Chichester District Council is urging people to do their bit for the environment and join in a Big Beach Clean-up in Selsey on Saturday 7 July to help reduce the amount of litter along the coast.
This is one of many initiatives that are taking place across the district supporting the council’s Against Litter campaign.
The council’s Community Warden for Selsey, Neil Hill, is organising the clean-up and is looking for volunteers to join in from 10.30am until 2.30pm at East Beach, Selsey. Local environment group, East Beach Pond Group will be taking part, along with local schoolchildren and their families.
A number of Selsey residents have expressed concerns to Neil about the amount of litter, especially plastics and fishing equipment that is left or washed up on the beach.
Pupils at Medmerry Primary School have also shared their worries about the impact of litter on the environment and marine wildlife in Selsey and are keen to support the event. The children have been busy designing posters to promote the clean-up which can be found in shop windows along High Street, Selsey.
Selsey Town Council is also helping to promote the event as well as several local businesses.
“This is the type of event that will really bring the community together to tackle an issue that affects us all,” says Councillor Eileen Lintill, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Chichester District Council. “People of all ages and abilities can take part in the clean-up. The more people that volunteer, the more litter we can clear so I would encourage everyone to come along and take part.”
“It’s great to see yet another group supporting our Against Litter campaign,” says Councillor Roger Barrow, Cabinet Member for Resident’s Services at Chichester District Council. “I am really pleased that so many local children are keen to make a difference and will be taking part on the day.”
On the day, volunteers will meet Neil at East Beach car park at 10.30am for a health and safety briefing. Volunteers will then start the clean-up at East Beach slipway and make their way along the seafront to West Beach.
People are advised to bring refreshments with them and to wear sensible clothing and footwear. All equipment including gloves, litter pickers, high visibility vests and bags will be provided.
For more information, people can contact Neil Hill by calling 07768 206974 or by email at [email protected]
The Against Litter campaign was launched last year in response to residents’ concerns about litter across the district. The campaign aims to bring everyone together in the fight against the crime of littering. The council is encouraging residents, businesses and community groups to get involved in the campaign by becoming litter aware and taking pride in their local area. People can find out more about the campaign by visiting www.chichester.gov.uk/againstlitter