Flower power to improve seaside

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A FURTHER facelift looks to be on the Way for North Tyneside’s coastline.

A joint effort by North Tyneside Council and Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade to improve the appearance of the town was so successful that plans are now afoot to keep up the good work by going even further.

Environmental improvements including spruced-up floral displays are now being lined up for the stretch of coastline from St Mary’s Lighthouse down to Tynemouth Priory.

Bill Taylor, an environmental officer at the council, told the chamber’s latest meeting: “We’re trying to get a consistent approach.

“We have listened to people, and they say streets are cleaned better in some areas better than others, and some have better flowers.

“We’ve taken it on board and come up with this coastal strip area.

“We’ve been doing a lot of work. The councillors have been fighting to get things done.

“This coastal strip idea will benefit everybody from Tynemouth to Whitley Bay.

“Let’s hope it follows on from what we’ve got here.

“We do work closely with the chamber, and it works really well.

“We do take on board all the questions and comments. We’ve tried new planters, and people have given us new ideas, and if we can do it, we will.”

Chamber chairman Karen Goldfinch said: “I don’t think people realise the amount of work the environmental team does for the town.”