Sunny weekend in Shoreham ends in ‘disgusting mess’

Car chaos at the approach to the widewater car park
Car chaos at the approach to the widewater car park

Hundreds of visitors headed to Shoreham to enjoy the sunshine over the weekend – but residents on Monday were faced with a ‘disgusting mess’ left along the foreshore.

Marine Ward councillor Joss Loader said it was ‘great to see’ so many visitors and families enjoying ‘a fabulous few days’ in Shoreham.

But she said ‘unfortunately, there were problems on Monday morning’.

“The bins simply couldn’t cope with the high numbers of visitors,” she said.

“Rather than taking their rubbish home, some people decided to stack it against the rubbish containers.

“As a result, the gulls and foxes ripped open the bags and scattered rubbish everywhere – with disposable nappies, barbecues, beer cans, food waste and broken bottles creating a disgusting mess right along the foreshore.

“All credit to Adur District Council’s refuse team who worked in hot and dirty conditions on Monday to stage a massive clear up - they have my full respect.”
Ms Loader said she also had ‘loads of complaints’ about bad parking over the weekend.

A ‘minority of motorists’ were witnessed double parking, blocking drives, and ‘even parking on the shingle itself within the local nature reserve’.

“This has prompted fears that emergency vehicles won’t be able to get through – something which happened last year when parked cars obstructed a fire engine on an emergency call at the widewater,” she said.

A spokesperson from Adur District Council said they were aware of parking problems along West Beach Road.

“We are stepping up patrols and using enforcement where we can,” the spokesperson said.

“However, some part of the road have unrestricted parking and there are single lines in place in other stretches, so we can only use enforcement during restricted times.”

The long term solution would be for double yellow lines to be put in place, the spokesperson said, but this would mean a change to the Traffic Regulation Order – which is the responsibility of West Sussex County Council – and would involve a statutory consultation.