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Visitor concerns as lockdown rules relaxed

People could be told to visit Blackpool at low tide amid fears the relaxation of lockdown rules could lead to the resort being inundated with visitors wanting a walk on the beach.

New government guidance means from Wednesday May 13 people can travel to outdoor open space irrespective of distance.
A virtual meeting of Blackpool Council, held via video link, heard the resort did not want “throngs of people” but if they were visiting, then it made sense to encourage them to use the beach when the tide was out and there is more space.
Coun Michelle Scott said many of her constituents were worried about an influx of visitors to the town.
She said: “I have already seen and heard from many constituents who are worried that Blackpool might become inundated.
“It’s a lovely place to live in and to visit, but people want to feel safe where they live.”
Chief executive Neil Jack said the council would not encourage visits to Blackpool, but it was important to  ensure if they did travel to the coast people were kept safe.
He said: “We wouldn’t be having any campaigns to encourage people to take their leisure time here, but we do need to be able to make Blackpool a safe place to visit and make sure people are respectful of others when they do visit.”
Mr Jack said the resort was “probably going to be in that strange period over the next number of months where there are no pubs or traditional attractions open” but people would want to use the beach.
He said: “One of the things we have never advertised before is low tide. At low tide it is a perfectly good time to come and have a wander on the beach in Blackpool because the beach is vast.”
But he warned any visitors must act responsibly and the council would continue to work  with the police around enforcement.
Mr Jack said: “We will be working closely with the police on enforcement so there is a sensible message which says there is nothing wrong with having a nice walk along Blackpool beach, but we don’t want throngs of people because this is not safe.”
 

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