Monday, 2 September 2013

Friends of Redcar conquer the beach again

On Sunday 1st September Friends of Redcar carried out their second successful beach litter pick. This time the focus of attention was on the Zetland area of the beach. Starting at the Zetland Park roundabout our 35 volunteers worked their way along the beach towards the Zetland lifeboat museum.

We collected 50 bags of litter and created 8 piles of rubble for Redcar and Cleveland borough council to remove the following morning. Natalie Williams co-founder of Friends of Redcar said "Over the two litter picks we have removed more than 5 tons of brick and rubble. We can raise awareness to reduce litter but building debris is a different problem. We intend to continue our focus on this issue. Our beach shouldn't resemble a building site". 

 The building debris found along the length of the new coastal defences is believed to have been left from the regeneration work carried out by Birse Coastal. Friends of Redcar chairman Carl Quartermain raised the issue with the council at their inaugural meeting. Carl said "The council have requested that Birse Coastal return and clear up. We shall also contact Birse but as the work has been signed off, I doubt we'll see them again." He added "Redcar is our home. As community representatives we would request involvement with inspecting building/demolition work carried out to ensure the clean up is sufficient."

Thank you to everyone who got involved and showed just how much you care about our home, Redcar.

 Friends of Redcar are a growing community action group examining issues that have a negative visual affect on tourism, business and residents and bring action to them. Our next open meeting is at 6:30pm on the 18th September at TunedIn. Join us!

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