Help keep Brighton beach tidy

First published in News

BRIGHTON and Hove’s beaches play a massive part in bringing tourists to the most popular beach resort in the country. With another bank holiday coming up, Jamie Micklethwaite looks at how an army of volunteers is being raised to help with the big clean-up afterwards.

Beach-lovers are all too often shocked at the amount of |rubbish left strewn across the pebbles. But an army of volunteers will be putting on their gloves and grabbing a bin bag to clear up the mess after the bank holiday weekend at the end of May.

More than ten tonnes of rubbish can be found on the beach and seafront after a busy weekend, so we can all do our bit to help the council clean-up.

On Tuesday, May 27, The Argus, the city council and local businesses and residents will meet at Brighton Beach to do their part in the Big Beach Clean-up.

The Big Beach Clean-up will be the start of The City Makers initiative led by The Argus, inviting readers to come up with other projects for volunteers to help with.

Anyone is welcome to take part in the clean-up, which will take place from 8.30am until 10.30am and start from the Palace Pier.

Michael Beard, editor of The Argus, said: “This is a wonderful place to live and work in and we need to keep it that way.

“The army of volunteers will no doubt do us all proud again in keeping our beautiful beach clean and tidy as we look at more projects for the new City Makers initiative.”

At last year’s Big Beach Clean-up, volunteers collected about half a tonne of rubbish, enough to half fill one of the Cityclean vehicles.

Litter picking tools and bags will again be provided for volunteers, free of charge.

So far, the likes of the Sea Life Centre, Legal & General, Southern Water and Jason Kitcat, leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, have committed to the clean-up cause, as well as a number of |independent seafront businesses.

Councillor Kitcat said: “I’m delighted to be supporting another Big Beach Clean-up.

“With this community action we can all do our bit to stop littering and help keep our wonderful beach clean.”

Paula Murray, assistant chief executive of Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “We are really pleased to be supporting the Big Beach Clean-up and it is very encouraging to see so many businesses and people joining in, taking pride in keeping the seafront looking good for residents and visitors.

“The council’s beach cleaners do a tremendous job and bringing people together like this raises awareness about litter and the need to take it home or put it in the bins provided.”

Michael Yeoman, commercial director of South Downs Solar Limited, approached The Argus to see what he could do to raise awareness of keeping Brighton Beach tidy.

He said: “I think the whole thing started when people saw the impact and the damage that the floods had, when half the beach was up on the promenade.

“More and more people are becoming aware of the effect that they are having on the environment so they are becoming more responsible for their own waste.

“It’s important that we all do what we can to protect the beach because it is Brighton’s best asset.”

Geoff Loader, Southern Water’s director of communications, also shared the opinion that Brighton Beach is one of the city’s greatest assets.

He said: “For our part, we have invested more than £300 million on our Cleaner Seas for Sussex scheme, which was judged civil engineering project of the year.

“That’s all about improving our beaches and so is the Big Beach Clean-up, so it is great for us to be able to support The Argus with the event.

“It’s one of a number of community projects being led by |the newspaper, and its City Makers volunteers, to help make Brighton an even better place to live in and visit.”

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9:54am Wed 14 May 14

spa301 says...

Thanks Argus for telling us in advance at last. I'll be there this time.
Thanks Argus for telling us in advance at last. I'll be there this time. spa301
  • Score: 9

11:58am Wed 14 May 14

bug eye says...

surely we should be stopping this in advance, large signs saying PUT YOUR RUBBISH IN THE BIN, then the council should be placing large brightly coloured temporary bins directly on the beach at peak time like I have seen in many other seaside resorts at home and abroad, equally in our parks where this is also a problem. Businesses along the seafront should also take some responsibility to how the environment looks if they want to encourage trade, the officer in charge of seafront leaseholders should pull their finger out. These businesses could join together to employ some daily rubbish collectors.
surely we should be stopping this in advance, large signs saying PUT YOUR RUBBISH IN THE BIN, then the council should be placing large brightly coloured temporary bins directly on the beach at peak time like I have seen in many other seaside resorts at home and abroad, equally in our parks where this is also a problem. Businesses along the seafront should also take some responsibility to how the environment looks if they want to encourage trade, the officer in charge of seafront leaseholders should pull their finger out. These businesses could join together to employ some daily rubbish collectors. bug eye
  • Score: 10

12:40pm Wed 14 May 14

Mr chock says...

bug eye wrote:
surely we should be stopping this in advance, large signs saying PUT YOUR RUBBISH IN THE BIN, then the council should be placing large brightly coloured temporary bins directly on the beach at peak time like I have seen in many other seaside resorts at home and abroad, equally in our parks where this is also a problem. Businesses along the seafront should also take some responsibility to how the environment looks if they want to encourage trade, the officer in charge of seafront leaseholders should pull their finger out. These businesses could join together to employ some daily rubbish collectors.
SHOUTING AT PEOPLE does not work for every trash dropper ...PLUS the amount of rubbish that is discarded that does not bio degraded is truly shocking who remembers seeing cotton buds and cleansing wipes .how do they get there ?? cotton buds and "flushable" cleansing wipes could be coming out of the sewerage system OHH yumyum .KEEP BRITAIN TIDY and take your rubbish to a bin .. if you can find one
[quote][p][bold]bug eye[/bold] wrote: surely we should be stopping this in advance, large signs saying PUT YOUR RUBBISH IN THE BIN, then the council should be placing large brightly coloured temporary bins directly on the beach at peak time like I have seen in many other seaside resorts at home and abroad, equally in our parks where this is also a problem. Businesses along the seafront should also take some responsibility to how the environment looks if they want to encourage trade, the officer in charge of seafront leaseholders should pull their finger out. These businesses could join together to employ some daily rubbish collectors.[/p][/quote]SHOUTING AT PEOPLE does not work for every trash dropper ...PLUS the amount of rubbish that is discarded that does not bio degraded is truly shocking who remembers seeing cotton buds and cleansing wipes .how do they get there ?? cotton buds and "flushable" cleansing wipes could be coming out of the sewerage system OHH yumyum .KEEP BRITAIN TIDY and take your rubbish to a bin .. if you can find one Mr chock
  • Score: 8

3:39pm Wed 14 May 14

pachallis says...

Sorry - am I missing something?

Most beach resorts abroad have council workers cleaning the beach every night for visitors. Those with sandy beaches have tractors that sift the beach every day to remove rubbish as well.

As @bug eye comments where are the rubbish bins for visitors, with signs saying please keep the beach tidy? You know - the sort of bins that only seem to be provided automatically for minority traveller groups?

Why do ratepayers and businesses pay this council to provide refuse and street cleaning service, only for locals to then be encouraged by various business leaders and 'charismatic' Kitcat to clean up the beaches for visitors?

Why aren't our illustrious 'city ambassadors' helping out picking up litter rather than walking the streets in pairs just chatting to each other?

How about getting some of the unemployed to help out as well?
Sorry - am I missing something? Most beach resorts abroad have council workers cleaning the beach every night for visitors. Those with sandy beaches have tractors that sift the beach every day to remove rubbish as well. As @bug eye comments where are the rubbish bins for visitors, with signs saying please keep the beach tidy? You know - the sort of bins that only seem to be provided automatically for minority traveller groups? Why do ratepayers and businesses pay this council to provide refuse and street cleaning service, only for locals to then be encouraged by various business leaders and 'charismatic' Kitcat to clean up the beaches for visitors? Why aren't our illustrious 'city ambassadors' helping out picking up litter rather than walking the streets in pairs just chatting to each other? How about getting some of the unemployed to help out as well? pachallis
  • Score: 12

2:37am Thu 15 May 14

We love Red Billy says...

Another green fail I'm afraid. The view will be wonderful from the isore 360.
Another green fail I'm afraid. The view will be wonderful from the isore 360. We love Red Billy
  • Score: -4

7:13am Sat 17 May 14

hubby says...

I live about five minutes from five beaches in Spain.They are cleaned every night and are spotless by morning.
That is what a country that really cares about tourism does to encourage people to visit.
Not ask the general population to clean up other peoples' mess.
I live about five minutes from five beaches in Spain.They are cleaned every night and are spotless by morning. That is what a country that really cares about tourism does to encourage people to visit. Not ask the general population to clean up other peoples' mess. hubby
  • Score: 6

8:18pm Sun 18 May 14

edgelow says...

more to follow
more to follow edgelow
  • Score: 0

1:34pm Mon 19 May 14

Mr chock says...

edgelow wrote:
more to follow
they removed the comments lets hope the argus reporters are active and swift in there voluntarily clean up along the beach ..
[quote][p][bold]edgelow[/bold] wrote: more to follow[/p][/quote]they removed the comments lets hope the argus reporters are active and swift in there voluntarily clean up along the beach .. Mr chock
  • Score: 0

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