Photos show how work is progressing at Marsden Bay as steps and former lifeguard station demolished

Dramatic photos show the now empty spot on the Marsden Bay cliff face where the Redwell Steps once stood.

The disused former Marsden Lifeguard Station and canoe store, that was situated on the lower section of the steps has now also been demolished as part of a £440,000 partnership project between South Tyneside Council and the National Trust.

The old lifeguard and canoe store buildings have been closed for many years and over this time, their condition has deteriorated with the structures at increased risk of collapse.

Top right, Marsden Bay steps before the project started. Left and bottom right, the now demolished steps as captured by reader Gary Rivers.

Although Redwell Steps have been repaired previously, the concrete remains susceptible to ongoing natural coastal erosion.

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Following the demolition work, the lower steps will be replaced with a new timber and steel structure providing a safe and sustainable access to the beach – with construction work planned for next year.

Planning permission was granted last year with demolition work scheduled to avoid disturbing birds during the breeding and nesting seasons.

The Redwell Steps have now been completely demolished. Photo by Gary Rivers.

Access to Marsden Bay from Camel Island and the Marsden Grotto is being maintained during the course of the works, with visitors to the bay advised to check tide times and follow advice on staying safe at the seaside.

Eric Wilton, general manager for the National Trust Souter Lighthouse and the Leas said: “We’re delighted to be working with South Tyneside Council to improve and secure long-term access to Marsden Bay.”

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The original Marsden Bay north steps have been repaired over the years but ongoing coastal erosion has meant they have continued to collapse.
New photos from reader Gary Rivers show how the Redwell Steps have now been completely demolished.