Roker Beach in Sunderland is set to be given accessibility improvements after the local council allocated nearly £25,000 of funding for the project.
The Blue Flag awarded Roker Beach is one of the top tourist attractions in Sunderland.
Now, thanks to a £24,975 allocation from Sunderland City Council’s North Area Committee, the Beach Access for Roker Beach project has received a significant boost.
The funding is intended for the improvement of accessibility and to offer equipment for people in wheelchairs or with mobility issues.
This will include providing adapted beach-accessible wheelchairs that can be borrowed from a site along the seafront.
By Summer 2021, this project aims to initially install a fully clad container with 2 Hippocampe Wheelchairs and associated equipment.
This will be located next to the Marine Activity Centre on Marine Walk, near the Changing Places facility and assessed by the group as suitable for access to the beach.
Councillor Denny Wilson, chair of the North Area Committee, said: “Roker Beach is one of the highlights of our city, and everyone should feel that they can enjoy experiencing our seafront no matter their physical ability.
“The work that Beach Access North East and the Steering Group members are providing through this new equipment will be life-changing for so many of our residents who have struggled with mobility on the sand in the past.
“Sunderland City Council continues to work to provide equal opportunities for all residents, and this is just one part of that journey.”
Meanwhile, Lorna Moore, from Beach Access North East, added: “Beach Access North East is proud to be working with Sunderland City Council’s North Area Committee and Sunderland Beach Access Steering Group to provide support for this essential service at Roker Beach.
“Beach Access North East currently offers free loan of beach access equipment at Newbiggin, Blyth, Whitley Bay and South Shields, with ambitions to expand the service to several other venues on the North East Coast.
“This venture at Roker is the most ambitious yet. All our services are free and run by volunteers and we would love to hear from anyone who would like to be involved.”