Litter: Teaching respect for our beaches

I am somewhat surprised at the recent adverse publicity generated by a day tripper’s photograph of beach rubbish, taken whilst visiting South Bay on a sunny Saturday night which was posted to a social media website. The coverage has taken up a lot of air time on both Radio York and Yorkshire Coast Radio and clearly demonstrates the power of the 21st century’s media.

The issue of beach rubbish is not a new one and is an issue which does not appear to have a perfect resolution. I have admittedly been critical of the council’s poor Foreshore bin provision in the past and have raised this issue through relevant departments whom have listened and to give them their full credit, last year they provided larger bins at prominent positions along the seafront. Sadly some people whom visit our fantastic North and South Bays are not all “house trained” and spoil it for others.

I am sure many of us will remember how a local teenage girl had her leg badly gashed when she was enjoying a visit in North Bay after some idiotic individual had buried a bottle in the sands. I witnessed several people doing the same in South Bay whilst watching a music event some years ago and wonder at their state of mind. Several students also nearly caused a serious fire when disposing of a barbecue they had just finished cooking with in a bin opposite the Grand Hotel slipway a few weeks ago. It was only through the good fortune of an observant street cleaner who hailed a passing fire engine, that a serious fire could have occurred. I was under the impression that barbecues are not permitted on the busy parts of beach!

The only way Scarborough Council, whom do a superb job cleaning the beaches and seafront in peak trading periods of the year, can address this problem in a small way, is in my opinion by educating school children to influence their parents and relatives to tidy up and respect the beach and its respective wildlife.

Guy Smith

South Bay Donkey Concession

Foreshore Road