Lifeguards to get base at Cayton beach

Cayton Bay. The scene where a new Lifeguard station is to be placed, next to the cafe. Picture Richard Ponter 142043b
Cayton Bay. The scene where a new Lifeguard station is to be placed, next to the cafe. Picture Richard Ponter 142043b

A bespoke lifeguard unit to allow visitors to Cayton Beach to get an extra level of security has been approved.

The hut will be built next to the existing cafe at the popular beach and will give the lifeguards a base to operate out of.

The structure was approved by Scarborough Council’s planning and development committee at its meeting on Thursday, last week.

The base on which the new unit would stand would be attached to the existing cafe shed platform and be constructed using galvanised sheet steal piling with a reinforced concrete capping.

In its submission to the committee that applicant, the RNLI, stated: “One of the main aims of lifeguards is to prevent incidents by education and a proactive approach to lifeguarding.

“Lifeguards from the proposed unit will operate regular patrols on foot along the beach area.”

As the unit will be seated on a raised level from the beach it will give the RNLI lifeguards and unobstructed view of the beach and water, from which to spot any developing incidents.

Earlier this month Cayton was awarded the highest possible rating for the standard of its bathing water, cementing its reputation as a popular surfing spot.

Work is due to begin on the structure in the near future.

Councillor Colin Haddington said: “This is a welcome application.
“Cayton is a very popular beach, not just with visitors but people from Scarborough wanting to escape the more crowded town beaches.
“I know of at least one incident that happened last year that could have been avoided if this had been there then.
“It will be a great peace of mind to everyone who knows the beach to know that there are trained professionals on patrol at Cayton.
“I’m glad we are now able to pass [the application].