Concern at '˜appalling' state of Spittal beach

Concerns have been raised about the state of Spittal beach and promenade ahead of the start of the tourist season.

Thursday, 24th March 2016, 12:47 pm
Updated Thursday, 24th March 2016, 11:22 am
Spittal Seaside Festival

The issue was raised by local resident Brian Darling at Berwick Town Council’s meeting on Monday night.

“It’s absolutely appalling,” he said. “I think Spittal beach is very important to the future of this town but it needs more care. It’s an absolute tip.”

Spittal town councillors Hazel Bettison and Ivor Dixon said they were aware of the problems and had contacted Northumberland County Council.

Cllr Bettison said: “It’s a county council matter but my understanding is that the work has not finished yet and they will be coming back to clear away the sticks.”

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Cllr Dixon added: “The first phase involved diggers on the beach, the second phase was cleaning the prom and the third is for the council to come back and finish off the work.”

But Cllr David Blackburn said: “This is a tourist town and we’re coming up to Easter. If we get a beautiful weekend there will be lots of people heading to Spittal and kids wanting to play on the beach. They are going to be left very disappointed unless something is done to clear the mess.”

Meanwhile, a Spittal resident, who did not want to be named, has expressed disgust at dog fouling on the promenade.

“The minority of dog walkers who are irresponsible make it so hard to promote our lovely town to outsiders and spoil life for us residents too.

“Looks like we need to move towards further restrictions with dogs on leads at all times on the pavements and the promenade especially. We recently encountered someone who thought it was OK to have his dogs inside the children’s play area here in Spittal!”

“Let’s have some prosecutions to target this problem, cameras at the ready!

“Those who arrive in Spittal and let their dogs rush off out of their immediate control are the problem. No sign of leads anywhere, dog poo not likely to be seen and dealt with properly.”