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Gatekeepers Return to Northam Burrows

Northam Burrows New Toll Booth

Gatekeepers will once again be manning the gates at Northam Burrows from this weekend 11th July, which coincides with the reintroduction of charges for vehicle entry. Charging was previously suspended during the COVID-19 crisis and the reintroduction will contribute towards these seasonal employment opportunities and ongoing upkeep for the park.

All three gates will be open from 7am to 10pm with vehicle tolls applicable from 9.30 to 5pm as in previous years. Visitors will be encouraged to use a new contactless card payment system to help keep the spread of Coronavirus in check, but cash will still be accepted if people are unable to pay by card. In recognition of a shortened season the price of car season tickets has been reduced by a third from £45 to £30 with the daily car park rate maintained at £4.50.

During the recent closure maintenance teams have been busy improving the Westward Ho! gate road access and parking area just behind the pebble ridge. Capacity for parking has been improved, which will allow vehicle owners more space to maintain a safe distance between their own vehicles and others. Other work to reintroduce summer zoning for dog owners means that the blue flag is flying once again at the adjoining Westward Ho! beach for the 17th year in a row. With the flag flying visitors can be assured that the beach and bathing waters meet the high and stringent criteria set for this award.

Councillor Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin Lead Member for Community, Culture and Leisure said:

"Its great to see the Blue Flag flying at the Burrows once again with the prospect of it attracting visitors back to the area, which our local economy desperately need. The extra work that has been put into the new contactless payment system and improved parking will hopefully reassure people that we have taken all the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. We ask that everyone continues to observe social distancing guidance but enjoy their days out at this unique and special place."

10 July 2020