Parents told to ignore beach signs banning photography

Author: By Theo Usherwood, PA

Nottingham Riviera, which includes a beach with 300 tonnes of sand, paddling
pools and 200 deckchairs, opened last month in the city’s centre.

The £200,000 project was heralded by Nottingham City Council as a day of free
fun for families watching their pennies in a recession.

But signs stating that only pictures taken by the site’s official photographer
were allowed prompted a complaint from mother-of-two Gemma Caulton.

The 23-year-old, from nearby Stapleford, told the Nottingham Evening Post:
“It’s advertised as a free family fun day but I didn’t have fun and it
wasn’t free.”

Ms Caulton said she was also angry she could not take a home-made picnic on
the beach.

Today, a spokesman for the local authority said relatives were allowed to take
pictures of their children despite the signs.

He said: “The signs are provided so security staff can deal with anybody they
feel might be taking inappropriate photographs.

“Basically, anybody taking family snaps isn’t going to get stopped. There is
no problem about taking photographs on the beach.”

He added: “You cannot take food on to the beach. It’s to do with keeping the
beach clean, that’s why it has been designated out of bounds for food.”

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