Laura Sharman 15 June 2020

Government urged to fast-track beach safety funding

Council leaders have called on the Government to fast-track funding to improve beach safety as people head to the coast during the good weather.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that many lifeguard services have been suspended, putting people at risk when they visit popular beach destinations.

Three people were seriously injured after jumping from the 200ft Durdle Door arch in Dorset. However, thousands of visitors flocked to the area again the next day, ignoring road closures.

The is calling for funding to help councils provide beach patrols and prominent safety signage. It also wants that a lack of open public toilets, illegal parking and increased litter is posing a serious public health risk.

Cllr Simon Blackburn, chair of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said: ‘Councils have serious concerns following the senseless behaviour and chaotic scenes we have witnessed at beaches and beauty spots around the country in recent weeks.

‘The tragic events we have seen should serve as a warning that there is a genuine risk to life if people don’t take care and follow safety guidelines. They are there for a reason and we would strongly urge people to pay attention and follow these.’

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