Readers left ‘fuming’ by amount of rubbish left on Weston’s beach

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 May 2018

Beach rubbish. Picture: Joanna Critchley-Peacock

Beach rubbish. Picture: Joanna Critchley-Peacock

Joanna Critchley-Peacock

Social media users have called for more bins to be installed on Weston-super-Mare seafront at busy times after a vast amount of litter was strewn across the beach during the bank holiday weekend.

Sunny Bank Holiday Weston seafront. Sunny Bank Holiday Weston seafront.

Thousands of people flocked to the seafront to enjoy the warmest early May bank holiday on record, but a huge quantity of rubbish was left on the sand – requiring a major clean up operation.

North Somerset Council is exploring the possibility of installing more bins during peak times, and Central ward councillor Mike Bell has called for improved signage to deter people from leaving their litter on the beach.

MORE: Council considering installing more seafront bins on busy days after litter is left on Weston beach.

Many people took to the Mercury’s social media pages to share their view.

Sunny Bank Holiday Weston seafront. Sunny Bank Holiday Weston seafront.

Peter Hughes wrote: “I was absolutely fuming with the state of the beach after the bank holiday weekend.

“It was utterly disgusting and if it was possible to trace the people who left all manner of waste and detritus behind, they should be banned from returning to our lovely town.”

Charmaine Knibb commented: “It’s not the bins which are the problem; it’s the humans who think it’s OK to leave rubbish rather than take it to a bin or home.”

Sue Nicholson said: “A sign to say they will be fined if they leave litter may make half of them think about it, and have the traffic wardens on duty as we know they don’t muck about.”

Sunny Bank Holiday Weston seafront. Sunny Bank Holiday Weston seafront.

Jude Groves wrote: “They should just have litter pickers on the beaches all day.

“Or there should be someone handing out waste bags to be collected at the end of the day and a designated area to place the waste bags.”

Sash Law commented: “I can’t imagine how many spades, buckets and other beach stuff were left.

“It could be reused; maybe there should be a recycle box so families can borrow instead of buying more?”

Dan Hicklin said: “Definitely need more bins and don’t know whether it could be possible to have litter wardens to actually spot fine people like the signs say.

“There is no point having signs if they’re not followed through.”

Jon George Wakefield said: “More bins is a must, but also more signage telling people to put their rubbish in them.

“Maybe litter collections along the beach on busy days to encourage people to throw their litter away as they go along?”

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