A new project has been announced to improve beach safety at Old Hunstanton.
King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council, the RNLI and the le Strange State are putting up new updateable signs with info about hazards and digitally updated tide times by Easter.
Stuart Dark MBE, council leader, said: “We know that our local lifeboat crew do wonderful work so, when they approached us saying that they were having more emergency callouts in Old Hunstanton due to holidaymakers not knowing the tide times and the dangers of being cut off from shore, we wanted to help them all we could.
“It became clear that a simple and straightforward solution to increase public safety and decrease demand on the crew was available by putting in clear signage and it was absolutely right that we, as a council, found the money to make this happen promptly.”
Charles le Strange Meakin, of the le Strange Estate and president of Hunstanton RNLI, said: “I’m very grateful to the borough council for their help in improving public safety information here at Old Hunstanton. It’s a great contribution to keep beach users safe.”
Rigil Kent, Lifeboat Operations Manager, Hunstanton RNLI, said: “The installation of the safety sign has been a great collaboration between the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, The Le Strange Estate and the RNLI. To see it coming to fruition makes us all very proud that we are able to display safety messaging in such a pragmatic way. Hunstanton Lifeboat Station has always displayed tide times on the station notice boards but these were not easy for everybody to read. The new sign displays the tide time electronically, features a scrolling screen which can be used for additional safety messaging, and includes printed beach safety messaging. We would like to thank the borough council and Le Strange Estate for working with us and for helping us to make our beaches safer.”