beach clean volunteers
collect 19 bags of litter
sackfuls of rubbish were collected from Burnham-On-Sea's beach and
the banks of the River Brue estuary during a community clean-up
held on Saturday (November 26th).
newly-formed Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach met next to the town's
Sailing Club pontoons as part of an ongoing project to clean up
the town's beach.
group was formed by Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset, the campaign
that's overseeing Burnham's attempt to improve the town's sea water
Coastal Officer Harriet Yates-Smith said: "We collected 19
bags of rubbish during the clean-up - mainly small bits of broken
were also two tyres - one of which was a tractor type - and also
two pumpkins, a t-shirt, lots of plastic cotton bud sticks, a bucket
and a fish crate."
District Council came to collect all the rubbish at the end of the
clean-up and we left the banks of the Brue looking wonderful."
big thank you goes to all the wonderful volunteers who came along."
group intends to meet regularlyu to clean up the beach, going as
far as Brean in the future to tidy the whole coastline.
Hollidge, who is leading the group, also thanked those who had come
along and told Burnham-On-Sea.com he hopes more will get involved
in coming months as the Friends of Burnham Beach grows.
group, the Pooper Troopers, was also recently formed to clean up
the seafront area, to encourage responsible dog ownership and prevent
dog fouling along the beach and seafront.
comes after Burnhams sea water quality was given a 'poor'
rating in the latest water quality survey, but with signs of improvement.
It follows stricter new EU bathing water quality standards coming
into force earlier in the year.
is also underway by Wessex Water, Sedgemoor District Council and
the Environment Agency to address the sea water quality.