Activity operators are being encourgaed to sign up to a beach registration scheme to ensure public safety and quality.

THOSE who provide activities on the back at Westward Ho! are being urged to join Torridge District Council’s beach registration scheme.

Although not compulsory, the scheme gives operators that use the beach the opportunity to disclose the necessary documentation that proves their competency to deliver high quality, safe activities on the beach and in the water.

Lead member for the Torridge economy, including tourism, Cllr Roger Johnson said: “Torridge has a duty of care to visitors on the beach and we want to ensure that we are proactive in respect of the management of Westward Ho!

“We want people to come back time and time again and enjoy what there is to offer, so it’s important that activity providers are qualified and competent.”

Those who join the scheme will register can display the logo which will assure customers the business has the correct health and safety procedures, qualifications, risk assessments and CRB documentation.

Cllr Roger Tisdale, for Westward Ho!, added: “Westward Ho! beach, at over three miles long, attracts more and more visitors each year, all year round, and provides wonderful seaside holidays for families, couples and friends.

“Recent regeneration projects in the village will only increase visitor numbers so let’s keep it safe.”

The scheme currently has an admin fee of £75, and activity providers such as North Devon Surf School and Team Players have already signed up.

For more information, or to join, contact the council’s recreation development officer James Jarroudi on 01237 428737.