Seafront Set for Summer

Posted by: caroline smith on 26 May 2023 09:27

South Tyneside Council is getting set for a busy summer season in South Shields with its annual sand levelling and seafront spruce up works.

The sand clearance and beach reinstatement programme involves both mechanical and manual methods of moving wind-swept sand from footpaths and redistributing it back onto the beach. 

Beach clearance at Sandhaven
Beach clearing at Sandhaven

The Council has also been undertaking clean-up activities along the foreshore as well as giving the Sea Road 'blue waves' footpath a new lick of paint.

Councillor Ernest Gibson, Lead Member for Neighbourhoods and Climate Change, said: "The sand clearance and beach reinstatement works are carried out in anticipation of the summer months ahead.


"This involves removing sand which has built up along our promenades and pathways over the winter as well as redistributing the sand along the full length of our beaches.  This is necessary as winter storms move sand up the beach. In addition to this, our beaches are cleaned daily.


"We recently secured the Seaside Award for Sandhaven, on the back of being named the Sunday Times 'Best Beach of the Year 2022'. These works really help us to make sure our seafront is looking at its very best, not only for our residents, but for the thousands of people expected to descend on South Shields this summer." 


Visitors to beaches are asked to dispose of their litter responsibly.


Councillor Gibson added: "We would also encourage people to support us by disposing of their litter in the bins provided or taking it home with them.


"Litter, particularly plastics, has a detrimental impact on our natural environment and discarded cans and bottles can cause injury. Seabirds and marine wildlife can also eat litter thinking it is food, with devastating consequences."


The beach cleansing works are just one of the way the Council is delivering on its ambition for residents to be 'part of strong communities.'


Last modified: 26 May 2023 09:34