Cockle purge begins

Cocklers at Lytham. Coastguard interviewing a cockler.
Cocklers at Lytham. Coastguard interviewing a cockler.

A MAJOR new operation has been launched to crackdown on cocklers – as fed up Fylde Council prepared to send a delegation to London in a bid to bring the chaotic situation under control.

Enforcement action was taken against cocklers at Lytham,

Fifteen out of 30 boats were denied access to the beach as they were deemed unsafe due to lack of skippers’ qualifications, unsatisfactory paperwork and inadequate safety equipment, including out-of-date flares.

One hundred and fifty cocklers were challenged to produce valid IFCA permits.

Fifty were found to be unlicensed and were denied access to the beach.

In addition, from today, the council will introduce parking charges for vehicles and trailers on the beach at the Seafield Road slipway where staff will take cocklers’ payments and ask them to produce paperwork.

Full reports in this week’s Express.