Work under way on beach front facility

Artist's impression of how the new beach restaurant, kiosk and public toilets will look.

Artist's impression of how the new beach restaurant, kiosk and public toilets will look.

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Work has begun on a new beach front restaurant in Tynemouth.

Owners the Wilson family have joined forces with North Tyneside Council to create the new facility with seaside views.

The restaurant – with first floor panoramic windows, lift, take-away kiosk and public toilets – is being built on the site of the old public conveniences at Long Sands North.

The Wilson family, who own Crusoe’s restaurant further along the beach, are confident the venture will benefit the community and the appearance of the seafront.

Howard Wilson said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with North Tyneside Council, who have great plans to improve the area and attract more visitors.

“The new Crusoe’s North Sands will be up and running by Easter.”

Mayor Norma Redfearn added: “Quality developments such as this are further proof that our promised multi-million pound transformation of the seafront is well under way.

“Officers have been working with the Wilson family and together they have produced what will be an attractive and much needed facility with revamped toilets, an improved road, better parking, handrails and lighting.

“I’m sure the new Crusoe’s North Sands will soon become a firm favourite and I wish the Wilson family all the very best with their new venture.”

To make access and parking easier for restaurant users and seafront visitors, the council is carrying out a series of improvements to the road leading down to it.

The building work is expected to be completed in six months and during this time the public toilets will be closed.

Signs are in place directing people to the nearest public conveniences at Tynemouth Longsands South or Cullercoats South.