Council re-open beaches after flooding clean up

Beaches in North Tyneside have re-opened after last week’s flooding and storm.

Teams of staff from North Tyneside Council and its partner Capita were out along the coast over the weekend ensuring areas affected by the tidal surge and subsequent higher than usual tides were safe.

They inspected the sea front area from the Ferry landing in North Shields to St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay.

They have been able to re-open the majority of Longsands beach, which was initially closed off, due to concerns around the stability of sand dunes and missing fencing.

However, there are still a few areas where the public will need to be cautious, including Watts Slope – the area outside the Boardwalk Café in Whitley Bay, where concrete and tarmac has been removed from the highways

At High Point, where 20 to 30 metres of fencing was missing – leaving a drop of around 20 feet onto the rocks and sea below – the areas have been made safe, pending a permanent solution.

Tynemouth Longsands beach has sustained substantial coastal edge damage with a significant amount of sand gone from the shore.

There has also been some damage to the caves at Cullercoats Bay. A large amount of sandstone has collapsed from the upper levels and there are a few tonnes of stone to clear.

The North Pier at Tynemouth remains closed and Port of Tyne Security will continue to monitor conditions for public access.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “Public safety was our priority in responding to the impact of floods, and that meant we had to close off Longsands beach on Friday and over the weekend to allow us to assess the damage and put initial measures in place.

“We appreciate the support we have had from the public in observing our warnings and barriers.

“I am delighted that we can now confirm that the beaches are again open for public use.

“The council is now preparing a longer term plan to address the physical repairs works needed. However, some of the damage, such as the removal of the sand from the beach will be something that will be renewed as part of the natural process.

“Finally can I thank all those involved in keeping the public safe.”