Latest: Scarborough oil spill

Oil warning signs which have been placed on South Bay in Scarborough. Picture by Neil Silk.
Oil warning signs which have been placed on South Bay in Scarborough. Picture by Neil Silk.

No further signs of oil have been found along Scarborough’s coastline, however warnings are still in place, the council has said.

Andy Skelton, Scarborough Council’s head of environmental services said: “Further to the oil deposits washed up on a 15 mile stretch of our coastline overnight Sunday into Monday, and yesterday’s clean up operation, our staff have been out this morning inspecting the beaches that were affected yesterday to check for any further signs of oil.

“Following those inspections, we can confirm that no further deposits have been brought onto the beaches following last night’s tide and together with our key partners, we take the view that the worst of the problems are over. However, our staff will continue to monitor our beaches and carry out any cleaning required should further deposits of oil be washed ashore.

“We will be keeping our warning signs in place at Scarborough South Bay, Cornelian Bay, Cayton Bay and Filey beaches as a precautionary measure. We note that surfers are once again in the sea without experiencing any apparent problems and we advise that they proceed with caution while enjoying their sport and contact us should any problems arise so that we can deal with them promptly.

“I would like to stress that our beaches are not closed and haven’t been closed at any time during this incident. However, we would advise members of the public, and in particular dog walkers, to take care when walking on the beaches and if they do come across any oil deposits to stay clear of them and report their finds to us.

“The RSPB and other wildlife organisations have received some reports of oiled seabirds. Our officers will monitor the situation during their beach inspections and we will maintain contact with the relevant organisations.”