Lancing Parish Council has been criticised by MP Tim Loughton after the beach was ‘left in a mess’ following a party held there at the weekend.
But the council claims the company that organised the private BBQ Bikini Beach Party on Saturday ‘misrepresented’ itself on an application to use the beach, saying the event was a ‘fundraiser for a children’s charity’.
Mr Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, tweeted: “So this is how Lancing Parish Council use local facilities and then leave it to Adur Council to clear up mess after.”
Colin Hunt, parish council clerk, said: “We had the same last year and we said we would look very seriously at their application, but this year they said it was for charity and it wasn’t until the event we realised. It wasn’t until things transpired that we felt it had been misrepresented.
“We had to clean up the next day as the beach was left in a mess. We need to be more vigilant, but we took the booking in good faith.
“I would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who came along on Sunday morning to help.”
The event started at 10am and ran until 7pm on Saturday, keeping part of the beach and Beach Green private for most of the day.
A spokesman for Adur District Council said: “As a duty of care, Adur and Worthing councils’ services assisted with the clear up of the beach after we were notified about the mess.
“We would also like to pass on our thanks to a number of local residents, who kindly offered their help while our cleansing services team were on site.”
A spokesman for RMD Entertainment, which organised the event, insisted it had notified the council and that all proceeds were going to a ‘project for homeless children’.
He said: “We did clean up and we asked the people to clean up the party and everyone helped, including the police.”
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