Coldingham Bay rules amended

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A YEAR on from the adoption of a set of management rules for Coldingham Bay, a number of alterations have been made further restricting parking and camping in the area.

In relation to parking, a rule was imposed restricting parking in car parking facilities provided by Scottish Borders Council to hours when the Bay was open. The rule also dictated the the council had the right to charge for such parking if they so wished.

However, at a meeting of SBC’s Executive last week, members agreed to an amendment put in place to restrict the parking to daylight hours only.

A further rule which used to dictate that ‘no person shall erect or occupy a tent or any other structure within the Bay area for the purpose of residing there overnight, except in such areas designated by the director/council’ has also been amended to stop anyone at all camping overnight.

The beach at Coldingham Bay has been owned by Scottish Borders Council since 1973 and was awarded Blue Flag status in 2010 in recognition of its bathing water quality and various improvements carried out over a number of years.

The beach is popular among visitors and Borders residents alike and normally receives around 20,000 visitors over the summer season.

The rules adopted last year required to be amended after the purchase of an additional area to increase car parking capacity.