25th March 2021

The meeting was held by video conference (on Zoom), between 11.00am-3.00pm.

Key Points:

  • Member Champions updated on the excellent work being undertaken by the Working Groups.
  • The Coastal SIG Forward Work Plan 2021/22 was approved.
  • Cllr David Jeffels (Scarborough Borough Council) gave a Members Update about a scheme at Robin Hoods Bay that has been highly successful thanks to partnership working.
  • Natasha Bradshaw and Amy Pryor presented on the Coastal Based Approach. 
  • The RNLI gave an update on their enhanced preparation work in anticipation of a busy summer.
  • The RNLI and Her Majesty’s Coastguard have jointly written to all local authorities and will be providing information every month from May with data to support safety measures.
  • BCP Council’s Beach Check App is being rolled out nationally with funding from MHCLG. 
  • MHCLG joined to listen to Councillors regarding the lifting of lockdown and concerns about irresponsible behaviour and waste management were raised.
  • Rob Clark of the Association of IFCAs thanked local authorities for their support since the conception of IFCAs and Cllr Mark Roberts (now Chair of Southern IFCA) outlined his experience of sitting on the IFCA as a very interesting and rewarding role. Members are encouraged to engage with their local IFCA.
  • The Great Tour project will be developing over the next few years to create a national cycle route all around the coast of Great Britain.
  • Adrian Clarke and Mel Nicholls from the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) gave a short presentation on the Coastal Concordat and Marine Planning.

Contact lgacoastalsig@southtyneside.gov.uk for more information.