Mayor calls on city to unite and join Big Beach Clean-up

Big Beach Clean 2013

Big Beach Clean 2013

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Our beautiful beach is the shop window to our city and must be protected.

The wise words from Councillor Brian Fitch, Brighton and Hove’s new mayor, represent the unanimous voice of city residents, traders and politicians alike.

The need to preserve our environment and keep our seafront tidy has been the catalyst for the return of this newspaper’s Big Beach Clean-up campaign.

On May 27 we hope hundreds of volunteers will join us on Brighton beach for a two-hour clean-up operation designed to encourage people to take their rubbish home after enjoying the delights of our famous coastline.

After the success of last year’s campaign, which saw an army of more than 200 volunteers don high-vis jackets and arm themselves with litter pickers during a blustery morning on the beach, The Argus is calling on local businesses and individuals to make this year’s clean-up an even bigger triumph.

And Mayor Fitch is backing our bid to keep Brighton tidy.

He said: “It’s fantastic that The Argus is promoting this once again and it’s a superb voluntary effort that involves all walks of life.

“Dare I say it, a little bit of manual work will help keep everyone fit. But joking aside and more importantly, the seafront is the prime reason why people come to Brighton and Hove.

“We have fantastic beach with the sea on our doorstep which we must look after.

“Our reputation is always enhanced when we have a clean seafront, so I would call on everyone who can spare the time to make their way down to the clean-up on May 27.”

Our city thrives on tourism and when the sun is shining, our beach proves to be one of the most popular destinations for people to enjoy.

But when visitors to our shingled seafront make their way home, shocking figures show not everybody takes their rubbish with them.

In July last year it was estimated the city welcomed more than 50,000 visitors over a two-week period - who left behind a total of 21 tonnes of rubbish.

Nappies, cigarette packets, empty beer cans and wine bottles, old barbeques, toys, plastic bags and much more were collected by dedicated volunteers.

The Argus photographers found glass bottles, plastic bags, food packets and cardboard strewn across the beach early on Sunday morning – before the council’s efficient staff cleaned up so visitors could enjoy another busy day basking in the sunshine.

But apart from ruining one of the country’s most lauded tourist hotspots, litter bugs present a huge threat to wildlife too.

Staff from the Sea Life Centre have warned against leaving plastic bags near the sea over fears they could affect migrating turtle populations which may mistake them for jellyfish.

A spokeswoman for the Marine Conservation Society added: “The hot weather is glorious and we all want to be taking advantage of it – but not on beaches full of rubbish.

“Animals often get tangled in litter or get caught in beer cans, for example. It doesn’t just affect tourism, it harms our wildlife.”

Adam Chinery, of Brighton Watersports in Kings Road Arches, said staff at his business regularly paddle out to sea to collect bags of rubbish left by beachgoers.

He said: “We got involved last year and thought it was a really positive campaign, so we will be back on May 27.

“I think the problem is a lot of people don’t realise that the tide comes in and out, which takes rubbish into the sea in the process.

“They think there’s lots of beach cleaners around which, despite the council guys doing a great job with the resources, there isn’t.

“We have to wear shoes when we go out to the beach and sea because there’s always so much broken glass around.

“I come from New Zealand where generally people clean up after themselves so the mentality of people who just leave the rubbish on the beach, who mostly don’t come from Brighton, is a shame.

“The amount of stuff we pick up when we’re out at sea is shocking.

“We take bags with us and paddle around and pick up anything from bottles and cans to chip boxes.”

So far staff from the likes of Legal and General and Southern Water as well as Jason Kitcat, leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, have committed to the clean-up cause.

Jessica Lilly Martin and Lev Eakins, representing Brighton’s Liberal Democrats, will be among the army of volunteers cleaning Brighton beach.

Jessica said: “I'm very proud of our city and keeping our beaches clean and tidy is something we should all take pride in."

Lev added: “We’re really pleased The Argus has taken a lead on this and we’re happy to roll our sleeves up and get stuck in.”

Swim Trek, which organises open water swimming events on Brighton Beach, will also be sending a team of volunteers.

Mark Burgess, marketing and events manager, said: “The beach and the sea are really valuable resources that we get so much enjoyment from so we’re happy to be involved.

“As regular swimmers in the sea we’re aware of all the damage that litter and pollution can cause so it’s great to be involved in something will help the community.”

Students from the University of Brighton will also be swapping their study books for black bin bags.

Beth Thomas-Hancock, volunteering manager at the University of Brighton, said: “We have student volunteers who take part in projects all over the city and are always keen to get involved in projects that will help Brighton.”

At last year’s Big Beach Clean-up, volunteers collected enough rubbish to fill half of a Cityclean refuse vehicle With a reasonable task ahead of them, volunteers at this year’s clean will be given a wake-up gift thanks to a local cafe.

Andy Cheeseman, owner of Buddies in Kings Road, is offering all Big Beach Clean-up volunteers a free breakfast.

Mr Cheeseman said: “We’re offering a free bacon sarnie for people who want to come in here before the clean-up.

“We’ll even do some egg sarnies for vegetarians.”

The Big Beach Clean-up will be the start of the City Makers initiative led by The Argus, which is inviting readers to come up with other projects for vol- unteers 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 on May 27.

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12:06pm Mon 19 May 14

rogerthefish says...

Brighton is a victim of its own success, but I believe it's the traders who should be paying for this, just looked on Booking.con for hotel room on next sat 24 May for 1 night and the room rates are thistle £269 royal abion £195 met £265 holiday inn £283 the grand £299 hotel du vin £315 and that's without breakfast-so someone's coining it in, why should the residents be cleaning up the beach why not £5 on each nights hotel stay.
Brighton is a victim of its own success, but I believe it's the traders who should be paying for this, just looked on Booking.con for hotel room on next sat 24 May for 1 night and the room rates are thistle £269 royal abion £195 met £265 holiday inn £283 the grand £299 hotel du vin £315 and that's without breakfast-so someone's coining it in, why should the residents be cleaning up the beach why not £5 on each nights hotel stay. rogerthefish
  • Score: 12

12:52pm Mon 19 May 14

We love Red Billy says...

rogerthefish wrote:
Brighton is a victim of its own success, but I believe it's the traders who should be paying for this, just looked on Booking.con for hotel room on next sat 24 May for 1 night and the room rates are thistle £269 royal abion £195 met £265 holiday inn £283 the grand £299 hotel du vin £315 and that's without breakfast-so someone's coining it in, why should the residents be cleaning up the beach why not £5 on each nights hotel stay.
Given that the hotels already pay tax, vat and business rates they could be shown to be contributing anyway. Making staying here more expensive by imposing a Kitcat tax will drive down numbers and therefore income. Fewer hotels = less business rates. Are you getting the picture or shall I draw it with your idealistic socialist crayon?
[quote][p][bold]rogerthefish[/bold] wrote: Brighton is a victim of its own success, but I believe it's the traders who should be paying for this, just looked on Booking.con for hotel room on next sat 24 May for 1 night and the room rates are thistle £269 royal abion £195 met £265 holiday inn £283 the grand £299 hotel du vin £315 and that's without breakfast-so someone's coining it in, why should the residents be cleaning up the beach why not £5 on each nights hotel stay.[/p][/quote]Given that the hotels already pay tax, vat and business rates they could be shown to be contributing anyway. Making staying here more expensive by imposing a Kitcat tax will drive down numbers and therefore income. Fewer hotels = less business rates. Are you getting the picture or shall I draw it with your idealistic socialist crayon? We love Red Billy
  • Score: -11

1:27pm Mon 19 May 14

schtall says...

Isn’t this shutting the barn door after horse has bolted? Or worse, planning to shut the barn door after knowing the horse will bolt…

People come from all over the region to enjoy the lovely beach and yet we’re calling on local residents and businesses to volunteer to clear up what visitors are too lazy to do themselves. How is this going to “encourage people to take their rubbish home after enjoying the delights of our famous coastline” when they have already gone home? Surely education and/or some sort of on-the-spot fine for offenders would be more effective.

I commute along the seafront in the early hours of the morning and am frequently amazed at the sheer laziness of people leaving these vast amounts of rubbish on the beach. People have to walk back off of the beach anyway and not carrying their rubbish with them is nothing other than lazy. There will be a bin nearby and although they can get full quickly during busy periods the rubbish can be left nearby to make it easier for cleaning operatives to collect.

I understand that visitors are essential to the economy of a city like Brighton but people should understand the effort it takes to keep it so beautiful and that a small amount of effort (you could even call it gratitude…) would go a long way to keeping it so.
Isn’t this shutting the barn door after horse has bolted? Or worse, planning to shut the barn door after knowing the horse will bolt… People come from all over the region to enjoy the lovely beach and yet we’re calling on local residents and businesses to volunteer to clear up what visitors are too lazy to do themselves. How is this going to “encourage people to take their rubbish home after enjoying the delights of our famous coastline” when they have already gone home? Surely education and/or some sort of on-the-spot fine for offenders would be more effective. I commute along the seafront in the early hours of the morning and am frequently amazed at the sheer laziness of people leaving these vast amounts of rubbish on the beach. People have to walk back off of the beach anyway and not carrying their rubbish with them is nothing other than lazy. There will be a bin nearby and although they can get full quickly during busy periods the rubbish can be left nearby to make it easier for cleaning operatives to collect. I understand that visitors are essential to the economy of a city like Brighton but people should understand the effort it takes to keep it so beautiful and that a small amount of effort (you could even call it gratitude…) would go a long way to keeping it so. schtall
  • Score: 13

2:00pm Mon 19 May 14

Mr chock says...

schtall wrote:
Isn’t this shutting the barn door after horse has bolted? Or worse, planning to shut the barn door after knowing the horse will bolt…

People come from all over the region to enjoy the lovely beach and yet we’re calling on local residents and businesses to volunteer to clear up what visitors are too lazy to do themselves. How is this going to “encourage people to take their rubbish home after enjoying the delights of our famous coastline” when they have already gone home? Surely education and/or some sort of on-the-spot fine for offenders would be more effective.

I commute along the seafront in the early hours of the morning and am frequently amazed at the sheer laziness of people leaving these vast amounts of rubbish on the beach. People have to walk back off of the beach anyway and not carrying their rubbish with them is nothing other than lazy. There will be a bin nearby and although they can get full quickly during busy periods the rubbish can be left nearby to make it easier for cleaning operatives to collect.

I understand that visitors are essential to the economy of a city like Brighton but people should understand the effort it takes to keep it so beautiful and that a small amount of effort (you could even call it gratitude…) would go a long way to keeping it so.
i suspect my comment will be removed but why cant the local council find a group of " community support folks " this punishment will be perfect a group of fluorescent orange coated litter pickers methodically combing the beach with a police guard making sure they do not go for a swim ... if the beach cant be cleaned with the mechanical beach cleaning machines in other resorts . lets vote ukip for a more "old school back to basic punishment " not namby pamby sending them to plumpton college to learn gardening skills
[quote][p][bold]schtall[/bold] wrote: Isn’t this shutting the barn door after horse has bolted? Or worse, planning to shut the barn door after knowing the horse will bolt… People come from all over the region to enjoy the lovely beach and yet we’re calling on local residents and businesses to volunteer to clear up what visitors are too lazy to do themselves. How is this going to “encourage people to take their rubbish home after enjoying the delights of our famous coastline” when they have already gone home? Surely education and/or some sort of on-the-spot fine for offenders would be more effective. I commute along the seafront in the early hours of the morning and am frequently amazed at the sheer laziness of people leaving these vast amounts of rubbish on the beach. People have to walk back off of the beach anyway and not carrying their rubbish with them is nothing other than lazy. There will be a bin nearby and although they can get full quickly during busy periods the rubbish can be left nearby to make it easier for cleaning operatives to collect. I understand that visitors are essential to the economy of a city like Brighton but people should understand the effort it takes to keep it so beautiful and that a small amount of effort (you could even call it gratitude…) would go a long way to keeping it so.[/p][/quote]i suspect my comment will be removed but why cant the local council find a group of " community support folks " this punishment will be perfect a group of fluorescent orange coated litter pickers methodically combing the beach with a police guard making sure they do not go for a swim ... if the beach cant be cleaned with the mechanical beach cleaning machines in other resorts . lets vote ukip for a more "old school back to basic punishment " not namby pamby sending them to plumpton college to learn gardening skills Mr chock
  • Score: 8

2:03pm Mon 19 May 14

gobias industries says...

If the beach is the shop window Lewes and London Road is the shop doorway - currently entry is restricted due to bus and cycle lanes.

Moreover, if the council really wanted to make the beach more appealing they would:

- Build proper (clean) toilets and not close them at 6 pm
- Invest in re-enforcing the seafront arches before the whole lot collapses and there is no beach left
- Concentrate on making the basics good (toilets, bins, staff) before betting everything on the eye 360
If the beach is the shop window Lewes and London Road is the shop doorway - currently entry is restricted due to bus and cycle lanes. Moreover, if the council really wanted to make the beach more appealing they would: - Build proper (clean) toilets and not close them at 6 pm - Invest in re-enforcing the seafront arches before the whole lot collapses and there is no beach left - Concentrate on making the basics good (toilets, bins, staff) before betting everything on the eye 360 gobias industries
  • Score: 17

3:11pm Mon 19 May 14

Sean Jenkins says...

Surely the shop window is London Road through Patcham and that is currently full of gippos
Surely the shop window is London Road through Patcham and that is currently full of gippos Sean Jenkins
  • Score: 10

4:55pm Mon 19 May 14

FC says...

I'm sorry, do I not already pay council tax and business rates for a clean up team? Shouldn't we be looking why the council can't get a team of CityClean employees to do their job?
I'm sorry, do I not already pay council tax and business rates for a clean up team? Shouldn't we be looking why the council can't get a team of CityClean employees to do their job? FC
  • Score: 5

6:52am Tue 20 May 14

Alison Smith says...

"Mayor Fitch" have we moved to America?! The Mayor, Cllr. Brian Fitch will do Argus "journalists".
"Mayor Fitch" have we moved to America?! The Mayor, Cllr. Brian Fitch will do Argus "journalists". Alison Smith
  • Score: 0

7:14am Tue 20 May 14

HJarrs says...

Well done Argus for building up this story over the last few days and well done those volunteering. A real credit to our wonderful City.

The beach always gets strewn with litter in high season despite the valiant efforts of City Clean, so a helping hand is welcome. Keep up the campaign through the summer Argus, this is what a local paper should be doing.
Well done Argus for building up this story over the last few days and well done those volunteering. A real credit to our wonderful City. The beach always gets strewn with litter in high season despite the valiant efforts of City Clean, so a helping hand is welcome. Keep up the campaign through the summer Argus, this is what a local paper should be doing. HJarrs
  • Score: -3

12:26pm Tue 20 May 14

Mr chock says...

HJarrs wrote:
Well done Argus for building up this story over the last few days and well done those volunteering. A real credit to our wonderful City.

The beach always gets strewn with litter in high season despite the valiant efforts of City Clean, so a helping hand is welcome. Keep up the campaign through the summer Argus, this is what a local paper should be doing.
i fully agree with other comments the beach is part of the council's "public space and as such must be priority to keep clean .. the comments on Dukes mound have been removed i wonder if the argus "web bots" found them comments a bit to untopical news
gay and homophobic comments they might have been but public sex acts is not i believe legally allowed so why is it common to witness at Dukes mound area ?
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Well done Argus for building up this story over the last few days and well done those volunteering. A real credit to our wonderful City. The beach always gets strewn with litter in high season despite the valiant efforts of City Clean, so a helping hand is welcome. Keep up the campaign through the summer Argus, this is what a local paper should be doing.[/p][/quote]i fully agree with other comments the beach is part of the council's "public space and as such must be priority to keep clean .. the comments on Dukes mound have been removed i wonder if the argus "web bots" found them comments a bit to untopical news gay and homophobic comments they might have been but public sex acts is not i believe legally allowed so why is it common to witness at Dukes mound area ? Mr chock
  • Score: 0

2:57am Wed 21 May 14

Zeta Function says...

The council's doing a better job of cleaning the beaches this year.

Nevertheless: hot ashes from barbeques continue to injure sea birds. I watched a herring gull yesterday whose foot looked as though it had been severely burnt. It couldn't stand, fly properly, or paddle as what remained of the foot, a scorched twig, hung loose and caused it to flop over. Gulls need their feet to be horizontal when they fly, it helps with the steering and speed of flight.

People need to extinguish barbeques properly. Not leave them smoking on the beach when the cooking's finish.

The injured gull is now starving to death. With no pain relief.
The council's doing a better job of cleaning the beaches this year. Nevertheless: hot ashes from barbeques continue to injure sea birds. I watched a herring gull yesterday whose foot looked as though it had been severely burnt. It couldn't stand, fly properly, or paddle as what remained of the foot, a scorched twig, hung loose and caused it to flop over. Gulls need their feet to be horizontal when they fly, it helps with the steering and speed of flight. People need to extinguish barbeques properly. Not leave them smoking on the beach when the cooking's finish. The injured gull is now starving to death. With no pain relief. Zeta Function
  • Score: 1

11:16am Wed 21 May 14

thevoiceoftruth says...

Mr chock wrote:
HJarrs wrote:
Well done Argus for building up this story over the last few days and well done those volunteering. A real credit to our wonderful City.

The beach always gets strewn with litter in high season despite the valiant efforts of City Clean, so a helping hand is welcome. Keep up the campaign through the summer Argus, this is what a local paper should be doing.
i fully agree with other comments the beach is part of the council's "public space and as such must be priority to keep clean .. the comments on Dukes mound have been removed i wonder if the argus "web bots" found them comments a bit to untopical news
gay and homophobic comments they might have been but public sex acts is not i believe legally allowed so why is it common to witness at Dukes mound area ?
Do heterosexuals never have sex in public? What about dogging? Not all gay men hang round Duke's Mound, just as not all straight people hang out in dogging areas.

Please learn to use full stops. They would make your rambling stream of consciousness a tiny bit easier to understand.
[quote][p][bold]Mr chock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Well done Argus for building up this story over the last few days and well done those volunteering. A real credit to our wonderful City. The beach always gets strewn with litter in high season despite the valiant efforts of City Clean, so a helping hand is welcome. Keep up the campaign through the summer Argus, this is what a local paper should be doing.[/p][/quote]i fully agree with other comments the beach is part of the council's "public space and as such must be priority to keep clean .. the comments on Dukes mound have been removed i wonder if the argus "web bots" found them comments a bit to untopical news gay and homophobic comments they might have been but public sex acts is not i believe legally allowed so why is it common to witness at Dukes mound area ?[/p][/quote]Do heterosexuals never have sex in public? What about dogging? Not all gay men hang round Duke's Mound, just as not all straight people hang out in dogging areas. Please learn to use full stops. They would make your rambling stream of consciousness a tiny bit easier to understand. thevoiceoftruth
  • Score: 0

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