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Beach visitor support

Published Thursday 3 September, 2020
Last updated on Tuesday 22 September, 2020

Swale Borough Council will now have additional officers patrolling the boroughs bathing beaches to provide an additional layer of support to beach goers.

Both Minster Leas and Sheerness beaches will see two security guards - provided by Total Security - every day throughout the summer.

They will be in place until 6 September from 10am to 6pm.

Cllr Tim Valentine, cabinet member for environment at the council, said:

“We’re pleased to offer our beach goers with additional support at the beaches the RNLI are unable to cover this summer.

“The officers will be on hand to answer any questions the public may have such as where they can walk their dog, find the nearest toilets or get something to eat and drink.

“Where can I park, how can I get a beach hut and why don’t we have any lifeguards are also questions we regularly get asked.

“Due to the timing of lockdown, lifeguards will only be in place at Leysdown this summer as the RNLI were unable to carry out the essential training needed to provide cover for Minster Leas and Sheerness this year.

“Although the security guards will be in place to help support people with their questions, it’s important for beachgoers to remember that they are not lifeguards, and we urge people to be responsible in the water and follow the safety guidelines.

“In the absence of a lifeguard, people should call 999 and ask for the Coastguard in a water related emergency.”

For more information about our beaches visit our seafront page.