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Seahouses RNLI express concern re car parking

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI at Seahouses are expressing serious concern over the number of motor vehicles being parked indiscrimately in the Beadnell and other areas, blocking emergency service access to the beach.

There have been a number of recent incidents on the beaches requiring a response by the emergency services. The two main Beadnell Bay access points being from the main car park, where vehicles have been parked across the access gate, and by Beach Court beside Beadnell Harbour, where visitors' cars have parked on yellow lines, and double parked in places.

It is essential that these access points are left clear, as the RNLI and other emergency services require 24/7 access. The problem appears to be exasperated by the numbers of visitors - perhaps staycationers - visiting the Seahouses, Beadnell and Bamburgh areas.

Seahouses Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Clayton added, 'Visitors are vital to the local economy, and are welcome to enjoy our coastline. However we must urge visiting vehicle users to be considerate and responsible when parking. Please, please, do NOT obstruct access points onto the beach, and comply with yellow line restrictions. If emergency vehicles are prevented from reaching an incident quickly, there could be loss of life. All we ask is a little common sense, consideration and forethought, to keep everyone safe.'


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