Formby Beach could get a brand new car park, with plans unveiled ahead of a busy summer at the Sefton coast.
People from near and far flock to the beach on sunny days, and the National Trust say they plan to build a new place for visitors to park.
Currently those coming to the beach by car can park at one of two car parks - at Victoria Road, and Lifeboat Road.
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Because of congestion, and the car parks being relatively small, National Trust and Sefton Council advise people to come to the beach by public transport and/or on foot where possible.
New plans include replacing the current Victoria Road car park with a "long lasting" car park - with the existing car park now losing eight parking spaces a year from sand.
The beach also has a huge pile of rubble built up with the charity set to remove the pile and clear the area for visitors and residents.
The rubble will then be recycled into building the new car park.
This approach would avoid the need for thousands of lorry-loads of rubble to be driven through residential streets in Formby and Freshfields – causing noise and traffic disruption for residents – as the majority of rubble material would be re-used safely on site without having to be taken away.
The proposal is due to go to Sefton Council for planning approval this summer. If the application is successful, work is expected to start in in late 2022.
Kate Martin, lead ranger at National Trust Formby, said: “Right now Formby’s sand dune habitats at Victoria Road are fragmented and disconnected, with man-made objects like construction rubble stopping the sand from moving naturally. Sand dunes like Formby’s need to be free to move – it’s this movement that create the special habitats that rare species need to thrive.
“This proposal looks to reconnect the natural dune habitats and establish wildlife corridors for some of Formby’s rarest residents, including the very special natterjack toad."