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Brighton and Hove community vows to continue fight to keep beach clean
Politicians and business leaders have vowed to continue the fight to keep a seafront clean.
This week’s Big Beach Clean Up, organised by The Argus, was a huge success - and now volunteers have called for further action to drive home the anti-litter message.
The aim was to collect as much waste as possible that had been left on the beach over the weekend, sending a message to residents and tourists alike to Take It Home.
Up to 200 people turned out to help - but the effort will not stop there.
Nick Mosley, of the Tourism Alliance, which represents major attractions such as Brighton Sea Life Centre and the Hilton Brighton Metropole hotel in Kings Road, said prevention must be part of the cure.
He said: “The next mission could be getting local business people to commit to an hour each over a weekend to promote clean beaches to visitors.
“It would be interesting to see if preventative action reduces demand on resources.”
Joel Essex, of Albion in the Community, the charitable arm of Brighton and Hove Albion, said: “We are delighted to be supporting The Argus’ Take it Home campaign.
“We all have a responsibility to look after the city and take pride in the seafront which is one of our biggest assets.
“It is great to see so many people representing such a wide range of interests in the city getting behind the campaign and taking positive action. Let's keep it going.”
Carole Green, of Legal & General, said: “We really enjoyed it and would love to do it again if you do another one.
“Now that we've done one, I'm sure we could get a much bigger group of us out the next time.”
Brighton and Hove city councillor Ann Norman said: “I'm sure we would all come again on another day to do some more cleaning up. Many thanks to The Argus for taking the lead.”
Andrew Comben, chief executive at the Brighton Dome and Festival, said: “We were really pleased to be involved and delighted to see such strong community support for such an important initiative.”
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