Burnham-On-Sea Coastal Officer issues rallying call to community
Burnham-On-Sea's new Coastal Officer is calling on the community
to work together to reduce marine and beach litter in order to
improve the town's bathing water quality.
Harriet Yates-Smith is running the independent community campaign
called Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset, a project led by the
Severn Estuary Partnership.
wants to harness Burnhams strong community spirit to reduce
marine litter and improve the bathing water quality by encouraging
people to consider and reduce their own impacts on water quality
through targeted campaigns, events and education.
comes after Burnhams popular beach suffered a 'poor' rating
last November after stricter new EU bathing water quality standards
came into force.
the quality of the seawater is no worse than it has been in the
past, it was clear that more needed to be done to involve the
local community in finding a solution, in addition to work already
underway by Wessex Water, Sedgemoor District Council and the Environment
Free Coast and Sea was first set up by the Dorset Coast Forum
in 2011 and was started as an attempt to find and address the
root causes of litter along Dorset's coastline.
five years of successful collaborations, events and campaigns
with the community, the project is being rolled out to Burnham
and potentially to the rest of the Severn Estuary coastline in
Harriet has a background in environmental science, marine management
and community engagement and will use her experience to help shape
the campaign alongside the people of Burnham.
is requesting that community groups, businesses and individuals
contact her to talk about what they love about Burnhams
seafront, what they do at the local beaches, what they think are
the key issues affecting the water quality in Burnham and where
they think the litter on Burnham beach comes from.
plans to run a community workshop to help decide what issues would
be best to tackle and have the most community benefit and who
needs to be involved.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I have been out and about in Burnham
for a month now and I can already see how passionate everyone
is about their town."
"The future of Burnhams bathing waters and keeping
the beach free from litter is everyones responsibility including
Local Authorities, water companies, dog walkers, farmers, local
residents, visitors and businesses. By working together it is
possible to make a difference and start reducing our impact on
Burnhams beaches and bathing water."
To get in touch with Harriet to share your thoughts or request
her to come and speak at your organisation or community group
meeting, contact her on 029 20 874713 or 07973 176961 or by email
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