Visitors urged to respect South Shields seafront ahead of bank holiday weekend

Beach teams have been working hard to get South Shields’ seafront set for summer – and now they are asking visitors to help keep it clean and tidy.

By Ross Robertson
Friday, 28th May 2021, 3:53 pm
Updated Friday, 28th May 2021, 3:56 pm

South Tyneside Council said staff have been pulling out all the stops to get the seafront area ready for families to enjoy safely over the summer season.

The council has also placed extra waste bins along the foreshore, including bins specifically for bottles and cans for recycling.

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South Tyneside Council Cllr Ernest Gibson, with season beach workers, John Hunter, Rya MacAtee, Ian Winter and Danny George, with new waste recycling bins along the walkway, Sandhaven Beach, South Shields.

But chiefs are asking people to respect the environment – and each other – as the bank holiday weekend gets underway.

After a large amount of litter was left along the coast in the sunny week running up to Easter weekend, the authority is reminding people there is ‘no excuse’ to make a mess of our seafront and parks.

Councillor Ernest Gibson, lead member for Area Management and Community Safety, said: “We are extremely proud of our award-winning beaches and our teams have been getting our beaches ready to welcome visitors over the Bank Holiday weekend and beyond.

“Every year, in anticipation of the summer months ahead, we clear sand which has built up over the winter months along our promenades and redistribute it along our beaches. In addition, our beaches are cleaned every morning.

The seafront looking spick and span ahead of bank holiday weekend

“Of course, we want to make sure our foreshore is looking its very best and that it remains a clean, tidy and safe place for people to enjoy.

“With plenty more bins provided along the foreshore area, there really is no excuse for anyone to be leaving litter. We would urge visitors to use the bins provided. If a bin is full, then please take it to the next available one – or take it home.”

He added: “Help us to keep our parks, beaches and open spaces clean, with only footprints left behind on the sand please.”

Residents and visitors to the area are also encouraged not to feed the seagulls while they are out and about, with any leftover food placed in the bins provided.

The seafront looking spick and span ahead of bank holiday weekend

Dog owners are reminded that dogs are not permitted on Sandhaven, from May to September, between 8am and 6pm.

Councillor Gibson said: “We want people to have a great time when they visit our seafront this summer, but it is important that they stay safe. Aside from taking vital beach and water safety precautions, we must remember that right now national restrictions are also still in place and it is imperative we remain cautious and considerate.

“We ask that anyone visiting our coastline this weekend continues to follow the rules around Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air, be sensible and maintain a safe distance from others to help protect our communities.”

Teams out cleaning the beach

For further information about South Tyneside beaches and seafront area visit the council’s website at

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