Skeg-mess - call goes out to tidy up coast

These bags full of rubbish were just some of the litter sitting on the seafront footpath in Winthorpe on Tuesday morning. Photo by John Crossland.

These bags full of rubbish were just some of the litter sitting on the seafront footpath in Winthorpe on Tuesday morning. Photo by John Crossland.

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UNSIGHTLY public spaces in and around Skegness have provoked irate comments from residents and visitors, calling for the town to be tidied up.

Overflowing litter bins, dirty waterways and overgrown roadside verges have been the source of numerous comments on the Standard’s Facebook page.

Lesley B wrote: “It is a shame that Skegness isn’t like it used to be, no one has any pride in the place.”

Blame has been pointed towards the various local authorities responsible for maintaining the public features and keeping the town’s streets clean and tidy.

East Lindsey District Council has implemented various initiatives to help combat litter and dog owners who let their pets leave mess in the street or on beaches.

Communications Officer James Gilbert said: “We welcome feedback from local people on issues they feel important, all feedback received is taken very seriously and used to improve the service we provide. .”

However, with the influx of tourists visiting the resort every season, others feel that the authorities require help from local people to take some responsibility for their town and do their bit to keep it looking attractive.

Town Centre Manager Stefan Krause said: “With a community as small as Skegness and its large number of visitors, we need extra help, because there is too much pressure on the local authorities to do it alone.

“We need to change our behaviour and have more civic pride in our environment.”

Recognising the need to assist the authorities with their day-to-day cleaning activities, Mr Krause has organised a series of tidy-up events utilising the help of volunteers.

On Saturday, July 16, 200 Mormons will be coming to Skegness to help tidy the beach and the town in preparation for the SO Festival later this month.

And in August, 50 young volunteers will also come to Skegness as part of the National Community Service Scheme to lend their help to the clean-up.

l What do you think of the state of Skegness? Email andrew.hirst@jpress.co.uk