Morning beach litter rakes stopped - but invasive grass to be cleared
- Credit: James Weeds
Beach raking for litter was ditched by the council after evidence suggested it did not work.
Great Yarmouth Borough Council (GYBC) will be discussing how to keep the beach tidy at the upcoming Environment Committee meeting on Friday.
A report, carried out by James Wilson, head of Environmental Services, states that early morning beach rakes were previously carried out in order to clear litter from the area.
However, the report states, "it was not picking up litter as intended" and people had to pick up litter behind it manually.
The North and Central beach is currently cleaned every day between April and October by hand pickers.
Previously, hand pickers were assisted by the rakes, but they would still have to walk the beach to ensure litter had been collected by the machine.
"Therefore [the rakes were] not providing benefit for the time taken," the report stated.
- 1 Concern for missing Great Yarmouth man
- 2 School defends Covid policy
- 3 Do you remember when these celebrities visited Great Yarmouth?
- 4 'This affects everyone' - Erosion strikes Hemsby again
- 5 Plan for new 30 affordable houses in Great Yarmouth
- 6 Car park closed after more erosion at Winterton
- 7 You can help keep Gorleston safe by joining CCTV team
- 8 Banned drink driver led Great Yarmouth police on chase
- 9 Former school, day centres and farm could be sold by council
- 10 Great Yarmouth set to be transformed into a winter wonderland once again
Despite not being a reliable method for litter picking, the rakes did prevent the growing of unwanted grasses - sparking a new use for them.
A trial for the beach rakes to be used as a way of maintaining the golden sands is being proposed at the meeting.