Laura Sharman 03 July 2020

Beach capacity revealed following Bournemouth's major incident

Beach capacity revealed following Bournemouths major incident image

New analysis of beach capacity has revealed that only 78,000 people can fit onto Bournemouth beach if social distancing guidelines are followed.

The research by Esri UK comes after up to half a million people descended onto the beach last month, forcing the council to declare a major incident.

The spatial analysis also shows 60,000 could hypothetically fit onto Brighton’s beach and 24,000 people on Newquay’s beach.

Sam Bark, cartographer at Esri UK, said: ‘Spatial analysis can help give local authorities a rapid indication of capacity, for a range of different spaces in these unprecedented times, not just beaches, such as green space or even indoors.

’Obviously the figures come with a few caveats, as most beach goers are in groups of more than one and people don't remain static.’

Sampling COVID’s impact on Surrey image

Sampling COVID’s impact on Surrey

Michael Coughlin describes how Surrey CC is developing a ‘rich and granular’ understanding of how its residents, communities and the local economy are being impacted by the pandemic.
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