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RNLI plans just 70 lifeguarded beaches this summer, should the lockdown be lifted. Picture: RNLI

UK - Seaside faces ‘Catch-22’ as lifeguard huts, toilets and car parks stay shut

Seaside towns face a “catch-22” as they balance protecting their older residents with the need to support the tourism industry, a district councillor has warned.

Coastal visitor hotspots in north Norfolk, such as Sheringham and Cromer, are facing tough decisions over reopening facilities such as car parks and public toilets, due to the risks posed by visitors to the area’s elderly residents.

The warning came after North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) leader Sarah Butikofer warned cabinet members that the council may be unable to fly blue flags on its six accredited beaches this summer due to a lack of lifeguard cover from the RNLI.

Speaking at a cabinet meeting on Monday, May 18, she said lifeguard cover was being provided at Sea Palling and Cromer beaches, with another yet to be decided. But she stressed the area was not yet open to visitors.

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