Litter left at coast increases

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BEACH-GOERS in Skegness are leaving more waste behind than ever before, forcing taxpayers to foot the expensive clean-up costs, authorities have revealed.

East Lindsey District Council has appealed for coastal visitors to be responsible with their rubbish after removing 15 tonnes of litter from the town over the bank holiday weekend.

Portfolio holder for the environment at ELDC Coun Tony Bridges said: “Along the coast we have seen what appears to be an increase in the amount of litter left this year. Over the bank holiday period alone we collected around 15 tonnes of waste from the Skegness area.

“The majority of this was from sensible people who’d used bins but some was from the streets and beaches.

“Whilst it’s great that lots of people are enjoying our coastline, it is unacceptable that some simply disregard their litter, for which the cleansing bill is picked up by all our council tax payers.

“There are hundreds of bins along the coast - there is no excuse for littering, which is a blight on our communities and totally unacceptable.”

Coastal Access For All campaigner Paul Marshall has also encountered a rise in the amount of litter his teams have to contend with while clearing coastal pathways.

“It’s a growing problem - people just don’t bother taking their stuff home with them,” he said.

Although Mr Marshall believes the beach-goers must take responsibility for their actions, he would also like to see more bins along the coast.

As this summer was the wettest on record, he fears what could happen during a warm dry summer, when the coast is visited even more.