Wardens to return to borough beaches

The wardens who are returning to North Tyneside's beaches this summer.

The wardens who are returning to North Tyneside's beaches this summer.

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Wardens are set to return to North Tyneside beaches this summer following their successful trial last year.

North Tyneside Council and Northumbria Police introduced the seasonal team on a trial basis last year after speaking to local residents.

I am delighted that we’re bringing back this seasonal team

Mayor Norma Redfearn

And due to their success, the council has brought them back.

The team will work with the council’s environmental wardens to make sure the coastline is clean, safe and well-maintained.

They will also be working with the police, RNLI, local businesses and residents to help deal with any potential problems or incidents.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “I am delighted that we’re bringing back this seasonal team – the extra wardens made a big difference last year and were very well received.

“With thousands of people visiting our beaches each year, we must make sure they remain unspoilt and continue to be a wonderful place.”

Along with the existing beach team, the wardens will also be able to issue fixed penalty notices to people who fail to clean-up after their dogs or leave litter.

They will also help with enforcing the local beach byelaws, like keeping dogs off restricted areas of the beaches during the summer months.

The new wardens will be in place in June, to coincide with the start of the beach lifeguard service, and will be in place until mid-September.

The beach code of conduct is:

Please:

• Take litter home with you or use the bins provided

• Take heed of the dog byelaws, which includes a dog ban on force on Whitley Bay (south), Cullercoats Bay, Longsands (south) and King Edward’s Bay during the summer months

• Reduce, re-use or recycle your waste

• Observe the safety flags and beach signage at all times

• Take only photographs, leave only footprints

Please do not:

• Take glass on the beach

• Leave disposable BBQs on the beach

• Make fires on the beach

• Camp on the beach

• Drive on the beach – unauthorised vehicles are not permitted