Water-craft use is a topical problem

There have been a number of letters dealing with issues all over North Tyneside, which may well apply to Cullercoats and a recent ‘Conversations’ meeting held by the mayor and members of her team at Marden High School.

Safe roads, pedestrian crossings and traffic lights and pavements, all have to avoid hazards arising from motor vehicles, cyclists, etc, imposing themselves on the general public.

However, nothing arising at the Cullercoats meetings will more with the mayor than the letter from Helen Farnkenburg (News Guardian, June 5), who had the pleasure of seing a number of dolphins near the mouth of the Tyne, something few of us see.

The unwelcome and hazardous intrusion by a ‘school of water-craft’ was an example of the behaviour described loudly at a meeting on May 29.

The whole meeting was dominated by the unwanted water-craft machines impacting on local beach users.

Whereas we do not want to see any damage being done to dolphins, the occasional seal or other water life, the people at Cullercoats Bay have seen unfortunate incidents in the relatively small, sheltered area of water inside the piers.

These water-craft machines need to be licenced and accept the national and local regulations for such sport, which seems to be conducted by people of higher-than-average means.

If the conjunction of dolphins and water-craft users was in open waters outside Cullercoats or the Tyne piers, it may be difficult to prove anything actually illegal took place.

The proximity of dolphins, or those hardy swimmers who reach the open sea, requires common sense, of course, but this is not apparent to coastal residents of North Tyneside.

It is likely that similar issues will arise at South Tyneside, and perhaps joint action can be taken, as the letter very clearly stated a situation was witnessed.

Mr AM Johnson