More than 100 fines handed out as beach parking issues continue

More than 100 tickets were handed out after a police patrol was dispatched to deal with concerns over beach-goers’ parking.

Parked cars once again caused frustration in Formby as the glorious weather led to crowds flocking to the Sefton coastline.

A complaint by one resident sparked the arrival of officers who dished out 113 fines.

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Pictures released by Merseyside Police showed vehicles parked on pavements as drivers sought to leave their cars as close to the beach entrances as possible.

Formby beach was so popular that by 10am on Sunday the National Trust was advising its car parks were already full.

The organisation posted on social media: “Both car parks are almost full and will be closing shortly for the rest of the day. This is to allow people to safely wander across the site on foot.

“Please travel by train or plan your visit for a quieter day.

“Thank you. Together we can have a safe and enjoyable summer.”

The issue of parking by those heading to the beach during warm weather has long been an issue in the town.

The situation has become so controversial that just this week Sefton Council agreed to write to the Government to ask for the fixed penalty charge to be increased for those who commit parking violations around the borough’s beaches.

Revealing the results of checks in Formby today, Merseyside Police’s roads policing unit wrote on Twitter: “In response to Formby resident complaining of dangerous parking near the beach in good weather, deploy one of our patrols to area. 113 tickets later.”

Photographs of questionable parking were published alongside the tweet.

During the May Bank Holiday weekend, Sefton Council issued 121 penalty charge notices across two days.

A parking charge is £70 – but £35 if paid within 28 days.

This caused Formby independent councillor David Irving to argue this week: “This amount for parking fines the Government has imposed on local councils is simply not enough to persuade drivers to stop this unwarranted illegal parking in residential areas, which has caused many residents to resent visitors to their area.”

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