Group hoping it is second time lucky

The Boardwalk Cafe at Whitley Bay.'REF 1308143951
The Boardwalk Cafe at Whitley Bay.'REF 1308143951

Campaigners battling to save a popular seafront cafe are hoping they have done enough after securing 2,000 names on their petition.

An initial petition by the ‘Save the Boardwalk’ campaign had been rejected by North Tyneside Council as some names on the petition were from people living outside the borough.

But now residents say they have secured the 2,000 local names needed for the issue to be debated at a full council meeting.

Campaigners are keen to see the historic Boardwalk Cafe, on Watts Slope in Whitley Bay, kept after the authority announced plans to demolish it as part of their regeneration plans for the seafront.

The council says the building restricts views along the northern promenade and has plans for an alternative on the site, much to the anger of residents.

Gillian Swanson, of Rockcliffe, Whitley Bay, said: “If we could have included regular patrons living outside North Tyneside, we could have doubled the number of signatories.”

Magdalena Niewitecka, also of Rockcliffe and who organised the campaign, added: “Now that we have achieved the target required by North Tyneside’s Petition Scheme, we have triggered a public meeting of the full council.

“This will allow us five minutes to present our case, after which the council will debate the issue.”

Pamela Hood, of Whitley Lodge, said: “This is just the beginning.

“We intend to bring some life back to our seafront again, so that tourists who spoke to us complaining about the state of Whitley Bay will be able to return to a place worth visiting.”

A council spokesperson said: “The council received a new petition on Monday, September 29, and is currently considering whether it meets the criteria of the council’s petition scheme.”