Weston Grand Pier’s beach cleaning team were forced to fill 35 large bin liners during last weekend’s clean up, after visitors enjoying the hottest weekend of the year discarded facemasks, nappies and plastic bottles on the sand.
Crowds “swamped” the seafront on Saturday and Sunday in order to enjoy the warm weather and lessened restrictions, however pier staff and volunteers were left to pick up the litter covering the beach between the pier and former seaquarium.
“It was glorious weather at the weekend but the beach was left very dirty,” said head of operations Remy Haudecoeur. “The team collected between 60 and 80 discarded face masks off the beach. I myself picked up a dozen in the water on the shoreline.”
“The sands were full of other rubbish including nappies, baby wipes and bottles and cans and other rubbish.”
Though North Somerset Council contractors clean the beach daily, Haudecoeur urged the authority to increase its facility provision, as well as calling on visitors to take responsibility for their own mess.
“At the moment only outdoor hospitality is open which means everything is on a takeaway basis. The council, on this basis, should provide additional bins.”
“People also need to put their rubbish in the bins or take it home with them rather than expecting others to clean it up.”