Coastal and Visitor Area PSPO

Public Space Protection Order for Coastal and Visitor Areas

Public Consultation

Sefton Council are proposing a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to help support the Council and partner agencies manage visitor behaviour and protect our natural coastline and other popular visitor areas. Visitors can be tourists and local residents.

The restrictions will be based on the existing Sefton Byelaws and in line with legislation associated with the protected status of the Sefton Coast. Please note offences such as littering are already in place through existing legislation, such as the Environmental Protection Act 1990. 

A Public Space Protection Order is an official measure that is an enforceable part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

We have launched a public consultation, which will be live until 24th June, and are asking people to have their say on the proposed list of restrictions to be included.

Your Sefton Your Say online survey 

For further information, please see Frequently Asked Questions below:

A Public Space Protection Order, also known as a PSPO, is a power available under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

An order can be used to control certain activities in a specified area if two conditions are met:

  • That the activities have had or are likely to have, a detrimental effect on those in the locality.
  • That the effect is, or is likely to be, persistent and continuing in nature and is or is likely to be such as to make those activities unreasonable and that restrictions are justified.

Although the vast majority of visitors know how to behave, sadly there are some who can act in an inappropriate manner that cause distress and disturbance to local residents and businesses, as well as causing damage to infrastructure in the area.

PSPOs along Sefton’s coastline help the Council’s officers and its partner agencies by making clear what is acceptable and unacceptable.

We are encouraging all residents, visitors, businesses and local stakeholders to have their say on the proposals and share their experiences of behaviour at Sefton's coastal and visitor hotspots. 

People can complete an online survey on the Council's consultation platform, Your Sefton Your Say.

The survey will be live for 5 weeks, from Friday 20th May until Friday 24th June. 

Hard copy versions of the survey are also available and are in Easy Read format. To request a hard copy or for further support with the consultation, people can call 0151 934 2962 or email

The PSPO will cover coastal and visitor areas that get especially busy, like town centres.

Coastal areas means the beach and the land next to the beach which is open to the public. This includes: 

  • sand dunes and grassed areas 
  • woodlands and marshes
  • ponds and lakes
  • promenades
  • car parks
  • play areas
  • buildings like toilets and shelters  

 Town centres included in the order are:  

  • Southport  (area includes Kings Gardens, Lord Street, Eastbank Street and Promenade)
  • Formby (area includes Formby Centre, Andrew's Lane, Formby Bridge, Kings Road, Dukes Park)
  • Crosby & Waterloo (area includes Crosby Town centre, Moorside Park, Coronation and Alexandra Parks, Victoria Park, St. Johns Road, South Road, Waterloo/Seafront gardens)
  • Bootle (area within the boundary of parts of Merton Road, Litherland Road, Washington Road and Marsh Lane)

The proposed areas are identified in the maps below (subject to landowner approval if not Sefton Council owned land) 

Last Updated on Friday, May 20, 2022

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