This project used their C-19 Challenge funding to add extra functionality to the BeachCheck smartphone application that had already been developed. The app helps to prevent overcrowding on Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole’s beaches by telling people how busy sections are, so that they can maintain social distancing.
Each section of the coast is coloured red, amber or green depending on how congested that section of the seafront 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 historic data, CCTV, weather and footfall counter data. From mid-morning onwards, the colour coded map is updated hourly by our 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.