Residents unite for beach clean

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Local residents keen to rise to the challenge of clearing up the aftermath of recent storms along Bexhill beach turned out in force last Saturday to offer their help.

Bexhill Environmental Group (BEG) group member Joe Conneally, who heads up the Bexhill Community Beach Clean team, said over 100 volunteers helped remove rubbish which high winds and tides had brought to our shore in recent weeks, adding: “It was our best-ever response from the public, and a great testament to the core desire for Bexhill residents to show they really do care for the place in which we live.

“All who turned out went away feeling proud to have given a bit of their time and made a difference. It was a pleasure to also see members from Brighton University (based in Eastbourne) – Harriet Scoot and Amber Willis - who are part of the ‘Clean Our Seas’ project and they did show a real passion to not only remove the pollution but also keen to communicate their knowledge and make others aware of the importance of local action groups”.

BEG welcomed regular volunteers who worked alongside newcomers, gathering over 80 sacks of rubbish. The volunteers were equipped with gloves, grabbers and buckets donated by the Cooden Beach Hotel and B&Q; the line of rubbish collectors stretched from Galley Hill to the De la Warr Pavilion.

Joe said BEG have been keeping, and adding to, a list of objects found by beach cleaners and last Saturday was no exception, he said: “New items found were a toothbrush, remembrance poppy, half a plastic tennis racket and a windscreen wiper! The over-riding intention is to remove any objects which are harmful to the environment – so specifically plastics and anything which will not naturally biodegrade.”

BEG volunteers also chatted to interested passersby about the clean up operation and welcome donations to help purchase more ‘grabbers’, which cost £7 each.

Returning to base after the beach clean, families, friends and erstwhile strangers all enjoyed a chat and refreshments supplied by the Little Common branch of the Co-op.

The next Bexhill beach clean is on March 22, at the west end of the prom (opposite Richmond Road), 10am until midday. Visit the website: