RESIDENTS are donning their gloves and getting ready for this year’s big beach clean in Shoreham.
As part of the Marine Conservation Society’s ‘Great British Beach Clean’, avid litter pickers are to conduct a clean-up along Shoreham Beach, between Shingle Road and the shoreline.
Last year, the Friends of Shoreham Beach’s efforts produced so much rubbish the beach was labelled ‘the dirtiest in the UK’, but members refuted this and said it was due to their thorough operation that a great deal was collected.
At the time, John Charlish, the beach clean co-ordinator, said: “This amount of rubbish was due to the numbers and diligence of our volunteers and we were one of the few beaches on the south coast to take part.
“Sadly, our success in documenting and removing this rubbish was interpreted and used in a negative way, rather than to identify the great work done by everyone on the day.”
The recent opening of the new boardwalk extension on Shoreham Beach has been a great success, providing better access for all and increasing the numbers of people getting onto the beach.
Unfortunately, alongside that benefit has been an increase in litter.
So this year, Friends of Shoreham Beach are hoping for sufficient numbers volunteering to allow people to clean in both directions from Shingle Road.
The Beach Clean will cover the length of the boardwalk and extend from house walls to the sea shore.
Mr Charlish said: “It would be great to get into the press and onto TV again this year, but for the positive reason that local people got together to keep their beach clean.
“I would like to thank the local individuals who, unasked, pick up rubbish on their every visit and also Adur Council who keep the beach bins emptied.
“However, if everyone who came to the beach took their litter home and took an extra piece with them, then we wouldn’t make the news at all!”
Friends of Shoreham Beach already have volunteers online from the Marine Conservation Society website and are hoping for a big turnout on the day.
All are welcome to join at Shingle Road on September 19, at 11am. Bags and litter pickers will be provided on the day.
For more details of the operation or to volunteer, go to www.fosbeach.com or FoSBeach@mail.com
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