Call for a tidy up at seafront as summer season gets under way

Guy Smith complains compains about the state of Southbays underpass and no toilet facility .Picture Richard Ponter 122606a
Guy Smith complains compains about the state of Southbays underpass and no toilet facility .Picture Richard Ponter 122606a
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A Scarborough donkey operator has raised concerns about the look of South Bay as the town gets ready for the main summer season.

Guy Smith said that over the last couple of months, he has become “very concerned” about the condition of the seafront, as seen by day trippers or holiday makers.

Mr Smith said one of his main concerns was piles of sand around the central reservations, which have been blocking drains.

The West Pier clock has been showing the wrong time - which Mr Smith believes could potentially cause visitors to get a parking ticket if they mis-time their stay at the West Pier pay and display car park.

He has also branded the approaches from the underground subway “filthy”, with signs still directing people to public toilets which were closed years ago.

Mr Smith has also noticed smashed guttering in the circular area below Spa Bridge and “inadequate” bin provision near the slipways.

He said: “I realise that we don’t want to focus on negatives too much as we all need to boost the town’s image.

“The South Bay is our shop window and I feel our council seem to be ‘looking the other way’ when issues of housekeeping are raised.”

Mr Smith said he had contacted a number of people about the issues, but nothing had been done.

He also questioned the effectiveness of the “sand shifting” process that happens in South Bay every year, when truckloads of sand are moved further along the beach.

Mr Smith said: “It took a good two weeks to do it but to me, it looks like it all coming back again.”

He added that since he raised the issues, he had seen some work being done to smarten up the area, such as sand being taken off the central refuge.