Call for action to be taken on ‘litter louts’

Dirty Beach after another Bank Holiday.Local Carl Walsh notes how bad the beach was with rubbish left by visitors.Picture Richard Ponter 131940a
Dirty Beach after another Bank Holiday.Local Carl Walsh notes how bad the beach was with rubbish left by visitors.Picture Richard Ponter 131940a
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A Scarborough surfer is calling for action on beach litter after South Bay beach was left strewn with rubbish after the Bank Holiday weekend.

Carl Walsh, who has Vibe surf shop in St Nicholas Cliff, says he was shocked at the state of the beach when he went down to do one of his daily surf reports.

He is now calling for Scarborough Council to consider the idea of litter wardens, as he believes that enforcing the law on littering is the only way to protect our precious coastline.

Mr Walsh said: “After the Bank Holiday the state of the beach was just awful. It’s a shame when people can’t do something as simple as putting their rubbish in the bins.

“There were beer cans, chip trays and just general debris.”

He added that the problem is not a new one and has been an issue - especially during the peak holiday season - for a number of years.

Mr Walsh posted pictures of the litter on Facebook and Twitter and has had scores of responses from people all over the world.

He said: “Many people commented and they agree that littering penalties should be enforced. I know it can be difficult to catch people dropping litter, but I’m down at the beach every day and I’ve seen people doing it a lot.

“If there were litter wardens, I’m sure they’d catch plenty of people. The beaches are the town’s main asset and they need looking after.”

Steve Reynolds, Scarborough Council’s environment and countryside manager, said: “It is disappointing to see the amount of litter people leave on our beaches, despite there being a plentiful supply of litter bins close by.

“On the Foreshore, for example, we have installed much larger bins, which can take a far greater amount of rubbish than the old style bins.

“Every year beach cleaning is carried out by our cleansing team throughout the Easter and May Day bank holiday weekends. Then from the Spring Bank holiday weekend until 30 September, daily beach cleaning is carried out by machine.”

However, the council was not able to confirm whether or not they would be looking into the possibility of litter wardens.