Sefton Council is proposing to site a shipping container cafe at Ainsdale Beach in Southport

Two pop-up shipping container cafes could soon appear in Ainsdale in Southport. 

Sefton Council has submitted a planning application for two food and drink containers to be sited at the picnic area on Shore Road in Ainsdale. 

One unit would be converted to sell fish and chips, with the other selling coffee and desserts. 

The containers would be on site for a period of six months. 

The picnic area would also include a seating area and a bike rack, with the entrance from Shore Road. 

The 20ft Container Cafe has been created by Portable Space, and is one of the firm’s most popular shipping container conversions. It has been converted by the Portable Space specialist in-house team for use as a food or drinks serving unit. 

Kitchen equipment including sinks, worktops, coffee machines, ovens etc are available to meet any specification.

It is among a number of changes the council is making in Ainsdale this year. 

Parking charges have been revealed for the new beach parking facilities, with a specially reduced ticket costing £30. This remains available to anyone driving an electric or hybrid car, as part of measures to encourage the use of more environmentally-friendly transport.

The standard day visitor rate for the car park has been increased by £2, to £10 per day to cover the costs of the latest improvements and generate income for the long-term care of Sefton’s unique 22-mile coastline.

Residents and visitors alike will continue to be encouraged to travel by other means to the beach too, as part of the Council’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and tackling the Climate Change Emergency. People can access the coast via local walking and cycling routes, as well as wheelchair and pram friendly access through Ainsdale station and village. 

Beach car parking charges for 2021:

  • £10 per day for cars
  • £16 per day for horseboxes or minibuses
  • 50% off the above rates after 4pm subject to car parking management arrangements
  • £30 season ticket for Sefton residents and those who drive an electric or hybrid vehicle

An online form to purchase season tickets will be made available on the Sefton Council website in the coming weeks. 

In 2020, the Council saw huge numbers of visitors flocking to the coast. This highlighted the need for further investment to maintain the best possible experience for all beach users, while factoring in important conservation and environmental needs.  

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1 Comment
  1. Christine Ledson 1 month ago

    This is fantastic news, but concerned over public toilets, I know previously it was mentioned about pop up temporary toilets, but who are cleaning these ?????

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