community beach clean to take place today
are being sought to join a community clean-up of Burnham-On-Sea's
beach and the banks of the River Brue estuary on Saturday (November
recently-formed Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach, pictured here,
will hold the event from 10am-12 noon as part of an ongoing project
to clean up the town's beach.
group was formed earlier this year by Litter Free Coast and Sea
Somerset, the campaign that's overseeing Burnham's attempt to improve
the town's sea water quality.
Yates-Smith, Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset Project Co-ordinator,
said: "At the last beach clean in September the brilliant volunteers
of the Friends of Burnham Beach collected 15 bags of rubbish, a
tyre and a fish crate from the mouth of the River Brue."
month we're going back for more. Not only did the group find lots
of plastic, they also found hundreds of cotton bud sticks. You may
ask how cotton bud sticks that we use at home are finding their
way into our rivers? The answer is people are flushing them down
the toilet when they should be going in the bin."
"The sticks are so small that they don't get caught in the
screens at the sewage treatment plant, they travel straight through
the system and on to our beaches. As they are made of plastic they
dont break down which means they can last in our marine environment
for hundreds of years, littering our beaches and threatening marine
life. Love your loo and only flush pee, poo and paper - everything
else should go in the bin."
next Friends of Burnham Beach Clean is this Saturday 26th November
and everyone is invited. It will be held from 10am-12 noon at the
mouth of the River Brue. The meeting place will be outside Burnham-On-Sea
Sailing Club on The South Esplanade, TA8 1DL
Equipment will be provided. Anyone under the age of 18 has to be
accompanied by an adult. Please wear appropriate footwear (wellies
or sturdy shoes) and suitable clothing for the day.
comes after Burnhams sea water quality was given a 'poor'
rating in 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, alongside the work already underway
by Wessex Water, Sedgemoor District Council and the Environment
group's clean-up underway on Burnham beach at the previous clean