campaign aims to rid beaches of plastic rubbish
and Highbridge Town Council has this week given its backing to a
new 'green' project to reduce the use of single-use plastics such
as cutlery, straws and cups in the town in order to help local beaches
and marine life.
Wakeling from the campaign group Surfers Against Sewage - pictured
below with the Deputy Mayor Peter Clayton and Town Council Clerk
Tatiana Cant - addressed councillors on Monday (December 11th) to
explain why it's so important to clean up local beaches, river estuaries
and the sea by reducing plastic waste to stop pollution.
Town Council unanimously passed a motion to support the 'Plastic-Free
Coastlines' scheme and are now encouraging residents in Burnham-On-Sea
to get involved by saying 'no' to single-use plastics, such as straws,
takeaway cups and polystyrene food boxes.
said: "I grew up in this area and have been windsurfing in
Burnham for 25 years so I have quite a big interest in keeping the
sea clean. The South West is the second worst region of the UK for
plastics on beaches and plastic has increased by 10% over the last
frequently find single-use plastics such as straws, cups and food
containers which is killing marine life. We all need to do our bit
to reduce the use of plastics."
MP James Heappey, pictured below with Mr Wakeling, also gave
his backing to the campaign in a letter read out at Monday's meeting.
MP said: "The amount of plastic that's washed up on our beaches
is horrendous and it is gut wrenching to see the amount of it that
has obviously been pecked or bitten by birds or other marine life."
added: "Much of the plastic on Burnham beach originated locally
and so by committing to the Plastic Free Coastline we can make a
big difference to marine life in our area. We'll also be having
a positive impact on the visitor experience in the town and it will
be helpful in our pursuit of higher bathing water standards too."
had the please of working with Mark on the Bathing Water Steering
Group and we are lucky to have such a committed campaigner living
locally. He has my full support."
Chamber Of Trade has also supported the campaign this week, with
a spokesman saying: "We're fully behind the scheme and have
invited Surfers Against Sewage along to speak at one of our upcoming
members meetings for Burnham's businesses to hear more about how
they can get involved."
Martin Cox said at Monday's meeting: "The BBC's Blue Planet
has opened my eyes to how vast a problem the plastics problem is
- and I fully support this campaign."
Mike Facey added: "I support it completely and propose that
we accept the motion. It was seconded by Cllr Phil Harvey and councillors
voted unanimously in favour.
motion reads: "That this council supports the Surfers Against
Sewage Plastic Free Coastline campaign in an effort to reduce the
use of single use plastics (eg cutlery, straws, cups etc) in the
town which, in turn, contribute not only to the plastic pollution
epidemic to our waters, but also to the litter problem on our streets.
This Council notes that achieving this accreditation requires five
objectives to be met and that this council will lead by example."
of the five objectives involves a local council passing a motion
to support Plastic-Free Coastlines, meaning it has achieved the
The Friends of Burnham Beach have been busy this year cleaning
local beaches to try and reduce the amount of waste littering local
tidelines - their latest clean is this coming Saturday.