Safer Shores campaign is underway

Safer Shores 2019 is an initiative make sure everyone can make the most of a fantastic summer on Ayrshire's beaches.
Safer Shores 2019 is an initiative make sure everyone can make the most of a fantastic summer on Ayrshire's beaches.

The Ayrshire Safer Shores 2019 campaign launched at the weekend, with the message: ‘No alcohol, no antisocial behaviour – just fun in the sun!’

Councils, emergency services, NHS and other Ayrshire Safer Shores partners such asAbellio ScotRail, British Red Cross, British Transport Police, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Police Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service, and Scottish Fire and Rescue have all signed up to the initiative which aims to safeguard people visiting the Ayrshire coast during ‘beach season’, ensuring people can travel safely and are safe from crime and disorder.

Alongside this, partners work to maintain Ayrshire’s status as a leading visitor destination and minimise any impact on local communities. The plan sets out what partners will do to maximise public safety, minimise disorder and provide public reassurance to ensure everyone can enjoy Ayrshire’s safer shores over the summer.

This includes alcohol bans on trains to and from the Ayrshire coast; extra Police Scotland and British Transport Police patrols on trains, in and around train stations, and on the beaches; increased community safety, environmental and Coastguard patrols; and enforcement of the no alcohol by-law in public places – including beaches.

South Ayrshire Council leader Douglas Campbell, said: “Our beaches are fantastic places to spend a hot, sunny summer day. While we know the majority of people just want to enjoy the sunshine and a great day out, our Safer Shores campaign shows that we will not tolerate drinking or antisocial behaviour that has the potential to ruin that fun in the sun for everyone else.

“We look forward to ensuring everyone can have a day to remember for all the right reasons.”

Colin Martin, Operations Superintendent for Police Scotland’s Ayrshire Division, said: “Ayrshire’s beaches are popular tourist destinations for visitors and local residents over the summer months and we want to ensure that these areas can be enjoyed by everyone.

“By working collaboratively with partners on Safer Shores 2019, we are committed to working together to keep people safe by robustly tackling crime and antisocial behaviour as we did last year. In particular, we will be targeting alcohol abuse on beaches and transport networks, which will not be tolerated. As well as enforcement and confiscation, we are again working closely with partners in the licensing trade to ensure that legislation and practice in relation to off-sales is rigorously applied.

“We want to ensure that everyone has a safe and most importantly enjoyable visit to our Ayrshire beaches.”

You can keep up-to-date with the Ayrshire Safer Shores campaign by following the hashtag #AyrshireSaferShores on social media.