New machine is digging in to help ensure beaches look their best

Coun John Stirling and members of North Tyneside Council's environment team with the new vehicle.
Coun John Stirling and members of North Tyneside Council's environment team with the new vehicle.
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A new tool is helping to keep North Tyneside beaches looking their best.

A state-of-the-art mechanical beach rake is helping North Tyneside Council maintain its Blue Flags and Seaside Awards.

The acquisition of the new machine shows the council’s commitment to maintain the standards of it’s public open spaces

Coun John Stirling

The vehicle, the latest addition to the authority’s fleet, will be backed up with seasonal manual beach maintenance teams and beach wardens.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for the environment, said: “The new machine is obviously more reliable than our older equipment and with its upgrades and new features, will make it easier for the team to use.

“The acquisition of the new machine shows the council’s commitment to maintain the standards of its public open spaces in the challenging current economic climate to ensure North Tyneside can continue to attract visitors to the beaches, which are so important to the local economy.”

North Tyneside’s new team of beach wardens are also returning to the borough’s coast after a successful pilot last year, funded by the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, and will be in place until mid-September.

Their job will be to work with the council’s environmental wardens to make sure the coastline continues to be clean, safe and well-maintained.

They will be working closely with the police, RNLI, businesses and residents to help deal with any potential problems. This includes being able to issue fixed penalty notices to people who fail to clean-up after their dogs or leave litter.

Earlier this year the council scooped the prestigious Blue Flag award for Tynemouth Longsands (south), King Edward’s Bay and Whitley Bay (south) for the 20th year in a row, recognising clean water, litter free sands and top notch facilities. All three, plus Cullercoats Bay, have a Seaside Award.

On some beaches a dog ban is in place until September 30.