Return of wardens on borough’s coast

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for environment, the four beach wardens and Mayor Norma Redfearn on Tynemouth Longsands.
Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for environment, the four beach wardens and Mayor Norma Redfearn on Tynemouth Longsands.

A team of wardens are helping to keep watch over North Tyneside’s award-winning coastline this summer.

North Tyneside Council has reintroduced the beach wardens following their success last year.

As visitors flock to the borough’s coast, the wardens will work with the council’s year-round community and public spaces protection team to make sure the beaches are clean, safe and well-maintained.

The team of four will also work closely with the RNLI lifeguards, Northumbria Police, local businesses and residents to help deal with any potential problems or incidents.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “Since we introduced the beach wardens two summers ago, I have received many positive comments from residents, visitors and local business owners.

“I am delighted to be bringing back the team on the request of local people.

“Like so many of our residents, we are immensely proud of our coastline and it’s really important that it remains a top attraction for all to enjoy, and the wardens will help to ensure it does.”

The wardens have powers to issue fixed penalty notices to those who fail to fail to clean-up after their dogs or leave litter.

They will also help to enforce the local beach byelaws – which includes a dog ban on King Edward’s Bay, Longsands (south), Cullercoats Bay and Whitley Bay (south) during the summer months – as well as reminding people of the beach code of conduct.