To ensure that residents and tourists are able to fully enjoy the spectacular East Riding coast this Easter, the council has issued a reminder about potential safety issues on beaches and cliff tops.
Long stretches of the East Riding's 85-kilometre coastline may be affected by coastal erosion as a result of natural processes. Cliff losses linked to coastal erosion can occur at any time of the year, and visitors and residents are advised to take care on the beaches and cliff tops, by following these safety tips:
When on the beach:
• Plan your route, including access back to the cliff top, before going onto the beach.
• Take note of the predicted tide times and any storm warnings from the Environment Agency (these can be found at www.environment-agency.gov.uk).
• Do not walk at the foot of cliffs as they may be unstable. Never choose the base of the cliffs as a spot for sunbathing or picnicking.
• Do not attempt to climb the cliffs.
• Beware of falling rocks and debris from the cliff top.
• Never touch or take away objects that have been revealed as the result of an erosion incident. To report suspicious items or coastal problems/incidents, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard, giving the location of the issue. This will assist in ensuring a prompt and accurate response from the emergency services.
• Avoid any structures or debris, including the remnants of historic military infrastructure.
When on the cliff top:
• Treat all cliffs as potentially dangerous. Children and pets should be supervised and kept under control at all times.
• Keep away from all cliff edges as they may be dangerously undercut by wave action. Take note of any signs or barriers restricting access or warning of danger.
• Do not climb down cliffs as they may be unstable and can crumble without warning.
• Do not throw any items off the cliff top onto the beach.
• Do not try to access the beach from the cliff top (other than from a signed and designated beach access point).
The council would like to stress that large cliff falls are infrequent and that, by following the advice given above, visitors to the East Riding coast can enjoy a relaxing and safe experience.
For more information about staying safe at the coast whilst enjoying everything that it has to offer, call the foreshores office in Bridlington on South Promenade on 01262 678255, or email them on firstname.lastname@example.org
Or visit the council's website at http://www2.eastriding.gov.uk/leisure/tourism-and-attractions/coastal-attractions/seaside-resorts-and-promenades/