Following a meeting of the Arun District Council Cabinet on Monday 8 February, the Council would like to clarify the position regarding Beach Patrol Officers for summer 2021.
Foreshore safety is provided in two separate ways. The RNLI is contracted by Arun District Council to provide a beach lifeguard service on the bathing beaches at Littlehampton and Bognor Regis, and subject to Covid regulations will do so this year. The Beach Patrol Officers are employed on a seasonal basis by the Council at both Littlehampton and Bognor Regis and will be recruited and trained as soon as Covid restrictions permit.
Council Leader, Dr James Walsh and Cabinet Member Gill Yeates explained at Monday Cabinet Budget meeting that recruitment of Beach Patrol Officers is budgeted for the 2021 season.
Dr Walsh said: “Despite the challenging circumstances we are living through, as was the case last year, the Council is determined to ensure safety for beaches and foreshores in both Bognor Regis and Littlehampton this year.”
Cllr Gill Yeates Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing said: “The safety of residents and visitors to our lovely beaches is paramount, and both we and the RNLI and our Foreshore Officers are focussed on providing that re-assuring presence.”