Bexhill Environmental Group (BEG) and volunteers were out in force last week clearing Cooden beach of tons of rubbish which had accumulated over recent months.
More than of 30 bags of rubbish, including a bicycle, part of an engine base plate, a fish tray and several oil drums, were collected by BEG volunteers when a small group held an informal clean up at Cooden Beach. Smaller items found included sachets of SOS drinking water (intact though not tested), black lacey panties (!), wellington boots (two but not a pair), a torch (not fit for purpose) and a plastic Christmas decoration.
BEG’s Chris Ashford said he was delighted that rain held off allowing volunteers to do such a sterling job. He added: “I was particularly pleased that a group cleared the cliff face and foreshore area around Beaulieu Road.”
BEG have held regular beach cleaning events on Bexhill beaches over the winter months but do not anticipate facilitating any more of these events until the autumn as Rother District Council undertakes this task during the summer months. However, Joe Conneally and the beach cleaning team look forward to seeing all their supporters in the autumn.
Joe said: “I hope meanwhile, that all residents when using our beautiful beaches will take the opportunity to pick up any rubbish and dispose of it either in their personal bins or in the council provided waste bins on the promenade.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank BEG sponsors the Cooden Beach Hotel, B&Q and little Common Co-operative Society.”
An up to date list of ‘finds’ from BEG’s beach clean events can be seen at the website: www.bexhillenvironmentalgroup.com