This project, led by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council, has developed an app that helps to prevent overcrowding on UK beaches.
The Beach Check app was developed and piloted in 2020 by BCP Council. In 2021 it is being offered to all Beach Operators nationwide and the first expected to go live are: Adur & Worthing Councils, Havant Borough Council, Thanet District Council, West Wittering Estate, Redcar & Cleveland Council, Rother District Council and Torridge District Council.
All local authorities are invited to feature their beaches on the app and it is hoped that it will be used nationwide as part of the government’s COVID-19 safety measures.
About the app
The Beach Check UK app is a simple-to-use app that allows users to see how congested beaches are through a traffic light system, so that they can maintain social distancing.
Each section of the coast is coloured red, amber or green depending on how congested it is. At the start of the day, the map presents a prediction for how busy the beach is likely to become that day, based on several data points including CCTV, weather, and footfall counter data. From mid-morning onwards, the map is updated hourly by the Seafront Ranger team who patrol the beach.
Links are provided within the app for general information on public toilets at the seafront, cycling, dog exercise areas, and BBQ bylaws.