New wardens to watch over beaches this summer

Mayor Norma Redfearn and Coun John Stirling (both pictured right) with council staff at Longsands beach.
Mayor Norma Redfearn and Coun John Stirling (both pictured right) with council staff at Longsands beach.

New patrols are to be introduced this summer to help keep beaches clean and safe.

Following the news that three beaches have again scooped prestigious Blue Flags, North Tyneside Council is looking to introduce a new team.

The team of seasonal beach wardens will watch over the coastline.

Starting in June, their job is to keep the coastline clean, safe and well-maintained and also help to enforce the beach bylaws.

The team will also work closely with the police, RNLI, local businesses and residents to help deal with any potential problems or incidents.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for Environment, said: “The seasonal wardens have been a fantastic addition to our beaches since they were introduced in 2014.

“We are incredibly proud of our beautiful beaches and these wardens always come in and do a great job of helping make sure our coastline remains a top attraction for people to enjoy.”

Prestigious Blue Flags will again fly over Tynemouth Longsands (south), King Edward’s Bay and Whitley Bay (south) while all three – plus Cullercoats Bay – received a Seaside Award.

Speaking on the news, Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “We are delighted that our beaches have once again been recognised in such a prestigious way.

“We are immensely lucky to have such a beautiful coastline here in North Tyneside; our beaches are among the very best in Europe and these Blue Flag awards are a real symbol of their quality.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our staff who work so hard to maintain this award-winning standard, as well as all of the visitors and businesses along our coast who always treat it with the utmost respect.”

The awards are administered by Keep Britain Tidy and beaches must fulfil strict requirements.

Visitors are also reminded that the beach dog ban is also now in place and runs until September 30.

During this time, dogs are not allowed on Longsands (south), Whitley Bay (south), Cullercoats Bay and King Edward’s Bay.