Plea to think twice when visiting the Yorkshire coast

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Friday, 22 May 2020

People are being urged to think twice when heading to the Yorkshire coast this bank holiday weekend.

Our plea follows a rise in people visiting coastal towns and villages in the last couple of days as a result of the warm weather and concerns raised about the ability to socially distance in busy areas.

For those that choose to travel to the coast, we are asking them to avoid busy places, practise social distancing and respect local communities, the environment and other visitors.

Cllr Liz Colling, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth, said:

"I know local people are concerned about the difficulties in maintaining social distancing, cars blocking residential areas and litter left on beaches following the recent influx of visitors in the last couple of days.

"Working with our partners, we will do all we can for the safety and wellbeing of our residents and our visitors. In return, we need people to do their bit to help.

"I ask people to think twice, plan ahead before they set off on their journey and stay alert when they arrive. Please avoid busy areas, including narrow streets and pavements. Remember to respect social distancing at all times by staying at least two metres apart from anyone not in your household.

"Sadly, litter on our beaches is not unique to the current situation. It is something we see every year and there is no excuse for it. It’s bad for the environment and spoils other people’s experience. The seafront bins are close to beaches and takeaways where they are most needed and they are emptied regularly. I urge everyone to show some respect. Please dispose of your litter in the bins provided or bag it up and take it home with you. Please don’t feed the gulls."

We will carry out additional litter picks on beaches. We will also monitor the impact of visitors during the weekend and open some of our car parks and toilets in busy areas if there is a demand.

We will also support any decision North Yorkshire County Council takes to close key coastal roads to traffic during the weekend to allow more space for pedestrians to socially distance.