A Saltburn councillor has written to Redcar and Cleveland council requesting them to reopen car parks in the town, after a surge of people was seen filing into seaside town.

Saltburn Borough Cllr Philip Thompson, wrote to both the council and police requesting the consideration of the phased opening of foreshore car parks in Saltburn for the Bank Holiday (Monday).

He said: "This request is to reflect the increasing number of cars coming in to Saltburn and filling Marine Parade and anywhere on the foreshore area that can be found, particularly the land around the pumping station and on last Sunday all the foreshore area from the Boat Park to the slipway at the Ship Inn. Vehicles were also parked in front of the slipway entrance and up Brotton road.

"Such parking is hazardous and should not be accepted.

"Vehicles were reversing on to the main highway between two blind bends, placing pedestrians and other road users at risk.

"Car parking spaces on Marine Parade have already been to full to capacity and over spilling into the residential areas."

A spokesperson for Redcar and Cleveland Council, said: "The health and safety of our residents and staff must always be our priority. A cautious approach to reopening car parks at our beauty spots is being taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and they will remain closed for now. However, we can confirm this decision will be reviewed in early June following the Bank Holiday."