Give us a seafront we can all enjoy

Just when it seemed that there was a dearth of local subjects to write about, the council decide to pull down and replace the Victorian shelters on the seafront.

It was quite a clever move to attach the notices to the very bottom of the seat supports, which meant that not only did many people not even see them, but you had get flat on the ground to be able to read them.

A rather long letter and with no name on it is very much annoyed that we are to be denied the future use of such iconic structures.

But wait a moment, another, this one with a name wants them done away with. Even Steven then.

So let us have a look at things in the modern era.

These are without doubt long past their sell by date. Cast iron roof supports that are so badly rotted and corroded that if someone does not take them down, they will collapse under the weight of the totally rotten roof.

Walls with so many coats of touch-up paint that they are flaking so badly - don’t lean against them unless you want a blue back.

This is another instance of a mouldering seafront, uncut and unkempt. One of them has seating only for about six people now.

So far they have served many various social purposes; how many did their courting in them after the Empress finished on a Saturday night; who had an evening barbeque on the seats; a few drinks with friends; a place to throw-up in peace after the pubs threw out? Ahh for the good old days.

Only 2,000 names on the petition and the council are having second thoughts. Is that all it takes?

So bringing this subject up to modern times, and in a way emulating something about to take place 60 miles north of us, can I propose that North Tyneside Council hold a referendum as to what happens to these last icons of a long gone age. Do they go or do they stay?

There is so much said about coastal regeneration that it has become a meaningless phrase.

And it seems that we are once more without a plan; could we bring on Baldric as yet another consultant? He has plenty of plans, some of them very cunning indeed.

At the same time, could we have two further referenda; one to see if we want to join Northumberland with its benefits, and the second to see if we could possibly join with South Shields and be added to its seafront care and consideration. They could all go on the same voting slip to save money.

In short, get them down and get on with doing what everyone really wants – a new Whitley Bay seafront that we can enjoy as well as visitors.

Keith Armstrong

Whitley Bay