Residents’ concerns see changes to village plans

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Cullercoats seafront.'REF 1903145469

Residents are continuing to help shape improvements to Cullercoats while work is carried out to resolve ongoing concerns.

More than 120 residents attended a Community Conversation meeting in the village where officials from North Tyneside Council gave an update on the regeneration programme for the area.

Work has been taking place to improve the area while some plans have been changed due to feedback from concerned residents.

New plans have been drawn up for a proposed combined kiosk and public toilets in the bay area after more than 1,400 people signed a petition saying the size of the kiosk on the beach would have prevented fishermen from retrieving their boats in bad weather.

The new plans are to replace the existing kiosk on the current site and find an alternate location for the toilets, which will be drawn up with residents.

The combined kiosk and public toilets will now be installed in another coastal site.

Coun Carol Burdis, cabinet member for engagement said: “I am pleased that so many residents came along to the meeting to discuss how we can continue to improve this very special area.

“People were pleased to hear about the council’s plans but they have also raised concerns about a number of issues, which we will continue to address.

“These concerns included: the use of jet skis in the area; making sure there are disabled toilets; continuing to work with the police to address any anti-social behaviour; weed problems, and making sure that there are adequate rubbish bins.

“We are committed to working together with residents to work for the benefit of Cullercoats.

“We would welcome people to get involved in any way they can, whether joining our new Harbour Group, or letting us know when there are problems in their local area so we can investigate and where appropriate take action.”

The new Harbour Group aims to bring together representatives of the wider community, including fishermen, businesses and residents.