Repairs to a promenade are set to continue this month as part of a massive scheme to regenerate the coast.

It is the latest step in North Tyneside Council’s multi-million-pound investment which aims to revitalise the coast at Whitley Bay.

The repairs to Southern Promenade, which are being funded by the Environment Agency, will include infilling a redundant stairwell to create a continuous seawall, which will help reduce the risk of future storm damage.

Subject to other projects progressing as planned, work is expected to start mid/late July and last around ten weeks, with working hours between 7.30am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Coun Carl Johnson, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “The Southern Promenade seawall is an important sea defence along Whitley Bay’s coastline.

“Our efforts will help prevent further damage to the seawall, thus securing its long-term future.

“This is another important step in our Ambition for North Tyneside vision which sets out how we hope to help shape the borough and make sure it is fit for the future.”

Members of the public won’t be able to access Southern Promenade while the work is being carried out. Ahead of the works getting under way, the construction team will set up a compound on Rockcliffe Gardens.

Guides will be marked on the footway next to the compound to enable pedestrians to pass safely and in line with social-distancing guidelines.

There may be times when a crane is required to lower materials onto the promenade. When the crane is in operation, pedestrians will be temporarily diverted on to the opposite side of Rockcliffe Gardens for their safety.

North Tyneside Council’s partner Capita will be carrying out the work. For more information, visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk or call the Major Projects team on (0191) 643 6500 or email [email protected]