11 SEP 2014

PENDINE BEACH FINALLY GETS THOROUGH CLEAN - THANKS TO GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION!

It's taken almost a year and a letter from a Government minister, but for the first time ever, the whole of Pendine beach can be litter-picked.
Pendine resident Sheila Scottow contacted her MP Simon Hart in 2013 to complain that the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) was not allowed to clean a large part of Pendine beach - because of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) range which covers much of the Sands.

So Mr Hart wrote to the MoD and, after months of chasing, finally got the go-ahead from the man at the top.
"It took about six months of chasing but we finally got a letter back from the Minister to say there was no reason the clean-up couldn't go ahead as long as Qinetiq, who run the range, were happy," explained Mr Hart.
Now Sheila has organised an official MCS Big Beach Clean-Up on Sunday September 21.
"I joined the MCS when I moved here four years ago but they didn't do a clean up locally so I thought I would organise one, " she explains. "But it turned out you couldn't litter pick beyond the restricted signs because of the MoD range. "The village end of the beach isn't too bad though, it's beyond the signs where all the rubbish is.
"We want to encourage tourism and the beach is messy but we weren't allowed to pick it up.
"I'm delighted that there is now official permission for all the beach to be cleaned."
The MCS litter pick will see a 100-metre stretch carefully cleaned and all the litter logged to contribute to a national survey. However, as many people as possible are encouraged to turn up and help clean as much debris from as large a stretch as possible.
"There's nothing to stop us collecting as much as possible as long as we do the survey first," said Mrs Scottow.

Mr Hart added: "Hopefully, now that we have got official permission "from the top", this will be the first of many litter picks at Pendine."

*The Pendine Big Beach Clean-Up takes place from 12.30 on Sunday September 21. All welcome.

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