to walk the dog
18.9%
Conflicts with other users
Visitors and residents were asked if the actions of others ever annoyed them. The responses were as follows:
 
Sefton Residents (%)
Sefton on site survey (%)
No
37
74
Yes, sometimes
57
23
Yes, often
6
3

Sources of annoyance were:

  • Dog walkers
  • Car drivers
  • Beach users
  • Walkers
  • Cyclists

Reasons for annoyance were:

 
Sefton Residents %
On site interviews %
Litter
40.3
58.5
Dog fouling/ behaviour
59.1
52.3
Noise from vehicles
16.2
32.3
Too crowded
4.8
14.6
People getting in the way
17.4
13.8
Noise from visitors
14.6
<10
Inconsiderate drivers
10.4
10.8
Visitor Facilities
 
Residents were asked to rate the facilities as 'poor', 'adequate' or 'good'. This table relates to the percentage of residents who rated the facilites as 'good'.
Facilities
% of residents
Quality of seats
17
Quality of litter bins
13
Quality of picnic tables
15
Quality of paths
32
Quality of toilets
9
Residents with Disabilities
Over one fifth of Sefton and Wirral residents said that they, or someone in their household, has a disability or problems with mobility. Residents were asked if their disability caused problems when visiting the coast. The responses were:
Yes 44%
No 43%
Do not visit the coast with this person

13%

Residents who don't visit their local coast
Sefton residents who do not visit their local coast were asked why and the following answers were given:
Don't have time 36.4%
Too difficult to reach 19.0%
Not interested in the coast 14.0%
Do not want to pay 13.2%
Elderly/ poor health/ disabled 10.7%
Poor facilities for disabled people 10.7%
Too far away 9.9%
Difficult to park 9.1%
For more information about this project email dunes@hope.ac.uk at Liverpool Hope University.
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Liverpool Hope University worked with English Nature and the
Sefton Coast Partnership to implement the Sands of Time project.