Nappy nightmare on Yarmouth's beach

The vast majority of rubbish left on our beaches is from visitors who ironically come to enjoy our famous golden sands.That is the conclusion reached by litter pickers following last weekend's Volley Ball competition at Central Beach Great Yarmouth.

The vast majority of rubbish left on our beaches is from visitors who ironically come to enjoy our famous golden sands.

That is the conclusion reached by litter pickers following last weekend's Volley Ball competition at Central Beach Great Yarmouth.

Although staged in glorious sunshine and hailed an outstanding success many visitors decided it was acceptable to leave soiled nappies and picnic leftovers behind rather than taking their rubbish with them or putting it in the many bins provided.

Keith Eglinton, seafront enforcement officer, said the beach had to be thoroughly litter picked before it could even be raked on Monday, such was the amount of detritus left behind.


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He said it was reported to him that up to 40 used nappies had been picked up. Other unsavoury clutter included the leftovers of a picnic, cutlery, bottles and even the hamper itself.

Mr Eglinton said that the resort welcomed visitors with open arms, their spending providing the backbone of the local economy but that persuading them it was not acceptable to use the beach as a tip was a challenge.

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Possible solutions include a poster campaign and roving rangers authorised to issue fixed penalties.

The beach is raked from Salisbury Road to Wellington Pier three times a week and the bins emptied first thing every morning.

“The rake at central beach was due to be done on Monday anyway but I was told there was considerable extra rubbish. We had extra wheelie bins out for the competition and they were well used.

“There is a cost for us to have the beach raked three times a week,” Mr Eglinton said adding: “But we do not let these things get us down.”

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