Coastal clearance campaign steps up a gear

A previous sand clearance.
A previous sand clearance.

Coastal access campaigners are gearing up for their biggest sand clearance operation to date after a recent spike in support for the group.

Paul Marshall is expecting at least 20 volunteers including Cadets, Fire Cadets and Storehouse members to take part in today’s coastal pathway tidy-up from Seaview Walk, Skegness, northwards towards Winthorpe.

The long-standing campaigner says interest in his Coastal Access For All group has gone from strength to strength over recent months, culminating in today’s biggest ever clearance.

“I think things are beginning to get moving [today] is our best ever sand clearance and its’s all looking very promising,” he said.

The group will be meeting at 10am by the X-Cite on North Parade, working their way up the coast.

“If anyone else once to come and help - the more the merrier,” said Paul.

Further north, in Winthorpe, a number of residents have offered to set up a new committee to focus on their nearest stretch of coastline after growing frustrated with the lack of action from the authorities.

The Winthorpe Youth and Residents Association raised concerns with their ward’s town and district councillor Carl Macey, who in turn contacted Paul to see what could be done.

Having wanted to form a group in Winthorpe for ‘quite some time’ so that he can increase operations in the area, Paul put out an appeal for volunteers over Facebook and quickly received the offers of help he required.

Two residents volunteered to drive the ‘Bobcat’ digger required to move the large volumes of accumulated sand and several more have donated financially to the campaign.

The digger has been booked for Monday and Tuesday when volunteers will begin clearing from the Look Out pub northwards.

Today’s clearance forms part of the Marine Conservation Society’s nationwide beach tidy-up operation, which also involves recording the volumes of rubbish removed.

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