Scarborough Council deputy leader 'very grateful' to those who stayed away from coast this weekend

Scarborough Council's deputy leader says she is "very grateful" to those who stayed away from the coast over the bank holiday weekend.

By Carl Gavaghan, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Tuesday, 26th May 2020, 11:17 am
Updated Tuesday, 26th May 2020, 11:18 am

Cllr Liz Colling said that while the borough was busier it was not to the level of the scenes of beaches in the south of England that were crammed with sunseekers

Cllr Colling also praised the decision by North Yorkshire County Council to close Marine Drive, Royal Albert Drive, Sandside and Foreshore Road on Scarborough's seafront to traffic.

She said: "I think the weather helped as it was very windy on Saturday and Sunday before it got better on the Monday.

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North Bay on bank holiday weekend. Picture: JPI Media/ Tony Johnson

"I took a walk along the South Bay on Monday and there were people on the beach but they were all keeping their distance. The tide was out so that helped as there was more room.

"It also helped that the roads had been closed, which I think is a fantastic idea as it gives people space to spread out when they are walking.

"We have heard there may have been some issues inland, particularly around Beck Hole in Whitby with a large number of people gathering and I think the police have been informed about that.

"You cannot control everybody and it seems like there are some people who are determined to make trouble regardless of what environment they are put in."

South Bay on bank holiday weekend. Picture: JPI Media/ Tony Johnson

Cllr Colling also said it appeared there had not been a repeat of the previous weekend's scenes of rubbish being left on Scarborough's beaches.

She added: "So my biggest thanks go to those who stayed away, I am very grateful.

"And to those who did come, I say thank you for taking care when you were here.

"The message from me stays the same, stay home and save lives. If you do want to come then check the weather as if it is too hot then there is nowhere to shelter and likewise if it rains then you can't nip into the shops."

South Bay on bank holiday weekend. Picture: JPI Media/ Tony Johnson

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