Work underway to stop erosion at beach

Work starts on sand bag filling at Tynemouth Long Sands.
Work starts on sand bag filling at Tynemouth Long Sands.

New efforts are underway to protect sand dunes at Tynemouth Long Sands from erosion.

Work is being carried out for North Tyneside Council by technical services partner Capita to protect and enhance the dunes’ defences.

The work – funded by a £57,000 grant from the Environment Agency – is due to last until the middle of November and includes fence repairs, construction of a boardwalk, signposting access routes, rebuilding sand dunes and marram grass planting.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for the environment, said: “I am delighted this work is underway; it’s vital we ensure the dunes are preserved and the beach can continue to be enjoyed by all.”

Capita’s operations director Barry Pilkington said: “We recognise that North Tyneside’s fantastic coastline is one of the borough’s jewels.

“We are delighted to be helping the council in its ongoing work to protect and safeguard the future of the sand dunes at Tynemouth Long Sands.”

A boardwalk, nearly 50 metres in length, is being constructed in the southern area of Long Sands at a popular access point to help prevent erosion by the public.