zone launched this week on Brean beach
new car-free zone has been introduced on the beach next to Brean
Down this week.
zone - which covers the area between the Brean Cove Cafe and the
cliffs - was launched on Tuesday (May 4th) by the National Trust.
long line of wooden stakes which stretches out into the mud, as
pictured, marks the edge of the vehicle-free area.
will provide a quiet area where people can come and enjoy the
beach without the presence of cars," Mark Courtiour, Countryside
Manager with the National Trust, told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
will also make the beach much safer for everyone. The sand near
the cliffs is particularly soft and cars often get stuck here.
Drivers get caught out having driven from the firmer sand. If
they are lucky their cars are towed out in time, but if not the
tide claims them, with all the consequent upset to the owner,
financial loss, cost to the rescuers and importantly associated
pollution. This has happened regularly over the years on this
area of sand."
added that cars can still drive onto the beach from the Cove Cafe
slipway, and will be able to park on the National Trust beach
south of the slipway, as well as in the cafe car park.
Down itself, managed by the National Trust, is a Site of Special
Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is very important for its nature
conservation value and as a sanctuary for wildlife.
car free zone will provide a quieter transition from the beach
to the Down more in keeping with its SSSI status and Scheduled
gate allows access for emergency services, warden service, beach
cleaning and special events, as required.