Even the quiet cove at Fairlight has not escaped the scourge of plastic pollution. Below the cliffs, the beach has been littered with a steady build-up of rubbish trapped behind the three rock berms, with an abundance of polystyrene which would simply remain on the beach forever.
But local volunteers decided enough is enough and have begun an eight-session clean up operation. Planned and run by Strandliners – a Fairlight-based community interest company which collects data on plastic pollution – and in partnership with Surfers Against Sewage and the Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat.
Strandliners’ CEO Andy Dindale says, ‘We survey the trash because the data gained builds a bigger picture – national and international – providing a firm base to lobby for change to stop pollution at source’.
Volunteer leader Beverley Coombes said, ‘We are now at the midway point in the Fairlight Berm project with the first three sessions yielding more than 60 bags. It’s all plastic – mainly a mass of polystyrene pieces and plastic bottles.’
So, if you spot tarpaulins and sacks full of rubbish at Fairlight Cove, it’s the work of dedicated Strandliners volunteers. Rubbish bags will be picked up by the PLIRB after the final session and taken round to the Pett Level slipway on Sunday afternoon (6th September). Strandliners will be on hand to answer enquiries and look forward to seeing everyone there!
Andy Dinsdale again, ’This is a real community effort. We could not have done it without the Pett Level inshore Rescue Boat and are so grateful to Darren and the whole team. Thanks also for the backing from Rother District Council and Biffa, plus of course the support from Surfers Against Sewage. All have played a significant role in the success of the clean-up – making for a safer beach for marine life and a more attractive one for walkers. Thank you to everyone who took part’.
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